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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 09/15/2009

Closed School Site to Be Reborn as Apartments, Shops

Hine Junior High School, shuttered last year by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's school closure plan, will be transformed into 150 apartments, restaurants, shops and office space for the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Fenty (D) announced Tuesday that the city has picked Stanton-Eastbanc, a District-based team of architects and developers, to redevelop the 3.5-acre site. The team could break ground as early as 2011.

The school is adjacent to Eastern Market, a signature of Capitol Hill.

There were 11 bidders. But Capitol Hill Restoration Society gave the nod to Stanton-Eastbanc, which includes well-respected firm Weinstein Escocoff Architects, in July. The stamp of the society and others, as well as the financing, influenced the decision of city officials.

"This team has deep ties to the neighborhood, a proven track record for delivering first-rate projects and a tremendous vision for a project that will make a great neighborhood even greater."

Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) said he was pleased that the Shakespeare Theatre Company, underground parking and the promise to reopen C Street were included in Stanton-Eastbanc's proposal. "I'm excited about the plans for this site, located in the heart of Capitol Hill, to preserve the character of the historic Eastern Market, yet also create new family housing and retail that supports the community."

Arlington-based International Relief & Development will also move its headquarters to the site.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  11:41 AM ET, 09/15/2009

Categories:  Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart, Nikita Stewart | Tags:  Adrian M. Fenty, Hine Junior High School, Stanton-Eastbanc, Tommy Wells, Weinstein Escocoff Architects

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