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If anyone attends the press conference fill us in on the details.  I just received this in an email:  “At 2pm today in the 3500 block of Georgia Ave., Councilmember Graham
will be holding a press conference to announce that Central Union
Mission IS NOT coming to Georgia Avenue. They are staying downtown. I
do not know the details but this is good news!”

UPDATED: Email from Council member Jim Graham: 

“Good news!!!  Central Union Mission is not moving to Georgia Avenue in Ward One.  It is moving downtown. 

We have re-defined the project to include real progress for lower Georgia Avenue.  Instead of a 170-bed men’s shelter on the 3500 block of Georgia Avenue, there will now be mixed-income housing.

This is a solid victory for grassroots activism.  I worked with the neighborhood, who came together to send a very effective message that a homeless shelter was not the kind of improvement we wanted.

I joined Mayor Fenty this afternoon for a press conference to announce that the Mission had signed an agreement to move to 65 Mass. Ave.

Congratulations to everyone involved, especially the Georgia Avenue residents, local ANC, Georgia Avenue Redevelopment Defense Squad and the Pleasant Plains Civic Association!  And a special thanks to Mayor Fenty and his fine team.”


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