The Issue: The Pleasant Plains Civic Association hosted a meeting last night to discuss the Howard Town Center development on Georgia Ave. The center will include 400-450 rental units and a 24-hour supermarket. Over 70 people turned out to discuss the pros and cons.

Proponent: Darren Jones, chair of the Pleasant Plains Civic Association says: “I am happy so far, but we also hope that developers take our concerns into consideration. Only 8% of the units will be affordable housing—the rest will be at market rate. We’d like to see more affordable housing.”

Opponent: Alex comments on the New Columbia Heights blog: “yikes, I thought that was an old picture. That building’s ugly!”

Sylvia Robinson of the Emergence Community Arts Collective says: “It’s not set in stone yet.”

Next step: ANC 1B 11 are set to debate the development at their meeting on September 14.