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Notes from the Bruce Monroe Site Surplus Meeting

March 22, 2016

Bruce Monroe Surplus meeting(Bruce Monroe Surplus Meeting, March 21, 2016).

Last night’s public meeting on the proposed surplus of the Bruce Monroe site lasted for roughly two hours. It was hosted by DMPED’s Lee Goldstein in the auditorium of the Park View School building. The meeting began shortly after 6:30 with a brief presentation on the surplus process, along with a very brief overview on where things stand with the Park Morton redevelopment as that project is the desired use for the parcel.

After the initial presentation, those in attendance were given an opportunity to add their testimony to the surplus record that will be delivered to the Council for their deliberation on the matter. Those speaking were limited to 3 minutes, and the testimony was recorded and will later be transcribed. Slightly more than 100 people attended the meeting with at least 1/3 of them testifying.

Residents spoke both in support and opposition to the surplussing of the parcel. Many of the themes and comments were consistent with statements made at earlier Park Morton engagement meetings. Those who favor keeping 100% of the site as greenspace questioned how a property could be considered surplus with no identifiable public use when the “property is used all the time.” Several also referenced the old Hebrew Home site and vacant private property on Georgia Avenue as better build first sites.

Residents who favored surplussing the site also spoke in favor of using it for Park Morton, and the need for affordable housing in the city in general. One resident talked about how he uses the tennis courts at Bruce Monroe frequently and would probably not be able to find a new tennis court that he could walk to due to the development of the site — but stated he still supported the surplus of the property as he considered affordable housing a greater public use than a tennis court.

The testimony — while personal at times — was largely orderly. Those unable to speak, or who wish to submit written statements, can do so until close of business on Wednesday, March 23rd, by sending statements to Lee Goldstein at lee.goldstein(at)dc(dot)gov.

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