GENERAL PROJECT INFORMATION
1 1B
1923 Vermont Avenue NW and 912 U Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Community Three Development, LLC / Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
The project site includes lot 827 with the 130-year old Grimke School building and a stand-alone gymnasium that currently and temporarily houses the African-American Civil War Memorial Museum (AACWMM), and Lot 833, located at 912 U Street NW.  The main Grimke Elementary School building will be completely renovated and ground-leased for 99 years with at least 15,000 square feet of space dedicated to cultural uses.  At least 10,000 sf of the cultural space is for the exclusive use of the African-American Civil War Memorial Museum, and over 4,000 square feet of cultural space will be programmed by CulturalDC.  The rest of the Grimke building will provide approximately 25,000 square feet for commercial office uses serving as the new headquarters of Torti Gallas + Partners.  The remainder of Lot 827, which currently includes the gymnasium and the full Lot 833 will be transferred fee-simple. 

In 2008, the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) released a Request for Offers (RFO) for the Grimke School Building along with 11 other closed DC Public School facilities.  Respondents to the RFO were announced in 2009, but a development team was not selected for the Grimke School at that time.  

In 2010, the District delegated authority to redevelop the property to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), and in April 2014, DMPED released a solicitation for redevelopment of the Grimke School Building along with the Vacant Parcel at 912 U Street NW.  Two development teams, Roadside Development/Sorg Architects and Community Three Development/Torti Gallas Architects, were selected to move forward to a Best and Final Offer (BAFO).  The community supported both teams’ proposed programs which incorporated additional cultural uses in the Grimke School Building beyond the AACWMM. 

Roadside/Sorg was unable to make the deal work, and after substantial outreach to ANC 1B and the community—and based on prior support for  Community Three Development/Torti Gallas’ original proposal—DMPED elected to pursue negotiations with C3D/Torti Gallas as permitted under the RFP’s alternate developer selection criteria.  In order to meet the community’s request to maintain the project schedule, DMPED began negotiations with C3D/Torti Gallas on December 13, 2016.

On August 3rd, 2017, ANC 1B issued a resolution supporting moving forward with Community Three Development as the new developer of the Grimke School without issuing a new solicitation.

The Disposition to Community Three Development was approved by Council November 7, 2017, and the Developer executed the Land Disposition Agreement in March 2018.  The project broke ground on October 17, 2019.
DMPED has negotiated a Land Disposition and Development Agreement with Community Three Development and Torti Gallas Architects to deliver a new, exciting restoration of the Grimke School that will include a permanent home for the African-American Civil War Museum, cultural uses, daytime commercial activity, and affordable housing.

DMPED submitted the new disposition agreement to Council in July 2017.  The disposition of the Grimke School was approved November 7th, 2017, and the agreement executed by the Developer and the District in March 2018.

Ground breaking occurred October 17, 2019.
PROJECT DETAILS
68 47 21
Affordability Levels (% of Area Median Income)
11 0 10
131,000
64,000 3,000 48,000 16,000 21
15,000 SF of the Grimke Building is being committed to cultural uses.  Of that, at least 10,000 SF are reserved for the exclusive use of the African American Civil War Museum, and the remaining are to be  programmed by CulturalDC.
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