The District is holding two community workshops on the future of the Chevy Chase Civic Site. The meetings are intended to give community members a space to discuss goals, priorities, and answer questions on the future of the site, as part of DC’s “Our RFP” public engagement process.
Ward 3 residents like you have been urging the city to act boldly and build significant dedicated affordable, mixed income housing above the Chevy Chase community center and library. Opponents, however, are pushing back. That’s why we need you to show up at one of these two community meetings.
Community meetings on the future of Chevy Chase civic core
Community meeting #1:
Saturday, October 14, 12:00 – 4 pm
Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church (One Chevy Chase Circle NW)
(Virtual attendance available)
Community meeting #2:
Wednesday, October 18, 6 – 8 pm
Chevy Chase Community Center (5601 Connecticut Avenue NW)
We need you to voice your support for adding at least 100 affordable, mixed income homes to the public site, along with a new library, community center and public spaces. This proposal implements ANC 3/4 G’s support for housing at this site, along with the community’s recently completed Small Area Plan. The Small Area Plan guides change for upper Connecticut Avenue that includes a rebuilt “Civic Core” – as an exciting mixed-use co-development.
We joined with our partners Ward3Vision and Washington Interfaith Network (WIN) to propose goals for the site. Here are our top priorities:
- Include at least 100 new homes at the Civic Core site, in addition to building a new library and community center.
- Ensure the mixed-income housing serves a range of households from extremely low income to low income — or 30% median family income (MFI) to 80% MFI
Along with making the most of this affordable housing opportunity, you can also provide your input on how a new library, community center, and public spaces can better serve the community, and make this site a true civic core for Chevy Chase.
Be aware that these plans for affordable housing are contested. This is despite the big advantage of free public land in this high-cost neighborhood. Let’s not miss another opportunity like the Tenleytown Library where opponents killed planned affordable housing.
We must use this unique opportunity to create a more inclusive Ward 3. Join us Saturday or next Wednesday (or both!). You can also learn more about the efforts of our partners at Neighbors for Housing Equity.