Since 2016, a community of citizens organized as Adams Morgan for Reasonable Development (AM4RD, http://www.admoplaza.com), has been working together to stop Truist Bank (formerly SunTrust) which owns the property at the southwest corner of 18th St & Columbia Rd NW, 1800 Columbia Rd NW, from destroying and redeveloping the 4000 square foot public plaza there into a luxury condo building. Though the bank filed for demolition permits in 2017, we have succeeded in preventing the razing of the site to date through both litigation and advocacy, hosted dozens of events at the Plaza, and come together to support the unhoused who have found refuge there during Covid. We are presently seeking the settlement of the present litigation, the recording of a public use easement on the deed of 1800 Columbia Rd NW, and the city to purchase the site to save and renew the Plaza and for a library and community center.
Vikram Surya Chiruvolu, co-facilitator (202)250-1230, firstname.lastname@example.org
Media & Press Coverage to Date:
1 hour Audio: Parisa Nourouzi, WAMU FM
Sept 20, 2021. Marissa Lang, Washington Post, As eviction looms, unhoused people in Adams Morgan plaza say they’re being used by both sides in political tug of war
1 min evening news video Feb 13 2021: ABC7
Paul Schwartzman, WaPo
Oct 11, 2021. Eleanor Goldfield, MintPressNews.
Martin Austermuhle, WAMU FM, Nov 21, 2016 https://wamu.org/story/16/11/21/to_stop_adams_morgan_development_residents_test_new_approach_squatter_s_rights/
Robin Eberhardt, Washington DC CityPaper, August 11, 2016
Archive of Press Releases
2021 Sep 22: Adams Morgan Rally to Support Unhoused, Protect Public Space
2021 Feb 13: Ward One Community Rallies with Heart, Seeking a Full & Fair Trial About the Adams Morgan Plaza
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