For Immediate Release:
December 13, 2012
McDuffie Asks Mayor Gray: Where is the Plan for Ivy City?
Today, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D – Ward 5) sent a letter to Mayor Vincent Gray(D) urging him not to expend additional government resources on the lawsuit to operate acharter bus lot at the Alexander Crummell School in Ivy City or in further pursuit of theproject.On December 10, the D.C. Superior Court issued a preliminary injunction halting the Districtfrom operating a charter bus lot at the Crummell School until the city consults with Ivy City’sAdvisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) and conducts an environmental screening of theproject.“The Alexander Crummell School is a nationally-designated historic landmark that has falleninto disrepair – largely due to the city’s neglect,” said McDuffie. “The school is in the heart of the blossoming Ivy City community that has been clamoring for resources to enhance thequality of life for residents.” Yesterday, Mayor Gray was quoted as saying, “’I didn’t talk to anybody about preservingCrummell … That school has been used as a homeless shelter, it’s been vacant. I have beena part of no discussions like that.’”
While Councilmember McDuffie agrees that there is no plan to displace the residents of IvyCity, “It is unsettling that there really is no plan to invest positive resources in thecommunity,” said McDuffie. “The community wants and deserves workforce developmentinitiatives, recreation for youth, and educational opportunities. I urge the Mayor to divert theresources being expended on this lawsuit to develop and execute a plan for the benefit of Ivy City’s residents.” The full text of McDuffie’s letter follows.###