$1.5 Million Included in DC Budget for Bruce-Monroe Site Development

CM Graham issued the following release on the listservs today. Most importantly for area residents is the $1.5 million put in the budget to support the development of the Bruce-Monroe site for public use.

Dear Friends:

I wanted to tell you immediately some of what we got in the budget.

I worked with Chairman Gray to put $1.5 million in to transform the old Bruce-Monroe site into the community use we need. The Mayor’s office said there was only $500,000 in the budget. That was not enough for the basketball courts, night-time lights, fencing, tennis court, programming and other beautification items. The stakeholders challenged me to find more. We did.

There will also be $7 million for D.C. small businesses hurt by the streetscape projects. This money will be placed in a fund for the sole purpose of providing tax relief for our small businesses. Earlier this year, several Col. Heights businesses showed me photos of the obstacles – diggers, brick piles, sand and all manner of debris – stopping their customers at the door. They also shared some of their financial books, all of which spurred me to act. We will be developing the process itself in the next few weeks. But we had to get the budget funding in place.


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2 Comments on “$1.5 Million Included in DC Budget for Bruce-Monroe Site Development”

  1. […] May 26, 2010, Councilmember Jim Graham announced that an additional $1.5 Million had been secured for developing the site. At last night’s Georgia Avenue Community Task Force meeting, Andre […]

  2. Iwan Bagus Says:

    I have been living in Ward 1 for the past 12 years (previously in Adam’s Morgan and currently in Columbia Heights). I am very excited to see the development of Bruce-Monroe park.

    Due to the large amount of dog owners in the area, we would like to have in that park, a fenced-in area where we can take our dogs to run off-leash.
    Should you have any questions, please contact me.

    Thank you for your attention.

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