Chevy Chase Citizens Association: Dec. 6, 2017

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The Chevy Chase Community Center is located at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2017)

We’ve had a change in leadership of our association. After serving as president for more than a year and a half, Deean Rubin has stepped down. Kate Barnes-Domotor, our first vice president, will serve as acting president, probably until we hold our annual election in the spring. Robert Gordon continues as second vice president.

Kate grew up in our neighborhood. Five years ago, she and her husband, Chris Dietz, bought a home in Hawthorne. Chris chairs our association’s public safety committee. Kate is a real estate agent with the Dogwood Living Group at Real Living At Home.

She says, “The association appreciates Deean’s past service and wishes her well. Going forward, I am excited about working with our members to identify new and creative ways to further accomplish our continued mission of fostering community and improving the quality of life in both our neighborhood and our city.”

We’ve begun the process of formulating a position on the future of the Chevy Chase Community Center complex at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. The D.C. government is planning to allocate funds for renovation in 2019.

Last week, our members took part in the first of two public meetings called by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase) with officials from the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of General Services to discuss potential options. Several participants from our area agreed that we would like “comfortable, inspired space” on the site, said our officer Robert Gordon.

It seemed clear that an initially proposed $8 million would cover only basic renovation of the current center and would not be enough to provide for a gymnasium, which was favored by a solid majority in a recent survey. Adding a gymnasium likely would require either razing the existing structure and building a new one, or a significant addition.

A gymnasium or other extensive add-ons would require more money. We may end up requesting such an expenditure, given that our center is one of only a few such facilities west of Rock Creek Park. The second meeting will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the center. Plan to join that session if you want your voice to be heard.

— Ted Gest