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DC Council approves $70 million in revenue bonds for Howard University to renovate Tubman Quad dorms, two historic LeDroit Parkhomes
By Christian Zapata
On June 7, 2019 Last updated June 7, 2019
A proposal to issue nearly $70 million in DC revenue bonds for the renovation of historic Howard University dormitories won approval from the DC Council this week. The measure will also provide a boost to long-awaited restorations of two vacant LeDroit Park homes owned by the university and tied to key figures in the civil rights movement.
The resolution authorizing the bonds was approved without debate Tuesday, a week after the Committee on Finance and Revenue endorsed it.
The bonds will fund upgrades to the Harriet Tubman Quadrangle on Howard’s main campus at 2455 and 2350 4th St. NW. Howard students had complained about living conditions in the quad’s residence halls before the university announced the renovation plans last fall.
The legislation allows remaining funds from the $69.82 million total in bonds to go toward other improvement projects at Howard, including redevelopment of two notable university-owned residences in LeDroit Park: the Robert and Mary Church Terrell House at 326 T St. NW, once the home of civil rights activist and suffragist Mary Church Terrell; and the Walter E. Washington House at 408-410 T St. NW, the former home of the District’s first elected mayor under home rule. Neighborhood groups have long pressed for the university to restore the homes to productive use.