$100M for D.C. – Unprecedented gift

The first official mansion for the mayor of the District of Columbia, along with maintenance or replacement for the capital’s disease-ravaged trees, are part of an unprecedented $100 million offer by philanthropist Betty Brown Casey, the Washington Post reported Feb. 27.

In January, the Casey Mansion Foundation paid nearly $16.5 million in for 17 acres in an exclusive Northwest neighborhood, plus a deteriorating 1930s mansion, the Post said.

If the city accepts the offer, construction could begin this year and be completed in fall 2002.

The offer to D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams has sparked fears that the toney neighborhood and huge cost send the wrong signal in a city troubled by issues involving race and class that are only deepened by rising housing prices, the Post said.

Casey, who lives in Potomac, declined to comment through a spokesman at the Gaithersburg-based Eugene B. Casey Foundation.

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