Chevy Chase Citizens Association: Jan. 31, 2018

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G meets in Chevy Chase. (Alexa Perlmutter/The Current/June 2017)

Our association’s leaders have told Mayor Muriel Bowser that we back a proposal by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase) for a complete renovation of the Chevy Chase Community Center at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW.

Last week, the ANC unanimously adopted a report that was prepared after a long series of community meetings to discuss the project. The ANC acted after hearing neighborhood residents speaking mostly in favor of the plan.

The ANC proposes to gut the interior of the structure and rebuild it to accommodate activities that local residents and others favor. Many of these are ongoing, such as fencing, ballet, exercise classes for seniors and Scrabble. Others could be included in a modernized facility, such as a “quiet” lounge and access to computers.

The commission also seeks a new half-court gymnasium, which would complement the outdoor basketball court that was built on the site several years ago.

Writing to the mayor on behalf of our executive committee, our second vice president, Robert Gordon, said, “We appreciate the care that went into the underlying process from which this report has emerged. We applaud the community involvement, the transparency, inclusiveness and the ANC’s thoughtful analysis behind this report.”

We hope that Council members Mary Cheh and Brandon Todd, who represent our area, will back full funding for the project in next year’s D.C. budget.

Many details of the plan are yet to be worked out. We expect to be involved in commenting on the design process, which may take a year after funding is approved. Construction might not begin until late 2019 or early 2020. Activities now held in the building, including our association’s meetings, would be relocated for more than a year. The commission’s lengthy report, including a detailed analysis of a public survey on the renovation, is posted on its website,

The center hosts its annual “Sweet Tea” party for kids ages four through 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 10. This year’s theme is hats. Participants must wear their “Sunday best.” To register, call 202-282-2204 or visit the center.

— Ted Gest