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The details are out for the new Georgetown University Campus Plan, which the university and its neighbors hashed out together in a process that officials hope will prevent this one from being challenged in court—as every previous campus plan before it has been. Neighborhood groups with input on the plan will vote on it over the next few weeks; if they approve it, the neighbors and the university will submit it jointly to the Zoning Commission for approval.
So what’s in the plan?
- Georgetown will house 450 more students on campus by fall 2015 by converting the row of university-owned student town houses on 36th Street NW to administrative offices (or some equally silent function). The plan also calls for housing 90 percent of students on campus by 2025 (which is remarkably close to the Office of Planning’s recommendation of 100 percent). The plan also calls on the university to provide housing to graduate students who would otherwise live in the surrounding neighborhood.
- The university will cap enrollment for both undergraduate and graduate students. Caps were also bandied about in the last campus plan.
- Georgetown will establish a satellite campus of “at least 100 acres.” The neighbors don’t care where it is, as long as it is “elsewhere.”
- The university will establish “living and learning communities that centralize student social life on campus.” Georgetown officials say they’ll seek student input on how to draw students back on campus and out of the neighborhood. That includes amped up late-night programming and a soon-to-come student center. Students have made similar recommendations for bringing students back on campus and, in turn, smoothing over Campus Plan negotiations.
- The school will also add Capital Bikeshare infrastructure around campus and “significantly improve measures for relieving and parking traffic congestion from GU traffic.”