GEORGETOWN 2028 15 YEAR ACTION PLAN

Time flies when you're busy placemaking!

Georgetown 2028, a strategic planning approach to build an economically stronger and more sustainable Georgetown commercial district, began in April 2013 by the Georgetown Business Improvement District. The Georgetown 2028 15 Year Action Plan was launched in January 2014, and much progress has been made since then.  

The BID has completed or made substantial progress on 67 of the 76 action items. Our most recent in-depth update--produced in 2016--lays out ongoing progress on the majority of these action items. 

Latest highlights include:

Transportation

  • Completed the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola feasibility study, the outcome of which is a viable transit connection for Georgetown. Read more about the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola project here.

  • Finished the concept plan for K and Water St. transportation and streetscape improvements, and will move forward with DDOT to implement those improvements in 2017. Read about the K/Water Street Corridor Concept Plan here.

  • Improved pedestrian crossings, including a pedestrian-only light cycle at 27th & K Street that saw immediate safety improvements for those crossing as well as more efficient car throughput.

  • Installed six bike corrals off of M Street to accommodate parking for up to 60 more bicycles.

Public Space

  • Created Georgetown Heritage, a new non-profit organization to lead restoration, improvements and activation of the C&O Canal.

  • Launched the C&O Canal Georgetown Comprehensive Master Plan to restore, revitalize, and re-imagine the first mile of the C&O Canal National Historical Park

  • Secured funding for major capital improvement projects in the C&O Canal, as well as the purchase of a new canal boat for interpretation.

  • Formed the Georgetown Gateway Committee, and hired a design firm to enhance the major entry points into Georgetown's commercial district in 2017.

  • Successfully piloted temporary weekend sidewalk widenings on the 3200 block of M Street every weekend between April and October in 2016, paired with free northbound Circulator rides subsidized by the BID. The pilot program created a safer and more comfortable pedestrian experience.

  • Designed and implemented public space projects, including street furniture [150 bistro chairs in parks, plazas and small businesses) and parklets.

  • Installed wayfinding signage throughout the neighborhood.

  • Entered into a partnership with DDOT to more quickly and efficiently maintain public space within the BID’s boundaries, including brick and cobblestone repairs on Georgetown’s sidewalks and alleys.

Economic Development

  • Organized and facilitated the process ending the 27-year old liquor license moratorium in Georgetown, in partnership with the ANC and Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG).

  • Continued to convene property owners on the 1300-1400 blocks of Wisconsin Avenue to collaborate on improving conditions of buildings and attracting tenants.

**Progress or completion of some of the above items occurred after the 2016 Update was produced, are are therefore not reflected in that report.

BACKGROUND

Georgetown 2028 brought together a disparate group of community members to collaborate on the steps that would enhance the Georgetown experience for our visitors, residents, business owners and the people who work here. After more than 100 hours of meetings that engaged more than 200 members of our professional and residential community, a consensus plan was reached which includes 76 recommendations to address pressing transportation issues, enhance public space, reduce office vacancies and attract more unique shops and restaurants.  Read more about Georgetown 2028 in the FAQs here.

APPENDICES

The Transportation Appendix details the 44 transit recommendations. The Public Space Appendix provides details on examples and ideas that were discussed by the Public Space Working Group during development of the plan.