Chevy Chase Citizens Association: Jan. 24, 2018

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

Our association’s executive committee supports the conclusions of a report by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G on the future of the Chevy Chase Community Center. The ANC was scheduled this week to approve a version of its proposal and hopes Mayor Muriel Bowser will include it in D.C.’s 2019 budget.

The District has planned a renovation of the building for next year. The ANC, with support from our association, has taken the lead in developing a plan for the structure. It calls for an extensive project that might cost $24 million.

The commission says the remodeled center should stay within the space occupied by the current one, with the exception of an added half-court gymnasium. Priority needs for the new building include an equipped fitness center; a lecture/performance hall with about 125 seats; rooms that can accommodate meetings, games and parties; a child care area; an area for dance, yoga and Pilates; a room for fencing and exercise; space for arts and crafts; and rooftop amenities. The ANC proposes more above-ground parking spaces and also called for coordination of improvements with the D.C. branch library on the same site.

Our association’s leaders applaud the ANC’s community involvement and the transparency, inclusiveness and thoughtful analysis behind its report. We noted that the new center will need a trained, motivated and professional staff to optimize its use.

In a related development, Friends of Lafayette Park will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29 at the community center to discuss D.C.’s. plans to renovate its recreation center at Lafayette Park. Area residents want the city to address preservation of trees and green space, stormwater and erosion, and other outdoor features of the site, in addition to the building work.

— Ted Gest