Savage raises concerns about GU in run for ANC
Relax, neighbors. Michael R. Savage, a charming resident of O Street in the West Village, is running for Single Member District 2E03, the seat being vacated by Commissioner Bill Skelsey.
Savage is a Senior Vice President at U.S. Trust, a tax lawyer by training, and a keen observer of neighborhood and District affairs. He is particularly concerned about the planned reconstruction of the cobblestone O and P Streets in the West Village -- a huge project slated to start this fall -- and Georgetown University's proposed expansion plan, also the subject of significant community angst.
"I try to spend my time in Georgetown and my money," says Savage, who moved to Georgetown in 2003. "To the extent that the University's plan erodes [the quality of life for residents], it matters. Parking is going to be a lot more of a nightmare," with the addition of over 3,000 graduate students, he said. Savage, while appreciative of the University's contributions, says he plans to be a strong advocate for the neighborhood.
P Street resident Jeff Jones has also turned in petitions to run for the seat, as reported by The Georgetown Dish. The election is November 2.
Savage says the number of properties rented to students on his block of O Street near the Campus has increased -- and with it -- dilapidation, trash and rats. The 32-year-old Colorado native believes the University can do more to manage off-campus housing and behavior.
A fan of Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's efforts to reform D.C. schools, Savage has been a supporter of many community causes, including a fundraiser auction earlier this year for Hyde-Addison Elementary, at which he was the winning bidder on a breakfast with Mayor Adrian Fenty. After contributing $800 to the school for making the winning bid, Savage then tried to schedule the breakfast. The Mayor's office has yet to offer a date.
"I know he's busy," Savage said.