Housing Complex

Charter School Could Move to Old Soldiers’ Home

The Sherman Building could soon be home to a charter school.

The Sherman Building could soon be home to a charter school.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home could soon see a substantial drop in the average age of its denizens, as Creative Minds International Public Charter School explores a move to the sprawling campus.

Creative Minds’ monthly newsletter for March says the school is working on leasing the Sherman Building, located on the campus, “for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond.” The 272-acre campus sits between Petworth and Brookland, along North Capitol Street. The campus is home to housing, banks, chapels, and a nine-hole golf course, among other features, for military retirees.

“The [Sherman] building offers an optimal learning environment for the implementation of CMI’s program,” the newsletter says. Creative Minds now resides at 3224 16th St. NW.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home, also known as the Old Soldiers' Home, used owned by the federal government to house military veterans. Although AFRH officials declined to comment on the potential move, the government posted a notice advertising the lease to FedBizOpps.gov on Dec. 10. The post says the Sherman Building is 58,176 square feet and was originally built in 1889 as a dining hall and dormitory.

This isn’t the only way in which the traditionally fenced-off complex, known as the Old Soldiers' Home, could soon be opened to outsiders. After the decommissioning of a 33,372-square-feet brick steam plant on the campus in October, the home began seeking companies to lease it in December, according to the Washington Post. And the home has planned to develop a portion of the campus into a four-million-square-foot mixed-use neighborhood, the Post says.

The newsletter says the school will hold an open house in the coming months and share more information. It also says that according to “Intent to Return” forms administered by the school, about 98 percent of Creative Minds’ students would return next year in spite of a move to the Sherman Building.

School officials did not return a request for comment.

Photo from afrh.gov

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