The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is seeking development proposals for four of its properties including the Boys and Girls Club in Columbia Heights (14th St and Clifton St NW). The organization is still deciding whether to lease or sell the properties.
According to the Washington Post, the Columbia Heights branch will still be required to include a Boys and Girls club.
The organization also will seek proposals for properties in Columbia Heights and Congress Heights, although officials said they will require that any project in those locations include Boys and Girls clubs. They declined to include any such guarantee for the Capitol Hill or Georgetown locations
This is not the first time the Boys and Girls Club in Columbia Heights was threatened with redevelopment.
In Columbia Heights, a developer halted a plan three years ago to build condominiums atop the branch at 14th and Clifton streets after neighborhood residents protested. The club had said the development deal was needed to raise money. In each of the past two years, the D.C. Council has granted the branch $500,000.
Because of that funding, council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), whose district includes Columbia Heights, questioned the renewed interest in developing the property. "I'm not excited about this," he said. "I want to know what happened to the half a million dollars and why it isn't enough."
For more on this story, please read:
Eastern Branch of D.C. Boys and Girls Club to Close, Washington Post
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