The Washington Gateway Neighborhood Association (WGNA), an affiliation of eight Home Owners Associations in the Southwest Waterfront compromising nearly 900 households, continues to show its strong support for a community-supported way-forward at the 501 Eye Street SW site.
In letters from July 2015, WGNA wrote to each City Council member and urged them to approve the Southwest Small Area Plan “without any modifications that cater to special interests or undercut the unique character of our neighborhoods.” In other words: don’t change the plan for the Shakespeare Theatre and against the wishes of the Southwest community. The City Council and Mayor Bowser responded to Shakespeare Theatre’s zoning change appeal with a resounding “No!” Click here for the letter to Councilmember Allen
WGNA reiterated its support for the neighborhood in a February 2016 letter by writing that its “position remains unchanged and parallels the language included in the Southwest Neighborhood Plan: ‘the Theatre and their development partner [should] address community concerns’ and ‘continue the dialogue with the Southwest community through the upcoming Comprehensive Plan Amendment Process.'” The letter goes on to say “We hope we can count on the District Office of Planning to continue to support the specific language of the Southwest Neighborhood Plan and to recommend strongly against a zoning change or a set down hearing for the proposed STC.” Click here for the letter to the Office of Planning
Kudos to WGNA for their continued advocacy!