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News keeps trickling out about the school buildings that D.C. wants to get rid of. We heard about J.F. Cook and Langston in the Truxton Circle area, Stevens in Foggy Bottom, the Franklin School downtown, and Webb Elementary in Trinidad.
Now comes Young Elementary on 26th Street NE off Benning Road—-a gigantic property, with a 70,400-square foot building sitting on 26.83 acres, according to the Department of General Services. Then there’s the Rudolph Elementary at 2nd and Hamilton Street NW in Petworth, an 84,400-square-foot building on 5.29 acres. Finally, the District is getting rid of the Old Miner School, a vacant building next to the newer Miner Elementary at 15th and F Street NE.
Both Young and Rudolph have been offered to charter schools already, which means they’re eligible for other uses. And the Young School property, in particular, is a crapload of land—-more than half the size of what the District has planned to develop at the Hill East site just a little bit south. It also has nice views over the river, and will eventually sit at the end of a streetcar line to Union Station and beyond.
Photo by Lydia DePillis