Please mark your calendars for an initial community meeting concerning the modernization of Marie Reed Elementary School. The meeting will take place on Thursday, November 13th at 6:00 pm at the school, 2201 18th Street NW.
As you may be aware, in 2013, the District Council budgeted $46 million for the modernization of the school. A significant portion of that money became available on October 1st, and the Department of General Services, together with District of Columbia Public Schools, are now gearing up to determine how to proceed with the modernization.
The agencies previously commissioned an architecture firm to generate several concept possibilities for the school. In two of the concepts, the shell of the existing building would be retained, but with new window openings, and a reconstruction of the interior. In the third concept, the existing building would be taken down, and a new school building would be constructed on the property closer to 18th Street.
Going forward, it is expected that a second architecture firm will be engaged by the agencies to further assess those previous concepts, and to potentially offer additional possibilities. Then sometime next year, a decision will need to be made about whether the modernization should take place within the existing building shell, or whether the modernization should take place within a new building on the property.
An important additional factor in these considerations is that the Marie Reed campus holds not only the elementary school, but also a recreation center with a gymnasium and pool, a health center, and a daycare center. In the two modernization concepts that propose retaining the existing building shell, these facilities would remain in their current locations, possibly with some upgrades. In the third modernization concept that proposes the construction of a new school building, these facilities would be rebuilt in their own new building on the east side of Champlain Street where the health center, day care center, and portions of the elementary school are currently located.
ANC1C will be eager to hear from the community over the months ahead about what shape the community would like to see the Marie Reed modernization take. And ANC1C will be eager to ensure that the community has the opportunity to share its views with the Department of General Services and District of Columbia Public Schools. Please join us for this initial meeting to get introduced to the representatives of the agencies, to hear about the work that the agencies have done to date, and to find out more about how the process is expected to unfold going forward.