JF Cook School Building Update

If I’m reading this right it looks like Youth Build is starting over in its plan to develop the Cook School WITHOUT LAYC and the housing component of the project. See the attached document that ANC Commissioner Thomas send around, and below is an exerpt:

YouthBuild Public Charter School (YBPCS) is seeking a development partner and tenant for the redevelopment of the J.F. Cook School, 30-44 P Street NW, Washington DC 20001. The currently vacant building is a three story (plus basement), 39,276 square feet property which was previously used as a school until 2008. The building was constructed in the mid-1920’s, and consists of more than twenty classrooms, administrative and multi-purpose spaces, an auditorium, and a kitchen. YBPCS intends to use the 1st floor of the building as a second YBPCS Campus. YBPCS will host up to 150 students at the site, with half of enrollees off campus doing field work on any given day. YBPCS is seeking a partner(s) for the 2nd and 3rd floors.

YBPCS seeks responses to this Request for Information from organizations interested in partnering with YBPCS to rehabilitate and operate the building and/or interested in occupying the available space. Organizations that successfully complete the RFI process will be asked to provide more detailed information about their plan for the available space and their technical and financial capacity to participate in the redevelopment and long-term operation of the building.

Cook School Partner Request for Information 8.12.11.pdf

11 thoughts on “JF Cook School Building Update

  1. It’s Monday morning. I have been sitting here waiting for Lydia DePillis’ post at her Washington City Paper Housing Complex column on Caryn’s BACA blog post. Ding! It just showed up.

    With Latin American Youth Center Booted from J.F. Cook School, Youthbuild Seeks New Partner
    Posted by Lydia DePillis on Aug. 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

  2. At the June 23rd meeting, YBPCS and DRES/DMPED explained some of this process and had a good discussion with the neighborhood. My understanding from that meeting is that any proposed tenant for the top two floors will be vetted by the neighborhood as part of the award process. It’s a little disappointing to not see that in the RFP, but this is a start.


    1. Her quickly posting pro-layc articles in response to any action has been pretty much a given for the past year or so.

  3. Caryn: Mike is correct — Lydia has been following the JF Cook School/YouthBuild/LAYC issue rather faithfully, so I predicted a WCP:HC blog post from her this morning. Besides, it is mid-August which is a dead dead dead news time, so news blogger are desperate. 😉

  4. Oh, and it looks like we’re called a bunch of nimby’s again. From the wcp housingcomplex twitter feed:

    “With plan for youth housing at Cook School killed by NIMBYs, Youthbuild looks for another partner/funder. bit.ly/p04eOa”

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