City Desk

The Peoples Involvement Corp. (PIC), a nonprofit community agency, has been working, with mixed results, to revitalize Georgia Avenue NW since riots scarred its business corridor more than 30 years ago. Next door to PIC’s new three-story Peoples Health Care Center at 7th and T Streets NW, two signs announce the group’s next addition to the neighborhood: “Coming Soon!!! A State-of-the-Art 23 Hour Daycare Facility.” According to its grant proposal to the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, the facility will include day care, a youth and community center, and a boarding school for approximately 20 students. So will students and staff have a mandatory hour to leave each day? “According to law, the facility must close for one hour a day,” explains Daryl Smith of PIC, even though he says he’s unsure exactly whether the law is local or federal. So which hour will PIC choose to close the facility? 4 a.m.? 4 p.m.? Noon? “I don’t know which one exactly yet,” Smith says.

—Elissa Silverman