Maret School | ECC Sports Field

The Episcopal Center for Children (ECC) and Maret have entered into a long-term lease that will allow Maret to use the grounds behind the ECC’s buildings, as well as the smallest of its four buildings, to create a multi-sport field and baseball diamond with an adjacent parking lot and fieldhouse facilities.

November 16, 2021 Open Community Meeting Hosted by Maret

Maret has announced that it will hold a Zoom meeting on November 16, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to inform local residents about the proposed creation of a sports field on the property of the Episcopal Center for Children (ECC). Here is the link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMod-6rqTwuEtX3R2GoDrG77A0cocFjrpc. Maret noted that the Zoom link includes a registration form so the school can learn who is attending.

Additional General Information

More information is available at Maret’s project webpage, https://www.maret.org/athletics/proposed-new-fields-at-ecc

FAQs can be found here.

Responses to all questions submitted to Maret thus far can be found here and will be updated on a weekly basis.

Maret suggests that residents check back with this site often and use its community input form (https://www.maret.org/athletics/proposed-new-fields-at-ecc/community-input-form) to ask questions.

Past Meetings with Surrounding Neighbors

November 1, 2021: Meeting with Nebraska Avenue Neighbors (see ANC 3/4G-03 Chair Randy Speck’s notes)

November 2, 2021: Meeting with Utah Avenue Neighbors (see ANC 3/4G-03 Chair Randy Speck’s notes)

November 3, 2021: Meeting with Rittenhouse Street Neighbors

November 4, 2021: Meeting with 28th Street Neighbors

September 27, 2021 ANC 3/4G Public Meeting

The ANC held a preliminary public meeting with Maret and ECC on September 27, 2021, and the video of that meeting is available on the ANC’s website here, beginning at 00:45:10 and ending at 02:46:20. You can find Maret’s presentation at the meeting here and the Q&A/chat from the meeting can be found here.

Maret’s Application to the Board of Zoning

Maret submitted its application to the Board of Zoning on November 1st and refiled a corrected version of its application (found here) a day later. BZA’s hearing is scheduled for March 9, 2022.

Between Now and March 2022

Nothing will begin at the site without BZA approval after the hearing. Between now and the hearing, the ANC expects to have many meetings with Maret and residents with the hope of reaching an agreement about all aspects of the proposed project that residents raise — e.g., traffic, parking, noise, stormwater runoff, and days and hours of use.

As we move forward in reviewing the BZA application and discussions with Maret, the Commission will hold additional public meetings, either at our regularly scheduled times or as special single-topic meetings.

In early 2022, after we have heard from residents and negotiated with Maret, the Commission will consider a resolution on the BZA application, including any conditions we might recommend to the BZA.  We look forward to hearing from ANC 3/4G residents as we work through this process over the next several months.