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Friday, September 18, 2015

Meeting Tomorrow About the Redevelopment of the Crummell School

Crummell School in Ivy City. Image from Friends of Crummell School website
Photo from Friends of Crummell School website

The next meeting about the future of Ivy City's Crummell School is tomorrow.

When: Saturday 12:30-2pm
Where: Trinity Baptist Church (1814 Central Place)

Please join the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) for an exciting opportunity to share your ideas on the future development of the Crummell School site.
On July 29, 2015, DMPED held a Public Workshop with over 130 attendees at which Mayor Bowser, DMPED and the Office of Planning staff presented information regarding this new initiative and provided a thorough analysis of the Crummell School site, neighborhood and market context. DMPED also actively solicited feedback on how to shape the future development of this site from residents and community members in the form of a facilitated break-out group session.
On September 19th, the Bowser Administration will host a follow-up meeting at Trinity Baptist Church, located at 1814 Central Pl NE, Washington, DC 20002 from 12:30pm – 2:00pm in order to reconnect with the community on the feedback received through the Workshop and Online Engagement Forum, further refine major community preferences, and explain how community input will be incorporated in the RFP.
For more information contact Dion Townley at dion.townley@dc.gov or 202-531-2272.
Planning to attend? Learn more about the project and register in advance at: dmped.dc.gov/OURRFP_CrummellSchool.
We look forward to seeing you there!

I also wanted to share this email that I received this morning:

I am writing to ask for your help with a time-sensitive, urgent matter. I am hoping that you get a sense of the gravity of this situation because I am not in the habit of reaching out to you and asking for anything but I need your support now, more than ever!
I am the Chairperson of The Friends of Crummell School, a designated historic site in Ivy City, which is in the North East quadrant of Washington, DC. My organization is fighting to get the Mayor of the District of Columbia to renovate the abandoned school and the entire 2.5 acre site for community uses. More specifically we are advocating for an intergenerational community center to address workforce development, community meeting space and recreational space for youth and seniors. More importantly we are asking for the grounds to remain green space for the community. #ivycityneedsgreenspace
This is an underserved area that has long been neglected by the District. In the past year it has become the new “hip and happening” place for businesses with distilleries, breweries, condos, lofts, coffee shops, organic markets, fancy sit-down restaurants open or about to open. We welcome all development and hope they will partner with us to tell the Mayor that Ivy City needs green space.
I live in Ivy City and I am asking you to stand with me, even if you don’t live here or in the District of Columbia, to let the Mayor of D.C. know that you support Ivy City’s desire for green space and the renovation of the Crummell School for 100% community use.
Please check out our website for more info. – crummellschool.org.
I am counting on your support.
Thank you.
Belinda A. Taylor, Esq.
Chair, Friends of Crummell School
Ivy City, NE, Washington, D.C.
There's a place on the website where you can send a letter (pre-drafted, or your own) to Mayor Bowser about the redevelopment of the Crummell School

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