GDS PULLS OUT OF OCTOBER ANC3E MEETING

GDS says they have no new updates to share and are busy readying their PUD application for filing, consequently they will not present at Wednesday's ANC 3E meeting (7:30 pm October 7 at Embassy Suites, Chevy Chase Pavilion). If you still would like to attend, the revised agenda includes:
    - Announcements / Open Forum– opportunity for members of the community to raise issues of concern or importance to the 3E neighborhood; and
    - Discussion of and possible vote on a letter to Georgetown Day School regarding traffic management issues related to its planned expansion and mixed-use project#
    Both agenda items provide opportunities to express community opinions on the GDS project. Being that it is possible GDS will file their PUD application with the Zoning Commission as early as Monday, October 5, you might have an opinion to express and maybe we can all do that by statement with electronic signatures. Watch for one sometime Tuesday, especially if GDS files. 
    
GDS has said they want to take over three pieces of public space totaling about 20,000 sq/ft, and the DC City Council must approve this. Understand, this is public land, owned by all DC residents. Once the property is transferred, GDS could gate it off, sell it, and the city would get no other revenues. Consider asking Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh to oppose this give-away. The GDS offer to mitigate this appropriation of land is only the Davenport Steps, about 7,000 sq/ft, which are of dubious benefit and are not accessible except by elevator in the South building. Good luck pushing a stroller, a shopping trolley or maneuvering steps if you have mobility issues but want to hang out with your friends with no fuss. If Davenport steps are eventually built, many feel they must include a ramp.