Photos – Mayor’s Hill East Walkabout/Support for Community Agreement on CAG and Adromeda
by Larry Janezich
After touring Hill East on foot yesterday, Mayor Bowser said she will ask the Department of Behavioral Health to work with the community to achieve a written community agreement with two Hill East substance abuse treatment facilities – CAG and Andromeda – regarding community concerns.
ANC Commissioner Jayaraman, who has taken the lead on trying to mitigate the impact of the facilities on the community told CHC, “I appreciate the Mayor facilitating negotiations between the community and Andromeda. The battle was never about Andromeda, but concentration of recovery facilities in the neighborhood. The Mayor says it is not within the city’s capacity to approve or deny any provider that meets Department of Behavioral Health internal requirements. But the community is worried about their external impact. To the extent that we have her support it goes a long way toward satisfying community concerns – especially loitering and littering.” As one example, he pointed to the No Smoking within 25 feet of the facility signs outside Andromeda, which, he says, pushes smokers and the consequent littering into the nearby residential areas. Jayaraman said it would be better for Andromeda to have a confined smoking area that can be maintained.
Asked for comment on the Mayor’s walk, ANC Commissioner Denise Krepp said: “The Mayor’s community walk-about in Hilleast this afternoon was an impressive examination of community problems ranging from broken sidewalks, traffic, vacant buildings, trash, and crime.”
“Mayor Bowser ended the walk-about with a thorough summary of get-backs and I’m confident that the mayor’s folks will complete the assigned tasks in a timely manner to the community’s satisfaction. These assigned tasks include adding trash cans and traffic calming measures; increased assistance from DCRA; new community agreement with Andromeda; and examination of next steps regarding the Boys and Girls Club property.” Supports Community Agreement on CAG and Andromeda
One response to “Photos – Mayor’s Hill East Walkabout/Support for Community Agreement on CAG and Adromeda”
The article states that the issue that was brought up was that the battle was never about Andromeda, but the concentration of recovery facilities in the neighborhood. Yes and No. The first issues is that this is a very residential neighborhood with dozens of children attending local schools like Payne, playing outside, walking the dogs, and now they wany a second drug facility just over the required sq ft category from a school. Secondly, ys the number of facilities. Now we will deal with 2 recovery facilities within not 2 blocks of each other and in total a half a dozen drug recovery facilities within less than a 2-mile radius. This article does nothing to state why this concentration of drug recovery is needed in a neighborhood that has moved to become very residential. I’d like to see this happening in areas of NW that are residential.
The Mayor says it is not within the city’s capacity to approve or deny any provider that meets Department of Behavioral Health internal requirements. Issues have been brought up. But what about the issues that have been brought up that are either ignored, dismissed or swept under the rug, including missing information on the applications, issues with the falsifying of the use of the property, and parking issues that have not been resolved.
And while we are glad the Mayor and her team joined, the last minute invitation, compared to the previous invitation over the summer that was canceled, demonstrates to those of us in the neighborhood that only those that are willing to support whatever is thrown into our neighborhoods will be invited.