Thursday, October 09, 2008

RFP Issued for Deanwood Rec Center

Hot on the heels of last week’s Strand Theater announcement, Northeast’s Deanwood neighborhood is now in line to receive a new $20 million, 63,000 square foot community center. Banneker Ventures LLC (also the developer behind the Strand revitalization initiative), Reagan Associates LLC, DC Housing Enterprises and the Program Manager of the center’s current incarnation, have jointly issued a request for qualifications to builders that aims to have the new Deanwood Community Center (DCC) open and operational by May 2010. The project is the product of a partnership between the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (OMPED) and the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).

Located at 49th & Meade Streets NE, the new DCC will sport “an in-door leisure swimming pool," gymnasium, game rooms, full library, a child care center, and dedicated senior space, as well as swanky designs by Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects (EEK) and a projected LEED silver certification. Everything currently on the site – including the swimming pool, tennis courts and the existing building – will face demolition in the coming weeks.

Proposals are due to Banneker by 12 PM on Monday, October 20th.


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