(Washington, DC) – Mayor Adrian M. Fenty today began the demolition of the former Bruce Monroe Elementary School in the Pleasant Plains and Park View neighborhoods in Ward 1. Within the next several weeks, the District will issue a solicitation for a development partner to transform the 119,000 square-foot site into a mixed-use project.
“We are committed to bringing a new sense of vitality to Georgia Avenue, “ said Mayor Fenty. “And this project is critical for doing just that.”
Located along Georgia Avenue between Irving Street and Columbia Road, N.W., the Bruce Monroe School was closed in June 2008. The District is preparing a solicitation that will seek proposals from developers for a mixed-use development. The solicitation will be issued within the next several weeks and bids will be due this fall.
The District is moving forward with a number of other school-anchored redevelopment projects as well as incorporating school and community facilities into new neighborhood revitalization projects. The District is expected next month to select a development partner to redevelop the nearby Park Morton housing complex into a healthier, safer mixed-income neighborhood.
Last week, the District began demolition work on the former Gage-Eckington school to make way for a new 3-acre public park and community garden. Later this week, the District will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Walker Jones Education Campus, which will include a new school, recreation center, library and athletic fields, and anchor the 1,600-unit Northwest One New Community that is being rebuilt between North Capital Street and New Jersey Avenue, NW.
Sean Madigan, (202) 615-2029
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