More about building in the neighborhood. I spoke of the Howard Theater opening last spring to much praise. I wish the city could replicate the success with the Lincoln Theater but alas I think it’s too late to be a theater. DC has offered the Lincoln for a 10 year lease but unless there is major renovation done, it won’t be a viable venue.
But back to the Howard, behind the new theater is the fantastic Wonder Bread factory. It was a big wreak for many year but now it looks as though they have strong plans to develop it as office space assuming the builders can continue to finance the operation.http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2012/11/today-in-pictures-wonder-bread-building.html
Also next to Howard is the new Progression Place. A tribute to the work of Myla Moss and many community activists that have push pulled and begged to keep the project alive. The UNCF office space seems almost done and now the apartments building skin is almost complete. It will be a great addition to the neighborhood. If only the Howard Town Center could be approved to give us a grocery store! http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2011/02/shaw-developers-celebrate-step-forward.html
Just a quick note about the controversy around school closings in the neighborhood. Shaw we knew was slated to close and I hope it sits for a while so that nothing obstructs my view. Garrison is more concerning. Garrison on St Street between 11th and 13th is a prime school facility with a field and everything. It may be a bit dated but I would hate to lose this great centrally located facility.
Additionally I think the parental association at Garrison is really coming together to make this a great school. Similar to the Ross School further west, parents are helping to fix up the grounds, apply for grants including the recent gift of a new library from Target, and push administrators to make it the best school possible. i would hate to see these parents having to ship their kids to other neighborhoods when we have a big piece of land like Garrison to modernize and take advantage of.
For those walking the neighborhood, you have seen the new building at 11th & V going up quickly. It was first proposed 18 months ago but seems to be on its way. The design seems to be shorter than the 7 stories promised in the original proposal but that is a good thing. Article: http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2011/02/new-residences-for-11th-street.html