DC Line article on BACA’s plans for the shuttered Langston School and the National Peace Corps Association

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The first few paragraphs of Michelle Goldchain’s article have been provided below.


Langston School DC Line article 2018 06 15

Running across a vacant or blighted building in DC isn’t uncommon, much to the chagrin of residents. In May 2016, Greater Greater Washington put the “official count” of vacant and blighted buildings in the city at approximately 1,200, but the number is likely even higher.

There are also many former schoolhouses in the District that have seen better days. There are approximately 21 DC-owned schoolhouses built between 1865 and 1930 that are either vacant or dilapidated. But if a private nonprofit gets its way, one of these buildings will finally get a new use.

The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA) is in the “exploratory” phase of considering redeveloping the Langston School at 43 P St. NW. According to NPCA president and CEO Glenn Blumhorst, the organization is considering reusing the building as a “Peace Corps House,” which would be like a community center or settlement house where neighbors can gather and interact with one another. There are also plans for a museum that would share “the Peace Corps experience” so that visitors can learn what volunteers do and what the federal entity, Peace Corps, does.

“It seemed like this was a very logical option for us to look at,” Blumhorst said. “Essentially [it would be] a Peace Corps community center.”

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