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In the end, after all the protesting and petitioning and lobbying of city officials, it appears that the Latin American Youth Center’s proposal to house at-risk young people at the J.F. Cook school in Truxton Circle has finally died. That leaves the other non-profit working on the project, Youthbuild Public Charter School, in a tough spot: Although neighbors didn’t have a problem with their plan for classrooms and offices, LAYC brought most of the cash for renovations, in the form of grants, tax credits, and loans. With LAYC out of the picture, Youthbuild needs someone else willing to walk that long road with them all over again, and has issued a Request for Information on potential new partners.
Meanwhile, what’s going to happen to the LAYC component? They’re working on a deal with another building in the District, but the problem—-besides the lost time and missed opportunity of co-locating with a school like Youthbuild—-is that all of their funding streams might not transfer over to another location, after being granted for a project at the Cook School specifically. If they don’t, barring some last minute change of heart by Council chairman Kwame Brown to help the plan move forward, LAYC could be back to the drawing board again.