Building a sound studio so District teenagers could produce their own records doesn't seem like it has much to do with fighting drug abuse.

Neither does building a junior-high boarding school.

But these are among the ideas a leading Ward 7 community group is recommending to be part of a $3 million drug prevention plan in its neighborhood.

The Marshall Heights Community Development Organization Inc. submitted the proposal several weeks ago to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The New Jersey-based philanthropic group is giving away $3 million each to eight communities that prove they have the strategy and commitment needed to implement their plans.

The Marshall Heights group is competing against 13 other communities, most of them mid-sized U.S. cities or counties.

The Marshall Heights plan would target Ward 7 and the eastern half of Ward 6. Since 1986, when crack and turf wars invaded, the homicide rate in this area has jumped 200 percent, according to city officials.

Lloyd Smith, executive director of the Marshall Heights group, said the discussions needed to file the application have brought the community together, which means some of the ideas might happen even if the grant is denied.

One of the more innovative ideas is to establish a residential academy for youngsters who live in crime-infested areas. The academy would provide a safe, stable environment away from the drug culture, Smith said.

Other proposals include a 130-bed drug treatment facility, a cooperative food buying club and a job training program for black males.

Plans are also under way to build a "media center" with video equipment so youths could film their own anti-drug commercials, and a sound studio so they can make demonstration tapes and records.

"We have to get our {anti-drug abuse} message out and make it relevant to youngsters," Smith said.

The center also could be used to lure youth away from the drug culture and even help some launch music careers in the District, Smith said.

To reach out to local addicts, Smith said the group has obtained a commitment from the D.C. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services Administration to start building an out-patient treatment facility at Division and Nannie Helen Burroughs avenues NE by next spring.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation gave communities two years to put together proposals, but Smith said his task force did the work in seven months because the community can't wait that long to address its problems. "We can't sit and twiddle our thumbs while our community is crumbling around us," he said. "We have a crisis on our hands."