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Chuck Brown Park will not have music venue

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - After much wrangling and hang-wringing among city leaders and neighbors, the portion of a Northeast D.C. park named for D.C. music icon Chuck Brown will not have a music venue after all.

Original plans called for a 900-seat amphitheater at Chuck Brown Park.

The Washington City Paper says that despite a much scaled-back plan to build an amphitheater at Chuck Brown Park near Franklin and 20th Streets Northeast, have been scrapped.

"No amphitheatre at this point," says Kenneth Diggs of the Department of General Services. "There possibly will be a statue."

In plans delivered to the city by a contracted architect, the City Paper says that neither concept includes even a small-scale venue for live music - torpedoed, perhaps, by the continuous resistance of neighbors in the nearby Langdon neighborhood.

Initial plans for the venue, which were released this past January, included an intimate 900-seat amphitheater. However, when neighbors cried foul about possible crowd and noise issues, the city revised its plans. Instead, they said they'd build an even smaller 200-seat venue.

"The concern is a music venue just having being a focal point," says Nolan Treadway of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. "There's no real transportation infrastructure to get people there. There's no where to park. There's no public restroom facilities."

"We're going to continue to work with the community to try to make this right," Mayor Vincent Gray said in early April.

Instead, plans now call for a plaza, a commemorative wall and a statue of the Godfather of Go-Go, according to Elevation D.C.

Brown, whose go-go music is revered by swaths of District natives and music fans nationwide, died last May at the age of 75.

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