District Cancel’s ICE-DC’s Museum Bid for Historic Franklin School

From today’s Washington Business Journal:

The District has ended a nonprofit’s ambitious bid to transform the Franklin School into a center of the arts, issuing a new solicitation for a partner to rehabilitate the facility at 925 13th St. NW “for a suitable use that is compatible with the building’s historic character.”

Mayor Muriel Bowser’s economic development team… formally canceled the city’s arrangement with the Institute of Contemporary Expression-DC. The award was vacated Monday morning, and by the late afternoon, a new request for qualifications appeared on the website of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.”

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Historic Franklin School Redevelopment Presentations


In July of this year, the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) selected four teams to develop proposals for the redevelopment of the historic Franklin School (facing the east side of Franklin Square). On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at Thomson Elementary School Auditorium (1200 L Street, NW), the four teams (Abdo Development, Douglas Development, ICE-DC, and Lowe Enterprises) will present their development visions of the site to the community.

This is a public meeting. All interested community members are invited to attend. For more information, visit DMPED’s web site.

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