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MetroWeekly has the scoop:
After months of operating The Center, the local LGBT community center, out of 1810 14th St. NW, David Mariner, executive director of the organization, announced today that he’s been given a June 18 deadline to vacate.
”We knew when we came here that there was a possibility that we would have to leave this early,” Mariner says. ”I was hoping we would have a chance to stay here much longer.”
JBG Properties, which purchased the property from Whitman-Walker Clinic in 2008, initially offered the space to The Center at below-market rent. The arrangement, offered with a minimum occupancy of six months, was to last until JBG could find funding to demolish the building in order to build condominiums.
In a May 4 e-mail message to Mariner, JBG’s James T. Nozar wrote the company is planning to begin demolition of the building in September.
”I know you’ve made the buildings a comfortable home over the past five months and regret having to force you to leave so soon,” he wrote. ”Please let us know if we can be of any assistance in searching for a new space or in moving out.”