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 To Become Art Museum

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Yesterday, the Mayor’s office issued a news release announcing the selection of the partnership between EastBanc Inc. and ICE-DC for the redevelopment of the historic Franklin School. The space will be converted into a contemporary arts, performance, and educational destination. The site will also include a new café and arts bookstore. The proposal beat out three others, including a boutique hotel  and a work space for tech entrepreneurs.

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What do you want to see at the Franklin School?


At its December meeting on Wednesday, December 4, the Commission will consider the four proposed projects for the Historic Franklin School, and advise the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development on which project is in the best interests of our community.  The four proposals are:

  • CoStar Group & Abdo Development—Office space to be used as a CoStar technology hub and learning center
  • Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group & Bundy Development Corporation—Office space for the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs, including work space and affordable housing for technology entrepreneurs
  • Douglas Development—A boutique hotel and restaurants
  • Institute for Contemporary Expression & EastBanc—An art gallery, restaurant by ThinkFoodGroup, bookstore, and café.

The four developers presented their projects at a community forum on October 30, 2013, and responded to questions from the public.  The presentations are located on the Deputy Mayor’s website, as well as a summary of the community’s questions and developers’ responses.

ANC 2F invites your feedback on these proposals.  Please send comments to your local ANC commissioner (see list below), and we hope you can join us at our monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Plaza Hotel.


SMD Name Phone Email
2F01      Peter Lallas            (202) 821-3160         peterlallas@gmail.com
2F02 Walt Cain (601) 941-9869  waltcain@gmail.com
2F03 Chris Linn (202) 669-6771  chris@chrislinn.org
2F04 John Fanning (202) 510-1983  johnjfanning2@yahoo.com
2F05 Jim Lamare (202) 292-1974  jwlamare@gmail.com
2F06 Greg Melcher (202) 713-0457  melcherg@aol.com
2F07 Matt Raymond (202) 744-1921  matt@mattraymond.com
2F08 Matt Connolly       (202) 347-3590     connolly.matthew@gmail.com

Find your Commissioner here.

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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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