Georgetown neighbors fighting new growth plan

By Jenna Johnson

Washington Post Staff Writer

Saturday, January 8, 2011; 10:11 PM

Campaign season is in full swing in the neighborhoods near Georgetown University. The opposing sides have mailed color pamphlets to hundreds of residents, hired consultants and sent out terse news releases. There are even yard signs.

The clash is not about an election. Instead, it’s centered on the university’s newly proposed 10-year plan, which was submitted last month to the D.C. Zoning Commission.

Neighbors had hoped the plan would include the construction of more residence halls, which could help reduce the number of undergraduates living in off-campus group houses. Instead, the plan envisions new or renovated academic and recreational venues, pedestrian-friendly walkways and more graduate students.

“These students are rolling into our neighborhoods, and we’re losing blocks that used to be residential,” said Cynthia Pantazis, a Citizens Association of Georgetown board member. “We’ve reached a saturation point. . . . It is catalyzing the neighbors.”

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