It’s no secret that Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal to place up to 29 families in transitional housing at 2105-2107 10th St. NW has prompted some questions from neighbors.
As part of her plan to close DC General, Bowser seeks to build new housing at several sites across the city, including one on a lot about two blocks west of the 9:30 Club at 10th and V streets NW. Bowser is looking to use the land for a “modern building [that] will complement the look and feel of the neighborhood,” according to a handout from the mayor’s office. In addition to apartment-style housing, the facility is slated to have playground and recreation space, a computer lab for residents, a common dining area and ongoing support services and programming for families.
More than 100 residents gathered at the YMCA Anthony Bowen last Thursday to hear the mayor’s plan and to weigh in on the discussion. Though meeting attendees appeared mostly supportive of the idea at that meeting, some have expressed doubt over Bowser’s plan.
Critics — like the group of residents behind this movement — say they’re unhappy with the mayor’s plan for variety of reasons, including a lack of community input and transparency. The mayor threw fuel on that fire recently by refusing to specify how or why she picked the locations of the forthcoming shelters, according to The Washington Post.
Still, others say the plan for new housing at 10th and V has so far been executed well.
Mayor Bowser is right to be opaque about her shelter plan. There was no way to do this with real community input: https://t.co/8rIxD2WTeH
— Kriston Capps (@kristoncapps) February 16, 2016
Because our story on last week’s meeting sparked a lively discussion, we want to hear what you think. Do you support the mayor’s plan to build a new transitional housing facility at 10th and V streets NW? Why or why not? Let us know by voting in the poll below and telling us in the comments