Howard University plans to redevelop its 23-acre East Campus. This site is largely undeveloped with forested areas, Special trees, Heritage trees, and three historic structures that will be preserved. The University envisions the creation of a unique living learning community, along with low density housing. In 2016, Urban Land Institute studied the site and recommended preserving many of the mature trees.
In January 2019, this development entered Phase II, which focuses on community engagement. The first charrette was hosted on February 5th. Most recently, the development team and Howard University hosted a second charette on July 15th to receive input on the preferred uses for the site. The master development team, FLGA ZOM, plans to divide the property into areas for mixed-use, single family detached residences, low density townhomes, and academic facilities.
The development team has reassured community residents that all healthy Heritage trees on the property will remain, as legally required by the Tree Canopy Amendment Act of 2016. Depending on the preferred uses of the site, however, the configuration of the new buildings could:
- Fragment the several patches of contiguous tree canopy cover
- Impact Special trees on site
- Exacerbate stormwater runoff
We invite you to join us in submitting comments to the HU East development team (FLGA ZOM). We believe that Howard University and FLGA ZOM can protect the integrity of this site by protecting the extensive forest areas throughout the property. There are several open spaces that are best suited to accommodate development without significant impact to tree canopy. We are asking that the development team protects the patches of contiguous tree canopy on-site and retains as many Special trees as possible
, to ensure that the future buildings will have a lower footprint on the property.
We have also included example comments below with our asks for this project. We encourage you to use this as a template when writing your comments, but please feel free to personalize your comments with any additional concerns and feedback.