CSN submitted to the Zoning Commission a strong list of many points of errors, omissions, and new evidence for reconsideration by the Zoning Commission regarding the decision to approve the Adams Morgan luxury hotel.
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Latino Voices Stifled on Adams Morgan Hotel
DC Zoning Commission, ANC, Others Ignore Longtime Residents, Businesses
The voices of Latino and other longtime residents of Adams Morgan, fearful of gentrification and displacement, are having trouble being heard in the debate over the construction of a high-rise luxury hotel in the heart of their community.
The problem came to a head on Monday evening at the DC Zoning Commission’s third and final hearing on the hotel. Despite the legal obligation for the commission to listen to all sides and points-of-view, the commissioners initially refused to hear testimony from the Latino residents and other immigrant businesses owners who had made the trip to the hearing expressly to voice their objections.
“It’s as if we are just trash, ready to be thrown away by the city,” said Teresa Lopez, a longtime Adams Morgan resident. “We feel hopeless, but are outraged, and we won’t stop until the gentrification, displacement, and discrimination we are witnessing stops. This behavior by District planners is a complete disregard of the diversity of people which make Adams Morgan unique.”
The Zoning Commission’s attitude and actions fit a pattern of ignoring Latino families and small businesses and other low income residents – by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C, the DC Office of Planning and, of course, the developer. Particularly galling is the lack of accommodation for the large Spanish-speaking members of the community, including almost no meetings with interpretation services for the Latino residents and small businesses threatened by rising rents and other displacement effects of the hotel.
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Champlain Street Neighbors
On August 22, 2012 — WPFW 89.FM hosted a small business owner who operates a mom and pop Latino store located along Columbia Road, just around the block from the proposed Adams Morgan hotel site.
Latino Media Collective Hosts ask this owner why she and others are concerned about the Adams Morgan hotel.
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For a project of this proportions and of this impact, it is strange that the diverse families of many backgrounds who live just next to and across the street from the project site have been left out of the discussion almost entirely.
A few of the most impacted residents only found out about the progression of this proposed hotel in late May/early June. Most did not know until July/August that the proposed hotel was ever coming to the Advisory Neighborhood Commission and Zoning Commission meetings. There was no flyers given to these tenants who will be most directly impacted. There was no interpretation at the meetings, until the last couple of meetings after people made an uproar.
It’s happening all throughout Ward One — once very diverse neighborhoods are becoming economically and culturally homogenous. This is a vision being driven by the Ward One Councilmember Jim Graham, through promotion of projects such as the proposed Adams Morgan luxury hotel.
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The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the District of Columbia has gone up nearly 50 percent since 2000 while the number of low-income units has nearly halved… see more here.