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Community Forum on SW CLT Effort

July 26, 2021

Back in April, we launched a petition to expand the Douglass Community Land Trust into the Southwest neighborhood. The petition calls for the government-owned property at 1101 Half St., SW, the current site of the fire engine repair shop, to be transferred to the Douglass CLT, which will establish a SW chapter to oversee the property.

Since April, over 200 residents have signed on in support. ANC 6D has expressed interest in pursuing the plan further, and Ward 6 Councilmember, Charles Allen, wrote a letter to the Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development, John Falcicchio, asking him to explore the CLT concept for the site.

As part of our outreach efforts, Westminster Presbyterian Church has offered to host a forum and discussion on CLTs, specifically to address the petition.

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CM Charles Allen Supports CLT Petition

June 3, 2021

On June 3rd, Ward 6 Councilmember, Charles Allen, wrote a letter to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development asking that a Community Land Trust model be used for the site. Predicting development timelines is notoriously tricky, but CM Allen believes that in about 4 years, the site will be ready for redevelopment. During that time, SW Action will continue to do outreach and come up with a plan that will serve the Southwest community. You can read more about the model and petition here.

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SW Mutual Aid Clothes Give-away

April 24, 2021

On Saturday, April 24th from 12-3 PM, SW Action supported the Ward 6 Mutual Aid's Clothing Giveaway at King Greenleaf Recreation Center. In addition to 100 meals donated from World Central Kitchen via Rasa, the special event included a 'treasure' table next to SW Mutual Aid's clothing tables where SW community members took clothes, shoes, jewelry, spa items, and any other miscellaneous treasures that caught their eye! We also shared information about SW Action, the CLT petition, and encouraged those that dropped by to fill out our community development survey.

DC Line: The Problem With Community Benefit Agreements

April 14, 2021

SW Action member, Pamela McKinney, wrote an opinion piece for the DC Line highlighting the conflict of interest in the Jemal Cotton Annex project and the problem with community benefit agreements in general. You can read it here.

Expanding the Douglass Community Land Trust Into Southwest

April 10, 2021

SW Action is launching a petition to expand the Douglass Community Land Trust (DCLT) into Southwest at the current fire truck repair station, which will be relocated in the future. SW Action wants to start a SW chapter of the DCLT to guide how the land will be developed. To learn more about CLTs, how they have been proven to create long-term affordable housing, affordable retail space, visit this page.

Westminster Project Grade: 84/100

March 31, 2021

SW Action applied their grading criteria to the Westminster Presbyterian project. The project received a score of 84/100. This is by far, one of the highest scores obtained by any project we have applied our criteria to. You can read the full analysis of the project here.

Press Release: Problems With Cotton Annex Project

March 15, 2021

SW Action released a press release regarding all the problems with the Cotton Annex project, including a clear conflict of interest between Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, Andy Litsky, and the non-profit group, the SW Community Foundation, who is supposed to be receiving $100,000 from the developer. Read the press release here.

Letter to CM Allen Regarding Comprehensive Plan

March 8, 2021

24 Southwest residents signed on to a letter urging Councilmember Allen to reject the Comprehensive Plan as proposed. The letter asks the Councilmember to include stronger language in the Plan and require more protections and benefits for historically underserved communities. You can read the letter here.

2nd Event On BIDs & Gentrification

February 17, 2021

In this second event, we'll be looking at the history of development, displacement, and homelessness in NOMA (includes Union Market)—juxtaposed with BID-sponsored, million dollar underpass art installations and mural festivals like Pow!Wow! DC.

Community Development Survey

January 27, 2021

The Community Development group has discussed the types of businesses and community organizations residents use and what they'd like to see. To learn what our neighbors' thoughts are on this topic, a short survey was created. You can take the survey here.