Washington, DC

“Dear PoP,

Martinez and Johnson architects are supposed to come to the ANC meeting on July 19 to discuss their plans for redeveloping the Meridian Hill Baptist Church on 16th Street. Personally, I think this looks like a respectful and ambitious repurpose of the church, which was burned back in 2008 when the Deauville caught fire. You can see the original messages at www.anc1d.org.”

Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for Meridian Hill Baptist Church – PART 1a.

If anyone goes to the July 19th meeting let us know how the meeting goes.

You can find an update on The Monseñor Romero Apartments (Deauville) apartments (3145 Mt Pleasant St, NW) here:

NHT Enterprise was selected by the Tenants to assist them in purchasing and redeveloping the building, and with their assistance the Association secured a loan from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and purchased the building on June 26, 2010.

Now, the work continues to develop plans and assemble the financing that will allow the property to be rebuilt and the residents to return. Over $400,000 in predevelopment loans and grants have already been assembled from the DC Neighborhood Investment Fund (NIF), DHCD and Capital One Bank’s Investing in Neighborhood’s Program (COIN).

I always shake my head when I see this in the window of the burned out shell:


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