Tuesday, August 04, 2009

LeDroit Park School Gets Hammered


In a move envied by adolescents everywhere, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, joined by LeDroit Park community members, will begin knocking down a public elementary school today at 10:45am. The Gage-Eckington School at 2025 3rd St., NW, is being scuttled in favor of a 3-acre park, beginning with today's wrecking ceremony.

Just last month DC’s Office of Property Management (OPM) had maintained their devotion to move city agencies out of leased space and into abandoned public schools. But it seems that a lack of parking and reported $18m in renovation needed to rehab the space, not to mention its architectural heinousness, has led city officials to conclude the city is better off without it.

A new park, designed by Lee and Associates, will include a dog park, a children’s garden, a playground and incorporate the existing community garden at 3rd and V Streets, NW. Construction of the park is slated to begin in October. Gage-Eckington closed its doors in mid 2008, in a move expected to save DC Public Schools some $659,000 in fixed costs per year.


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