Chevy Chase Citizens Association: March 28, 2018

The Chevy Chase Library is located at 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2017)

Our association supports efforts of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3/4G to renovate the Chevy Chase Community Center. The D.C. government had agreed to start the process next year of modernizing the structure, which has not been worked on extensively since 1998-2000.

Over the last year, we have taken part in many public meetings with the ANC to gather community feedback on how people are using the facility and what they would like to see in a new building. We also took a lengthy public survey.

In anticipation of the next city budget cycle, ANC 3/4G compiled an extensive proposal and estimated that a complete overhaul would cost $24 million, much more than the $8 million the city had listed for what might have only been cosmetic improvements.

We are pleased to report that last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser recommended that roughly $19.54 million be set aside for the project during the next three fiscal years. The proposal calls the center “old and underutilized,” and adds, “the community is quite diverse and there is a need for more expanded programming opportunities-especially for seniors.”

ANC Chairman Randy Speck said the commission will “look carefully at what can be done with this $19 million to achieve the community’s needs and desires that we identified.” If more is needed, our community can make that case to the D.C. Council or can revisit the budget later.

In other news, we had planned a public program last week with Northwest Neighbors Village on the dynamics of caregiving. The event was postponed because of an incoming snowstorm. We will announce a new date for the program later.

Last week, we listed spring classes at the community center starting next Monday. More activities for seniors will be offered. To sign up, visit the center between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. through Friday this week.

The activities are functional fitness, Mondays 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; bridge club, Monday and Wednesday, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.;  music and melodies, Tuesdays 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; craft class, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; coffee and current events, Thursdays, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; intro to dance, Fridays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and chair fitness (seated aerobics and strength conditioning), Saturdays, 9 to 10 a.m.

— Ted Gest