Buchanan School Demolition to Begin by Early 2016

Buchanan School summer 2015.

Buchanan School summer 2015.

Demolition of the two northern structures on the former Buchanan School (International School) in Hill East could begin as soon as mid-December and definitely by early 2016, the project team told community members at a meeting Monday. The new development by Insight Development with designs by SK+I Architecture will bring 32 proposed townhomes and the 41 one-level condo flats to 1325 D St SE.

The historic school building on site will become condos, but two later additions will be demolished to make way for the new townhomes.

The general contractors, Moriarty, expects to receive permits for demolition in December or January and for demolition to last about two months. Vehicles removing the debris will travel south on 13th Street, SE to Pennsylvania Avenue and will travel east to the highway to Virginia–11th Street will not be used because of safety and traffic concerns.

Neighbors can expect about six parking spaces to be taken up mid-block on 13th Street to create the entrance to the construction site. Additionally the green space currently used as an informal dog park will in all likelihood be blocked off by construction fencing. Sorry fido.

Depending on permits and construction delays, the project should deliver in 2017.

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