Posts Tagged ‘american university’

The Calm Before the Dorm

“Development Invades the Preserve of the Wealthy,” declared the Washington Post headline. A new residential project near American University called Westover Place had neighbors up in arms, worried that their peaceful lifestyle would be disrupted by a horde of new residents.
“Here you have these fine established residential neighborhoods, which will be impacted with increased density [...]

Twelve Colleges Want a Part of St. Elizabeths

The redevelopment of the St. Elizabeths East Campus, near the Congress Heights Metro station, is finally moving forward, and a dozen colleges and universities want to get in on the action.
In April, the city issued a solicitation for "academic institutions or consortia that wish to serve as the academic anchor for the St. Elizabeths East Innovation Hub, an [...]

NIMBYs Win One, Lose One in Upper Northwest

In case you didn't have a chance last week to locate a hard copy of the Northwest Current, a few stories of note:

Sure enough, the developers of the new Tenleytown Safeway backed down in response to neighborhood concerns (which verged into veiled threats of Giant-style litigation) over the monstrous height of a mixed-use project. They [...]

Scrap Gap

American University is trying hard to become the city’s least wasteful college. Two years ago, after eliminating trays in the cafeteria to cut down on overeating, AU started composting food scraps, collecting 500 tons annually. Then it added paper towels to the pile. Just recently, it hired a zero-waste coordinator to bring the total amount [...]

How to Understand D.C.’s Town Gown Complex

If for some reason you read just this blog and not the rest of the paper, allow me to director your attention to this week's cover story by Shani Hilton, which cuts through the noise and puts together a unified field theory of why wealthy universities fight with their wealthy neighbors. I particularly enjoyed this [...]

ANC Fights Preservation Group Over Designation of AU’s Tenley Campus

American University has been fighting the neighborhood on several fronts to get approval for a campus plan that includes moving its law school to the former Immaculata Seminary at Yuma Street and Nebraska Avenue NW. Naturally, one of them has to do with preservation: The Tenleytown Historical Society has submitted a landmark application for the [...]

In Response to Concerns, American Moves Beds Around

Taking a cue from Georgetown University, which made last-minute concessions before its first date with the Zoning Commission, American University is tweaking its campus plan to appease the neighbors before going through the review process.
On the "east campus," now a parking lot on Nebraska and New Mexico, A.U. proposes reducing the number of new beds [...]

Give the Department of Homeland Security to AU Park!

Following the progress of two large development projects–the Department of Homeland Security at St. Elizabeths in Ward 8, and American University's proposed campus plan in Ward 3–it's hard not to feel a little cognitive dissonance.
At the first, officials are struggling to figure out how on earth they're going to make a highly secure federal complex [...]

Some Neighbors vs. A Few Universities

'Tis the season for campus plans: Georgetown's will hit the Zoning Commission tonight (students are organizing buses to support it, while neighbors in opposition are arranging car pools), the University of the District of Columbia has its first hearing next month, American should come up soon after that. Howard is still formulating a detailed draft, [...]

Burleith: Just Slightly More of a Rental Ghetto Than Everywhere Else

Members of the citizens groups fighting against campus plans recently submitted by Georgetown and American Universities were none too happy that WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi included only university spokespeople in a Monday program on the subject. Before it started, the program's web page gathered more comments than probably any in WAMU's history, and the station was [...]