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Yet Another School Up For Grabs! And It’s Huge!

Former public schools, you can have 'em. Along with the Stevens, Franklin, Langston, and J.F. Cook Schools, the city is trying to get rid of Webb Elementary, a squat 1960s school sandwiched between Gallaudet University and the Arboretum on Mt. Olivet Road NE that was closed in 2008. This one is big: a 104,000-square-foot building on fully 3.32 acres. According to the Department of General Services, it was also already offered to charter schools in 2009, garnering no responses—which means the District can now choose from any number of different proposals. And since it's not historically protected, potential bidders can knock down the building and start anew.

A hearing on the decision to surplus the building will take place at Trinidad Recreation Center on January 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

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  1. #1

    Hey Lydia I think you may be mixing up your schools. I'm pretty sure that 1401 Brentwood Pkwy is the Hamilton Center and that Charles Young ES is at 820 26th St. NE (right behind Spingarn).

    It would make sense that they might want to get rid of Young - I think it is currently empty - but the Hamilton Center currently houses C.H.O.I.C.E Academy.

  2. #2

    Well, everything is right about the story, she's describing a couple mile distance between Gallaudet (between 6th St. NE and WV Ave.) and the Nat. Arboretum (east of Bladensburg) and placing Webb School within that context.

    As far as the property goes, it's too bad it goes on the market now. In a few years, as the H Street streetcar "reproduces" real estate in lower Trinidad, upper Trinidad will improve and that site would be ripe for an EYA type rowhouse development.

  3. #3

    Young yupsters move into DC and read City Paper, which rails against the selling of DC school buildings. Yet these hipsters are partly responsible for the loss of students that would have attended DC schools as working class families are priced out of DC. Yes some new residents may have kids in DC, and stay in DC, and some may even send them for awhile to select public schools. But not that many, nowhere near enough to warrant hanging on to underused and often dilapidated buildings in a city where the DC-school age population has dropped a lot in 20 years. So DC schools coalesce, residents get less options to attend a neighborhood school, and the education and racial segregation continues. A tale of two cities.

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