Bates area resident Caryn posted an entry at the Bates Area Civic Association (BACA) blog regarding the development of the JF Cook School on the unit block of P Street NW.
You can read her BACA post here: http://batesareacivicassociation.org/2011/08/14/jf-cook-school-building-update/
Caryn: ``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.``
That`s correct. Youth Build is going forward with its plans to use the 1st floor of the JF Cook School for its public charter school. However, the plans to use the 2nd & 3rd floors of the school for Section 8 housing for the Latin American Youth Council (LAYC) ~ which many in the surrounding community opposed, while others supported ~- are now dead.
So no LAYC Section 8 housing at the JF Cook School.
Youth Build Public Charter School has issued a Request for Information for a development partner and tenant. YouthBuild's Request for Information, sent around by ANC 5C01 Commissioner Bradley Thomas, has been posted at the BACA blog: http://dcbaca.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/cook-school-partner-request-for-information-8-12-11.pdf.
You can click on the link above to read the RFI document if you like.
Washington City Paper Housing Complex columnist Lydia DePillis has a post already this morning on this news:
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
Let's see where this goes from here.