GEORGETOWN 2028 15 YEAR ACTION PLAN

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.  

Read the 2016 Update Report here, which lays out ongoing progress on at least 57 of the 75 Action Items.  Highlights include:

Transportation

  • Organized $205,000 in funding for the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola feasibility study, with public and private sector partners from D.C. and Arlington County; the study will be completed by the end of 2016.  Read more about the Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola project here.

  • Won a $60,000 MWCOG grant to study roadway issues on K and Water Streets, to be completed by the end of 2016.  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 new non-profit organization to lead restoration, improvements and activation of the C&O Canal.

  • Entered into partnership with the National Park Service to create a master plan for the C&O Canal in Georgetown.

  • Won approval for a new canoe and kayak dock in the canal near the 34th Street bridge

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

  • Successfully piloted six temporary weekend sidewalk widenings on various blocks of M Street over 2014-15, to study improving the pedestrian experience and its associated impacts.  As a result, the BID will implement 30 weekend sidewalk widenings this year beginning April 2 through November, on the 3200 block of M Street.

  • Designed and implemented public space projects, including street furniture [150 bistro chairs in parks, plazas and small businesses), parklets, and a dock for kayaks and canoes along the C&O Canal to be built this year.

  • 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 26-year old liquor license moratorium in Georgetown, in partnership with the ANC and Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG).

  • Created a forum for property owners on the 1300-1400 blocks of Wisconsin Avenue to collaborate on improving conditions of buildings and attracting tenants.

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 75 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.