Thank you for covering the latest development proposal of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the Foggy Bottom community (“Cashing In,” 8/10). Unfortunately, your article contains key factual errors, which deserve to be corrected.
First, the multi-services homeless feeding program, including the huge Care-a-Van vehicle, which the Foggy Bottom community initiated, with funding from the IMF, was located across the street from the original feeding site at the IMF. Thus, it was not located in the densely residential area of Foggy Bottom where the Western Presbyterian Church relocated. Second, several years ago, the Care-a-Van vehicle was deeded to the D.C. Central Kitchen, which has continued the morning homeless feeding program at the same location, that is, across the street from the IMF. Developers in the Foggy Bottom/West End area have contributed to ensure continuation of this important program.
Since the IMF’s expansion in the early ’90s, the Foggy Bottom community has been successful in having the D.C. Council, under the leadership of Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, enact protective legislation for neighborhoods in Ward 2. Now developers who want excessive building rights in planned unit developments (PUDs) in Ward 2 are required, by law, to provide substantial amenities to the immediately impacted communities. In accordance with the law, the Foggy Bottom community is seeking amenities from the IMF for its latest expansion proposal to benefit the residential community east of Washington Circle.
I hope that the Washington City Paper continues to cover this story, especially because the IMF’s presence downtown has and will continue to negatively affect so many Washingtonians.