1923-1925 Vermont – Grimke School Plan Chosen

1925 Vermont Avenue NW DC 20001

1923 Vermont Avenue NW DC 20001

920 U Street NW DC 20001

Roadside Development and Sorg Architects have been chosen to redevelop the Grinke School site. Their plan includes townhomes and condominiums.

Grimke School Redevelopment History

The Grimke School Redevelopment project at 1923-1925 Vermont Avenue NW and adjacent parking lot at 920 U Street NW is one of eleven shuttered schools in the District in various stages of redevelopment through the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development(ODMPED). Grimke is located in the Shaw-Cardozo/U Street neighborhood of Washington D.C.

Plans should: (1) rehabilitate and reuse the approximately 52,000 gross square foot historic Grimke School building located at 1923 Vermont Avenue, NW, (2) build out approximately 10,000 square feet of space inside the Grimke School building for use by the African American Civil War Museum (“AACWM”), (3) redevelop the approximately 14,000 square foot portion of the lot behind the Grimke School building that currently houses the African-American Civil War Museum and provides accessory off-street parking, AND (4) redevelop an approximately 5,900 square foot lot adjacent to the historic Grimke School located at 912 U Street, NW.

Improvements on the School Parcel include the approximately 52,356 square foot Grimke School building. Other improvements include an adjoining approximately 4,809 square foot gymnasium, and accessory off-street parking. The Vacant Parcel is improved with a surface parking lot and operates as a flea market on the weekends.

The gymnasium is currently being used by the African-American Civil War Museum (“AACWM”). District Council passed legislation, the “African-American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation Inc. Museum Development Act of 2013”, requiring that any redevelopment of the School Parcel provide for the exclusive use, renovation, and expansion of space of no less than 10,000 square feet for the establishment and operation of the AACWM and its Visitor’s Center (Sections 2132 to 2134 of D.C. Law 20-61). The legislation is included in the “Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Act of 2013.”

The Grimke Elementary School is a contributing building to the U Street Historic District. 

About Roadside-Sorg plan with townhomes and condos

1355-57 U Street NW DC 20009


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