Save Johnson's Flower and Garden Center

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Save Johnson's Flower and Garden Center

This petition had 2,908 supporters

Committee to Bring Back Johnson's started this petition to American University President Sylvia Burwell and

Johnson's Flower and Garden Center in Tenleytown is closing because of increases in rents and fees imposed by its landlord, American University. Johnson's has been in Tenleytown for 84 years, and is part of the fabric of the community.

People from all over DC and neighboring jurisdictions depend on Johnson's for their yards and gardens. In addition, many of us walk to Johnson's and use it as a source of gifts and household items, as well as garden supplies and cut flowers. Johnson's is a heavily used and important resource in Northwest Washington.

DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson asked why Johnson’s has to close, stating: “Why is it to AU’s benefit as a landlord to have this space vacant?”

American University prides itself on its campus arboretum and on "maintaining good relations with our neighbors...." AU "welcome(s) the opportunity to be a valuable and valued community partner."

AU's campus arboreteum is a step in supporting the environment but AU also has a responsibility to help keep the rest of the neighborhood green and beautiful by helping to keep Johnson's open. AU is a non-profit and as part of their exemption from paying taxes, they should provide strong and ongoing community support.

We ask AU President Burwell to reopen negotiations with Johnson's in an effort to save this historic community resource."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This petition had 2,908 supporters