Housing Complex

Judge Allows Buses in Crummell Lot on Inauguration Day

The vacant Crummell School

Nearly a month after Ivy City residents celebrated a judge's ruling that temporarily barred bus parking on the lot of the defunct Crummell School, the city won a small victory today: a stay by the same judge that lifts her earlier injunction for the presidential inauguration on Jan. 21.

The city was hoping to use the space as a parking lot for buses while the upcoming Union Station redevelopment takes place. But Ivy City residents, fearing the health impact of the lot and the hindrance to improving their industrial-feeling neighborhood, sued the city and the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation. On Dec. 10, Superior Court Judge Judith Macaluso sided with the Ivy City residents, placing an injunction on the lot until the city carried out two necessary steps: an environmental study and consultation with the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission.

Four days later, despite Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie's pleas to the contrary, the city filed a motion for a stay on the ruling pending appeal. On Dec. 27, Macaluso denied the motion for a stay, so the city filed a supplemental motion for a stay to use the lot during inauguration.

Today, the court held an evidentiary hearing, and Macaluso agreed to lift the injunction from midnight to midnight on Jan. 21. Up to 65 buses can park that day at the Crummell School—the number the city planned to park there. Otherwise, the city said in a court document, it would have needed to find 10 to 12 city blocks for inauguration bus parking on short notice.

Macaluso did throw Ivy City residents a bone in her decision: The buses won't be able to idle unless the onsite warming trailers can't accommodate the bus drivers, in which case one bus may be used to keep them warm—but it'll have to direct its exhaust toward a nonresidential street.

Photo by Lydia DePillis

  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    will there be any oversight on this day? will the city have someone there to ensure compliance? and if the rules are being broken, what kind of fines could there be?

  • Col. Brentwood

    We'll have the day off, and I went to the Mall in 2008. Perhaps we could organize an angry mob with pitchforks.

  • Andria

    I am one of the plaintiffs in the case.The city assured the Judge on the penalty of perjury that there will be 5-10 staff on site and one of which will be monitoring and enforcing DC's anti idling law. If more than 1 bus idles then they will be ticketed.

    Col. Brentwood if your interested in our next steps, email me @ Andria@empowerdc.org.

    I think this is ridiculous to allow them to park even for a day when we have identified other DC owned surface parking lots that they city could very well use. They did not need nor use Crummell School in 2009 Inauguration and and so they could very well find and use other sites to accommodate the buses. We are prepared to continue in this fight for the long run, they may have won this battle but they will not win the war.

  • ToTheContrary

    Great news. It is just one day.

  • Burnt Orange

    Let us know what we can do to help you Andria.

  • ToTheContrary

    It is my understanding that this lot is spillover as well. The primary lots being RFK, Nationals Stadium, and Buzzards point, who, I might add, will have on street parking as well.