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Kinsella said the move was not directed at students specifically. Our actions are more pointed at real estate speculation, not necessarily at students. He said that because of dramatic rises in real estate value in the Georgetown area and the limited spaces, speculation in the area, including the Cloisters development, has grown considerably.
Residents of the Cloisters, according to Kinsella, were concerned mostly with maintaining the nature of the Cloisters as a community of homeowner residents. Georgetown students have regularly been among the residents of the Cloisters.
One student Cloisters resident and homeowner, who wished to remain anonymous, said she believed that the move was specifically aimed at students, and that she believed the amendment would pass. She said she and her roommates had hired a lawyer to investigate the legality of the proposal. There are quiet hours after 10 p.
While complaints against students living off campus have historically been a cause of conflict between the university and neighborhood residents, Wagner said there have been minimal complaints against students in the Cloisters. The student resident, who owns her property, said she does not plan to leave if the amendment is passed. Kinsella said the move was not unprecedented.
He said there has not been extensive discussion of the matter among residents of the Cloisters. My big concern is the motivation: why does the association feel the need to make this move, and why now?
Wagner said he hopes this does not set a The cloisters georgetown for attitudes toward student residents in the area in the future. According to Wagner, questions have also been raised about the ability of non-traditional families to live in the development under the restrictions of the bylaw amendment.
Kinsella said this would not be a problem. We have a fairly diverse group of people in the Cloisters as it stands, so this is not a concern.
Kinsella said that under the proposed change, the goal would be to keep the of lease properties in the Cloisters under 25 percent. He said that as of now, the of properties not occupied by the homeowner is around 20 percent. The cloisters georgetown said that since many professional residents are present or away for extended periods of time as their businesses demand, the change would not prevent them from leasing out their properties while they are away.
According to Kinsella, the proposal needs a 50 percent vote from the quorum in order for the change to be enacted. Though Wagner expressed concern about the legality of the proposal and its effect on future residents, he said he did not believe the ANC would take any action on the issue. Inlocal zoning authorities attempted to enact similar rules for all housing in the Georgetown area, a move that was met with ificant student opposition. The plan was ultimately dropped following concerns that it was discriminatory against students and in violation of the The cloisters georgetown.
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