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Recommendations were made by an Urban Land Institute (ULI) advisory services panel following a recent visit to the Gallaudet campus and the surrounding area to gather information on how the University can fully realize its goal of serving as a catalyst for multi-use development, determine the appropriate use for land development opportunities that could result from current long-term revitalization efforts, and how Gallaudet can best position itself with developers and stakeholders.
Here is a video announcement regarding the ULI visit and recommendations. Below is the campus-wide memo issued by President Hurwitz on September 27, 2011.
Memo to the campus from President Hurwitz
To: Campus CommunityFrom: T. Alan Hurwitz, PresidentDate: September 27, 2011Subject: Urban Land Institute Activity Regarding GU's 2012-2022 Campus Plan
Let me tell you about conversations we had at Gallaudet recently.
As many of you know, the university is working on a 10-year campus master plan that is required by the District of Columbia, and that will be submitted for approval to the D.C. government in 2012. The process of developing the campus plan involves multiple phases, including information gathering, visioning workshops, space planning, and so forth.
As part of the phase in which we envision the future, the university sponsored an advisory services panel composed of eight volunteers with a variety of skills from around the country organized by the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The panel was tasked with providing advice on how to create a campus vision that integrates us with the community while facilitating o- and off-campus development and renewal.
The group spent the week of September 12th on campus, interviewing 64 people representing students, faculty, alumni, and staff of the university; local area merchants and individuals from neighborhood associations; officials from the D.C. government, including the Mayor's Office, Parks and Recreation, D.C. Public Schools, and city planners; local Advisory Neighborhood Commission members; local and citywide Chambers of Commerce members; representatives from other area universities and the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area; and other stakeholders.
These panels are a common practice for ULI, which since 1947 has conducted over 600 such panels for universities, towns and cities, developers, military bases, historic areas, sustainable development zones, and others. Panel members consist of urban planners and designers, architects, real estate developers and investment managers, among others.
The visit ended with a presentation by the panel and a written report. While the recommendations are informative and valuable to us for planning purposes, no final decisions regarding action on any or all of these recommendations have been made.
The panel's recommendations fall into five broad categories; each is listed below, with partial details of suggestions they made in each category.
(NOTE: As with all of these ideas, there is considerable discussion needed before we move to initiate these changes. For example, there are mandates in the Education of the Deaf Act that control MSSD, and the program operates under the constant oversight of the U.S. Department of Education. We would, of course, not take any action without involving all needed parties-including our campus communities-regarding each recommendation.)
The ULI panel's suggestions included many other recommendations, such as: narrowing traffic on Florida Avenue and on 6th Street, redesigning Olmsted Green by removing the parking lot west of College Hall and creating a park area in its place, beginning a study of creating an innovation laboratory, and developing a landscape plan for the entire university. Multiple ideas were presented for dorms and dining halls which were described as out-of-date; generally the panel discussed ensuring students are pulled closer to the heart of the university as described earlier.
We intentionally began this phase of our campus planning process with the ULI panel because it allows us to inspire new thinking about broad possibilities. Now we will continue dialogue with key stakeholders on and off campus to test the viability of the planning ideas. At the same time, we are going through an inclusive on-campus process to quantify university and Clerc Center facility needs for all aspects of the campus. Early next year we will be looking at a more developed campus plan that will be a synthesis of the recommendations.
I encourage you all to watch for notices of opportunities to communicate your thoughts about the future of Gallaudet. We need the best of your thinking and the best of your suggestions as we complete this critical planning activity.
T. Alan HurwitzPresident
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