Old and falling down, but still usable. (Jones Lang Lasalle)

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, a Chinese-immersion program hotly sought after by District parents, has set its sights on a drafty old building near Catholic University for a second campus.

The school has been looking around for space since it started outgrowing its building in Brookland—they submitted a bid for the Franklin School downtown—and also landed a spot in the Walter Reed complex in Ward 4. If both deals work out, Yu Ying will join E.L. Haynes in a group of popular public charter schools that have expanded to more than one location.

The new spot, 220 Taylor Street NE, is a former Marist seminary that was used by the Joz-Arz Public Charter School until its charter was revoked several years ago. It’s got four stories and 33,400 square feet, including an auxiliary building, and has been listed for $10.2 million.

Executive director Mary Shaffner said she couldn’t comment on the tentative purchase “until we close.”

Yu Ying’s ambitions also undermine one of the arguments used against the Latin American Youth Center’s plans for the J.F. Cook school—opponents asked why LAYC and partner Youthbuld hadn’t considered 220 Taylor Street. There’s a community meeting on that issue tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Big Bear Cafe, in anticipation of a Council hearing on the disposition J.F. Cook on Friday at 10:00 a.m.

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