ANC1C has been notified by the Department of General Services that they are planning to hold a community meeting concerning the Marie Reed modernization later this month. The meeting is expected to take place on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:00 pm at Marie Reed Elementary School, 2201 18th Street NW. At the meeting, the architects for the project will provide an update on the plans, and take questions and comments from the community.
As noted in previous postings, the Marie Reed Community Learning Center was built in 1977 as a combined elementary school, community center (with a swimming pool, recreational facilities, and an adult learning center), and public health clinic. These spaces are managed jointly by DC's Department of General Services (DGS), DC Public Schools (DCPS), the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and the Department of Health (DOH). The modernization will involve each of these components of Marie Reed.
For those who have been following this project, one of the biggest challenges has been the unreliability of construction cost data. Initial, concept-level estimates of construction costs suggested that there would be a broad suite of options for the community to consider in connection with the modernization. But subsequent estimates of construction costs came in much higher, causing options to be taken off the table before the community had an opportunity to fully express preferences.
So it has definitely been a frustrating process. But even so, current indications appear to be that the modernization will entail a beautifully reconstructed elementary school, well updated recreational spaces (indoor and out), and significantly improved health and social service facilities. Please attend on October 22nd to make your own assessments, and to provide your comments and feedback to the design team.
Updated schematic design for Marie Reed modernization
Envision Adams Morgan came about in the spring of 2012 in response to the rapid changes in development in the Adams Morgan. A committed group began meeting regularly with the Public Services and Environment Committee of the ANC1C to develop an overall vision of Adams Morgan that would serve as a both a reference and a guide for understanding Adams Morgan’s present and its future. A baseline report was created by volunteer residents in 2013 with the support of an urban planning team from Catholic University.