Three months after the city issued a solicitation for developers to bid on a valuable pair of properties on the U Street NW corridor, Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Jeff Miller announced today that three development teams have submitted proposals for the site.
In June, the city put out a call for developers to rebuild the historic 1887 Grimke School, located at the corner of Vermont Avenue and U Street NW and whose former gymnasium now hosts the African American Civil War Museum, and an adjacent parcel at 912 U St. NW that’s currently a surface parking lot. Three development teams responded by Aug. 28:
- Community Three Development, LLC
- Grimke Redevelopment Partners, a joint venture between MCN Build, Morningstar Community Development, and Four Points, LLC
- Roadside Development, LLC and Sorg Architects
Roadside has extensive development experience in nearby Shaw, where it built the CityMarket at O project and recently won a bid for parcel across the street. Four Points has also worked in Shaw, developing the mixed-use Progression Place above the Shaw Metro, but has done more development in the Anacostia area. Community Three is a smaller firm based on H Street NE; its website currently appears to be down.
The Grimke property, at 1923 Vermont, consists of the 52,000-square-foot school and the 14,850-square-foot gymnasium/museum space and parking lot. The U Street property is 5,900 square feet. The city hasn’t specified what type of development it wants at the site.
Design concept drawing by Howard+Revis, from the city’s request for proposals