Ward 5’s Crummell School

DC Superior Court records indicate that the DC Government and the Union Station Redevelopment Corportation intend to appeal a judge’s recent decision halting plans for the city to allow charter bus parking at the old Crummell School in Ivy City.  On Monday, Judge Macaluso issued a preliminary injuction to put the parking lot plans on hold until the District and Union Station do two things:

  • Comply with procedures established by D.C. Code § 1-309.10
  • Submit an accurate Environmental Intake Form and Environmental Impact Screening Form to the District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, and complies with any requirements that result from evaluation of those submittals

DC Code 1-309.10 provides, in part, that District government provide 30 days notice to affected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners of proposed actions or use of DC-owned proptery such as this:

DC Code 1-309.10: “…Thirty days written notice…of such District government actions or proposed actions, including (1) the intent to acquire an interest in real property, either through purchase or lease or (2) the intent to change the use of property owned or leased by or on behalf of the government, shall be given by first-class mail to the Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, each affected Commission, the Commissioner representing a single-member district affected by said actions, and to each affected Ward Councilmember…”

After the city announced plans to work with Union Station to use the school’s parking lot for parking charter buses without providing the required notice to the ANCs, residents Vaughn Bennett, Andria Swanson, and Jeanette Carter filed suit to halt the plans.  Opponents of the city’s plans claim that Icy City’s Crummell School, which is currently in a state of disrepair with pieces of the facade falling down, is an historic landmark that should be saved and that using the school’s parking lot would endanger the health of surrounding residents. 

Ivy City is in an industrial area of Ward 5, and is bounded in part by New York Avenue, one of the busiest highway-like streets of the city.