Dear PoP – Former school on sale at 9th and T NW

by Prince Of Petworth July 25, 2011 at 4:00 pm 26 Comments

“Dear PoP,

Thought this might be interesting…these for sale signs just went up this week at 1851 9th St NW…used to be Maya Angelou Public Charter School…they cleaned out quick without much notice as far as any of the neighbors knew…”

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I put a call into the school but the phone went unanswered. Also on their Web site the contact us page brings up an error.

The building is listed for sale at $9,500,000.

  • jm

    this is perfect for the four-story, school-themed nightclub I’ve always dreamed of opening.

    • Denizen of Tenallytown

      Legal-aged ladies in Catholic school girl uniforms? There was a place in Tempe, AZ called “The Library” sporting that style. It worked.

  • Bloomingdude

    I like the chain linked fence on the ceiling. Whatever this becomes, THAT needs to stay.

  • Andy(2)

    Prediction – Condos!
    @Bloomingdale – agree they should keep the playground/chain link fence on the roof.

  • Joesep

    You wanna know why they left so fast? The Odd Fellows came back and discovered Maya Angelou and her gang were squatting on their property.

  • steve

    I hope the city didnt give this building to the charter school for nothing or next to nothing and now the charter school is trying to sell it for close to 10 Million!

    • Veronika


      • Anonymous

        jealousy. d’uh.

        who wouldn’t want that sweatheart of a deal?

      • Anonymous

        Because the taxpayers paid for it, so its value should return to the taxpayers. It’s probably more likely though that the charter school leased it.

  • Ed

    I hope the city didnt give this building to the charter school for nothing or next to nothing and now the charter school is trying to sell it for close to 10 Million!

  • textdoc

    Hmm, appears that the poster “steve” is also the poster “Ed” here!

    I too predict condos. Either that or maybe a really large nonprofit.

  • Denizen of Tenallytown

    Investors and realtors wonder where my value lies.
    I wasn’t built or furnished to suit a condo’s size.
    But when I start to tell them,
    They get dollar signs in their eyes.
    I say,
    It’s my awesome location,
    The hip neighborhood,
    The desperate renters,
    Resale value is good.
    I am a building phenomenally.
    Phenominal building, that’s me.

    • ParkRd

      Ok, that was good.

    • Anonymous


  • Hilary

    The school is opening a larger facility with the first adult charter school in NE.

    After graduation in June, which the Mayor and Jim Graham attended the school closed.

    The Maya Angelou School is an amazing program that benefits the entire city!

  • Pyramid

    Can someone provide background on this? Did the charter school buy the real estate property from the city? For how much? So the property now belongs to that charter school? Do they stand to make for a large profit? Who would do so, if so? How long was the charter school in existence at that location?

    • jcm

      The building is owned by the non-profit foundation that runs the charter school. They bought it in 1999 and renovated it for school use. I don’t believe the city ever owned it.

      Obviously the building is worth much more than they paid for it. The foundation will of course receive the proceeds from the sale.

      • Anonymous

        In 1999, it was worth not much. And they paid to fix it up, including the money I donated to them. That really benefitted the neighbors as well.

        Great program.

  • Pyramid

    Well if that is the case, fine. But it would be good to know if they purchased it from the city. I know there was always the idea floating about that charters would have the first right of refusal on public properties that the city is dispensing of. Sometimes that happened, sometimes not. I know the charters were always complaining either that it never happened or didn’t happen enough.

    Does anyone know who the charter purchased the building from in 1999?

  • crin

    Bought it for $350,000 in 1999. Don’t know from whom. https://www.taxpayerservicecenter.com/RP_Detail.jsp?ssl=0394%20%20%20%200874

    Assessed at around $2.5M

  • Maybe the school bought it from the original organization that had the building built, the Odd Fellows.

    And now I got that REM song ringing in my head.

  • nivin

    Lydia, who owns charter school buildings, the school or the District. They are suppose to be District public schools and they receive a payment for infrastructure. Hwo can they sell this building and make a profit?

  • nivin

    Sorry, POP!!! Maybe you know the answer to my question???

  • Pyramid

    I’m sure in this case the charter owns the property. This was one of the objections to charters – that they stood to profit handsomely from cheap city owned property. (Property the city sold for too little.)

    Who is Lydia?

    • DCster

      I thought in most cases the city leased but not sold property to charters (though, of course, the charter could lease from others besides the city as well, as in this case). Maybe nivin was suggesting Lydia DePillis over at City Paper might know.

      • nivin

        yes, that’s who I was referring to since I came to this link from her Housing Complex blog there.


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