The DC Department of General Services (DGS) has issued a Request for Proposals (pdf) for the disposition and redevelopment of the Eastern Branch Building, the former Boys and Girls Club building located at 261 17th Street SE. Responses are due by Thurs., November 20 at 3:00 pm.
While the RFP does not include everything ANC 6B requested (pdf), it does reference the commission’s comments and encourages respondents to proactively reach out to the community if interested in the building. The RFP also references a community presentation for all development teams that submit complete proposals that DGS determines are responsive.
If you are interested in learning more about the RFP, please plan to attend one or both of these upcoming meetings:
- Tues, Sept. 16 – DGS Eastern Branch Surplus Hearing, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, Payne Elementary School (1445 C Street SE) – Though titled a “hearing,” this meeting will be a much more informal discussion of the state of the building and the RFP process.
- Wed., Sept. 17 – Pre-proposal Conference, 10:30 am, Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street NW, Second Floor – This will be another opportunity to learn about the building and RFP process. While the agenda will be geared towards parties interested in responding to the RFP, the meeting is open to the public.
DGS is also conducting tours of the building on Wed., Sept. 17 from 12-3 pm. These tours are designed for development teams interested in submitting a proposal, and all individuals touring the building will have to sign a waiver. I plan to ask DGS whether residents will be allowed to tour the building as well.
I will post additional information as the RFP process unfolds.