Bruce Monroe Property to be Discussed at Tonight’s GACDTF Meeting

Bruce Monroe Park (July 29, 2010)

The next meeting of the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force (GACDTF) is tonight, October 27th, at the Park View Recreation Center (693 Otis Place, nw corner of Warder). The meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. and will end at 8:30 to accommodate their closing time.

Hot on the heels of Monday, October 25th’s Washington Business Journal (WBJ) article announcing that the Neighborhood Development Co. (NDC) and EYA Development submitted the only bid to develop the Bruce Monroe property, Andre Byers from DMPED will be at the meeting to provide an update on the status of the Bruce Monroe property.

This issue is particularly important to Park View and anyone interested in the Park View School. At Vincent Gray’s Ward 1 Town Hall meeting, Gray stated that he believed our community could only support one school which could create an either/or situation with the schools if this comes to pass.

While the WBJ article described the NDC/EYA project as “multi-family rental units atop street-level retail … in addition to EYA-built townhouses on the western end of the 121,825-square-foot site,” in order to bid on the project NDC/EYA was required to submit plans for both options — one with a school and one without. Each plan needed to show a by-right scenario as well as an up-zoned scenario.

In addition to Bruce Monroe, the GACDTF will discuss a set of draft recommendations for Lower Georgia Avenue based on previous meetings and the August 7, 2010, community review.

Lastly, Sybongile Cook will be in attendance seeking ideas for the property at Florida and Sherman Avenues.

The future of the Park View School, seen here ca. 1920, will depend upon the District's response to the Bruce Monroe bid proposals


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One Comment on “Bruce Monroe Property to be Discussed at Tonight’s GACDTF Meeting”

  1. […] The Washington City Paper reported some very early interest in retail development on the Georgia Avenue side of the Bruce Monroe Park site. While the immediate future of the land remains a public park and community garden, there were development bids from October 2010. […]

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