Fort Gaines Gate Access – The neighborhood gate onto the American University campus is located behind the Katzen Arts Center and Nebraska Hall at the intersection of Sedgwick Street NW and 44th Street NW. Access is by key cards, which are only issued to residents of the Fort Gaines neighborhood (see map in the Members section). To receive a card, you must present a government-issued photo ID with the address showing that you live at an address in the Fort Gaines neighborhood. If you have recently moved to the neighborhood and do not have an updated photo ID, a combination of a government-issued photo ID and a utility bill showing your Fort Gaines address will also be accepted. Issuance of the first gate card is free. If a card is lost/misplaced, there will be a $25 replacement fee. Key cards are issued by the American University Parking Office. Please see their website for their hours of operation.
American University Neighborhood Partnership – This shared forum connects AU and leaders in the surrounding communities. Since its inception in 2018, the Partnership’s mission is to strengthen university and neighborhood relations through facilitated discussions, information sharing, and consensus-based collaboration on issues involving campus planning and university activities affecting adjacent neighborhoods. The AU Neighborhood Partnership welcomes questions, comments, and concerns. Please complete this contact form to let AU know when issues arise that require attention.
Office of Community Relations, American University – Maintaining good relations with its neighbors is a priority for AU and its community relations staff members, who welcome the opportunity to be valuable and valued community partners.
Community Liaison Committee, American University – The American University Community Liaison Committee (CLC) was established to foster positive relations and maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors. As specified in the D.C. Zoning Commission Order for AU’s previous 10-year Campus Plan, the CLC comprises individuals from neighboring community organizations and representatives from the university. The CLC committee meets quarterly and is typically chaired by the AU Vice President of Campus Life or a staff member of a similar position. One of the four meetings is a town hall meeting with the president of the university. All meetings are open to the public.
ANC 3E Web Site – The 1976 Home Rule Charter provides for Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC). Tenleytown/American University/Friendship Heights ANC-3E is one of 37 ANCs in Washington. The ANCs are the body of government with the closest official ties to the people in neighborhood agencies. There are five Single Member Districts (SMD) for the ANC 3E. Each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents and is represented by a Commissioner who is elected for a two-year term. The Fort Gaines neighborhood is part of SMD 06.