Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty announced on Thursday that DC Village, a 16-acre Ward 8 homeless shelter shuttered in 2007, has been purchased by WMATA for use as a bus garage. The garage will replace the seldom-missed bus depot near the Nationals' ballpark, sold to Akridge and Monument Realty in 2008 and demolished to make way for a multi-use (but unbuilt) project.
DC Village, an emergency shelter for families plagued by "persistent" problems such as pest infestation, was closed down as one of the Mayor's earliest acts in order to provide for "a better alternative" to homeless families; an accomplishment he had sought since his time on the DC Council.
"The project will not only bring much needed job opportunities East of the river, it will provide significant resources to off set [sic] our current budget gap" said Deputy Mayor Valerie Santos. The Metro authority will pay $6.45 million for the site, on which it plans to build a $90 million facility to house up to 114 buses serving the greater DC area, with the potential to expand service for up to 250 buses. WMATA has been negotiating the purchase since before the shelter's closure. The new garage will replace the bus depot on M Street, near the Nationals' ballpark, which Akridge and Monument Realty fought over in 2007 and 2008 and which ended in a draw, with the two developers splitting the land and razing the bus depot.