With the influx of new residential development in Fort Lincoln, there seems to be a growing concern over the use of the Thurgood Marshall Elementary School(TMES). The school was closed officially in 2013 and according to the Fort Lincoln Civic Association Website will be closed for 5 years as a school. Before the closing of the school in 2012 residents voiced their concerns over the new residential development and the need it will create, however it was closed nonetheless.
As most people know, there is interest from the developer to use the School as a community center with YMCA as the operator. The following is a quick run down on the status of this project:
1 – The developer has filed to have Thurgood Marshall Elementary School zoned as a community center, which has the support from the Office of Planning.
2 – There is a $25,000 contribution that is to be made to the Theodore Hagans Cultural Center for renovations by the developer , which is part of the original Planned unit Development from 2007. However, due to the size and low usage of the cultural center, the developer is requesting to have that contribution redirected from the Hagans Cultural Center to the Thurgood Marshall facility for its proposed reuse.
3. The YMCA has not been confirmed as the operator. There is also another DC Agency that will occupy the space, which is also not confirmed.
4- ANC Commissioner Bob King provided the letter of support redirecting the $25,000 from the Theodore Hagans Cultural Center to the Thurgood Marshall facility.
4. During the Zoning Hearing on June 10, 2013 the decision was deferred due to the lack of detail of how the $25,000 would be used. That decision prompted a tour of the facility with all interested parties on October 18, 2013.
6- During the last Zoning Hearing on July 17, 2014, the decision was once again deferred, due to the lack of detail of how the $25,000 will be used. The decision has been deferred until January of 2015.