The Government of the District of Columbia, through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), issued a RFQ on February 9, 2015 seeking to rehabilitate the historic Franklin School building, which encompasses 51,000 gross square feet (approximately 33,000 to 38,000 usable square feet), located at 925 13th Street, NW, in Ward 2. Named after Benjamin Franklin, the flagship school was part of the first comprehensive system of free universal public education in the District. The site is designated as a National Historic Landmark, a significant designation that ensures the preservation of major architectural features of both the exterior and interior of the building. The redevelopment of the Franklin School presents an extraordinary opportunity for a leading presence in the heart of the District of Columbia.
On August 21, 2015, DMPED announced that five development teams would have the opportunity to compete to redevelop the historic Franklin School through a Request for Proposals (RFP). All five teams previously submitted responses to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) issued on February 9th, 2015. On October 16, 2015, DMPED received RFP responses from four of the five eligible teams:
- Aria Development Group
- Dantes Partners
- Friedman Capital Advisors, LLC
- Thoron Capital, LLC
These four teams are currently in an active solicitation process with DMPED. Best and Final Offers (BAFOs) are due to DMPED on June 24, 2016.