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Please join the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force in protesting a decision by Mayor Gray to remove the remaining $1.44M from the Georgia Avenue Great Streets Project.  Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Councilmember Jim Graham and Councilmember Muriel Bowser filed a disapproval resolution which can be viewed at https://sites.google.com/site/pleasantplainsdc/task-force/Reprog_19-75_Disapproval.pdf

 

What is Georgia Avenue Great Streets?  Great Streets funds were set aside to improve the streetscape of Georgia Avenue including lighting, trees, bicycle lanes, traffic control, sidewalks.  The Lower Georgia Avenue segment, from Otis Place to Florida Avenue was never implemented and funding for this area has been moved to projects in other parts of the city.  Mayor gray has just proposed moving the remaining $1.44 million to a project in NE.

What does the resolution I’m signing say?  The resolution issues a strong and formal protest of the Mayor’s actions and requests a meeting with the Mayor’s office and the DC Department of Transportation to discuss projects that will benefit the residents and small businesses of Lower Georgia Avenue.  See the full petition at https://sites.google.com/site/pleasantplainsdc/task-force/Protest_to_Mayor_Gray_for_Great_Streets_Funding.docx

What is the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force? A grassroots community organization whose mission is to ensure that development coming to Georgia Avenue between New Hampshire Avenue and S St. benefits the people that live here.  We meet every 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday of each month.  All residents and business owners are invited.  To find out more, contact Sylvia Robinson at (202) 462-2285 or sylvia @ecacollective.org or Darren Jones at (202) 723-0119 or colroadman@yahoo.com

Letter to
Mayor of Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, Washington DC
WHEREAS residents and small business owners have a vision to make the Lower Georgia Avenue community a vibrant arts and cultural center with themes of educational excellence and environmental sustainability; and

WHEREAS the Lower Georgia Avenue Great Streets Project was planned in 2006 as a key component in integrating the major development coming to Georgia Avenue; and

WHEREAS the Lower Georgia Avenue Great Streets Project will facilitate engagement of Howard University students with new and old residents, attract patrons of new retail and attract visitors to the new Georgia Avenue/Pleasant Plains Heritage Trail with better lighting, walkways, trees, and traffic control; and

WHEREAS the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force adopted a recommendation on 11/1/10 to work to fully restore and expand funding for the Great Streets Program; and

WHEREAS correspondence from then Chairman Vincent Gray in response to Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force questions on 9/9/10 stated “Therefore, I am committed to ensuring that Georgia Avenue has equal access to the city’s development dollars, including funding from the Great Streets and Main Street programs.”; and

WHEREAS the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force has outlined a proposal for productive use of the Georgia Avenue Great Streets funding on critical sections of Georgia Avenue not impacted by current development or the Howard University Campus Plan; and

WHEREAS funds for the Georgia Avenue Great Streets project have been reduced since plans were completed in 2006 leading to the continued deterioration of the neighborhood; and

WHEREAS Mayor Gray is proposing to remove $1.44 million from the Georgia Avenue Great Streets Project as reported 8/10/11 by the Washington Business Journal: Now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that on August 21, 2011 the undersigned residents and small business owners of Lower Georgia Avenue register a strong and formal protest to the action of Mayor Gray to remove $1.44 million from the Georgia Avenue Great Streets project; and be it further

RESOLVED, that members of the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions 1A and 1B meet with representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the DC Department of Transportation, and Councilmember Jim Graham to outline a plan for productive use of the funds on Lower Georgia Avenue.



Sincerely,