YOUR ITEM ABOUT THE Levine School’s proposal to move to 2801 Upton St. NW (“City Desk,” 11/4) has four major flaws:
It wrongly suggests only the 38 homes in the Upton Street Preservation League oppose the plan. Also on record against it are two groups, representing over 1,600 residents, and the 20-plus-member Neighbors on Upton Street.
It ignores the fact that the Advisory Neighborhood Commission voted 7-0 against the Levine plan.
It accepts Levine’s lie that “most performances will only have about 30 attendees.” As the attached report by the D.C. Office of Planning shows, of 74 performances in the 300-seat theater, about 34 “would be capacity events” and up to 12 would attract “between 150 and 200 people.” In addition, the report says, up to “50 to 75 persons” would be at the largest of the 23 recitals in the separate 120-seat auditorium.
It scoffs at our serious concerns about how traffic, parking, and commotion from a seven-day-a-week, morning-noon-and-night operation will reduce the safety and quality of a quiet residential neighborhood.
Susan Wiener, President, Van Ness East Condominium Association and Karen Perry, President, Van Ness South Tenants Association, Van Ness