Gray, in comments at a news conference Wednesday, showed no indication he would back off the bus plans, characterizing the judge’s objections as dealing with “procedural issues” that could be cleared up.
McDuffie said he expects neighborhood residents to offer an alternative proposal for Crummell, “a proposal that invests in the wellbeing of Ivy City residents and requires a different location for the bus lot.”
“It is my expectation that the city will consider this plan and afford it the great weight it deserves,” he said. “Ivy City deserves a thoughtful plan and positive investment from the city.”
Last year, the Ivy City residents saw a presentation featuring a “reimagined” Crummell from the District’s Department of Housing and Community Development. But Gray distanced himself from any concrete plans Wednesday: “I didn’t talk to anybody about preserving Crummell,” he said.
Jose Sousa, spokesman for Gray’s economic development office, had no comment on the letter Thursday. The lot’s renovation, which cost about $1.5 million in paving, fencing and landscaping, is almost complete.