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Bowser Plan Would Add Lights to Columbia Heights Community Center

by Tim Regan — September 16, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

Columbia Heights Community Center, photo via Adam FagenA new proposal from D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to help fight crime in the District would make the Columbia Heights Community Center a little brighter, reported HillNow this afternoon.

The community center, located at 1480 Girard St. NW, would receive additional lighting if the D.C. Council approves Bowser’s fiscal 2015 supplemental budget, which she released yesterday. The budget calls for $1.1 million to install additional lights at that center as well as at seven other recreation centers across the city.

The lighting “will ensure that these centers remain a safe place for residents to congregate” in neighborhoods with “heightened crime,” according to a summary of the plan.

D.C. crime statistics show that 34 armed robberies, assaults with weapons and other violent crimes were reported within 1,000 feet of the recreation center from Jan. 1 to Sept. 16. During the same period last year, 24 such crimes were reported.

The center was briefly locked down in July when two men shot at one another near the Girard Street Park playground.

Photo via Adam Fagen

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