District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor

10/16/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/16/2019 16:43

Mayor Bowser to Celebrate the Transformation of Grimke School into New Housing and Renovated African American Civil War Museum

(Washington, DC) - On Thursday, October 17, at 4 pm, Mayor Muriel Bowser will break ground on the redevelopment of the former Grimke School, a mixed-use site in Ward 1 that will deliver 68 homes, including 21 affordable units, create a permanent home for the African American Civil War Museum, and bring 100 jobs to the District.

The Grimke School Redevelopment site includes the 130-year-old Grimke School Building, with the African American Civil War Museum currently housed in the gymnasium and a parking lot at 912 U Street, NW. The redevelopment will also create an arts space for CulturalDC and improve the connection between the African American Civil War Museum and the African American Civil War Memorial.

When:

Thursday, October 17, at 4 pm

Who:

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, Ward 1
Frank Smith, Director, African American Civil War Museum and former Ward 1 Councilmember
Sarosh Olpadwala, Real Estate Development Director, Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Grant Epstein, President, Community Three Development
John Francis Gallas, President, Torti Gallas and Partners

Where:

Grimke School
1923 Vermont Avenue, NW
*Closest Metro: U St/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Station*

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]. To view the ribbon cutting, visit mayor.dc.gov/live or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).