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 update--produced in June 2018--lays out ongoing progress on the majority of these action items. 

Latest highlights include:

Transportation

  • Garnered growing support for a Georgetown-Rosslyn Gondola

  • Finished the concept plan for K and Water St. transportation and streetscape improvements, and moved forward with DDOT to implement those improvements.

  • 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

  • The BID co-founded Georgetown Heritage, a 501(c)(3) organization, in 2014 to organize a coalition that includes the National Park Service, DC Government, Georgetown residents and the BID in all the activities needed to plan, restore and revitalize the C&O Canal in Georgetown. Approximately $11 million has been raised for canal improvements since 2015.

  • In 2014, 13 wayfinding signs were installed throughout Georgetown. In 2017 the BID hired Beyer Blinder Belle to create the design plan for the Georgetown Gateways project, which seeks to enhance the major entry points to Georgetown. 

  • 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, and expanded in 2017.

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

  • 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.