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Only One Bid for Bruce Monroe School!

Well, I didn't see this coming. After everyone and their mother attended the pre-bid conference for redeveloping the Bruce Monroe School site on Georgia Avenue–now happily occupied by a large, if bland, park–only one partnership actually got together a bid for the site, Michael Neibauer reports. The proposal, from townhouse specialist EYA and Georgia Avenue specialist Neighborhood Development Company, features townhouses, multi-family residential capacity, ground-floor retail, and, of course, the school.

The low bid number makes sense, though, when you consider the voluminous request for proposal, which required not one but two plans for the site (one being a scenario where the school was relocated offsite, which sent Bruce Monroe parents and advocates into a tizzy), as well as a substantial down payment. Unless the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development decides there's something dramatically wrong with EYA-NDC's bid, Bruce Monroe may have its developer.

  • http://newcolumbiaheights.blogspot.com Andrew

    One thing I just learned about was the importance of a school in a neighborhood. I'm usually of the opinion that if a school doesn't have enough kids, close it and consolidate it, which saves money and such. A school is just a building, right? But recently my buddy, who is a teacher in Oakland, told me about how that's a terrible idea -- a lot of times the school is one of the few solid community resources in a neighborhood. Parents and guardians know where their kids are, can visit it easily, get to know the teachers and administrators, and so on. Plus people are proud of their local school. When the school moves, a lot of that is much tougher. It was an interesting viewpoint on the issue.

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