Bruce Monroe School Developers Conference to Get Picketed
Tomorrow morning, the developers interested in answering the request for proposal out for the Bruce Monroe School site on Georgia Avenue will gather at Howard University's GADGET Center to hear more details about how the process will work. But they won't be convening in peace: Local activist group Empower DC has issued a call for a rally outside the building to protest what the city may allow to happen.
Specifically, they're angry about the requirement that developers propose a commercial-and-residential-only option for the site, in which case funds would be made available for improvements at Park View Elementary, where the Bruce Monroe student body is temporarily housed. From the release:
The inclusion of an option for commercial development, with no school at all, was yet another broken promise for parents, teachers and community members who had repeatedly met with the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development and Ward 1 Councilman Jim Graham to discuss the RFP, during which the option was never mentioned. Parents now see it as yet another set-up, paving the way for the administration to give the site to favored developers for private development.
Empower DC hasn't been active on this issue before, but they've been joined by Teaching for Change, which has worked closely with parents of Bruce Monroe school students. A spokesman from the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development emphasized that community members would be part of the process of choosing a development plan.