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D.C. news in brief

Grants will help redevelop Barry Farm, Wade Apartments

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the D.C. Housing Authority a $300,000 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant for a comprehensive neighborhood transformation plan for Barry Farm and Wade Apartments.

The award is the second Choice grant given to the city this year. In January, a grant was given to the Kenilworth-Parkside Neighborhood, which was also recently designated as a finalist for a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant for up to $30 million. The D.C. Housing Authority has received seven HOPE VI grants from HUD, the second-highest tally in the nation, and has leveraged the $181 million in grants into $2 billion in redevelopment across the District.

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Construction union breaks ground on training center

LiUNA!, an American and Canadian construction workers union, recently broke ground on a job training center at its Local 657 training institute, 5332 First Pl. NE.

The project will add 5,000 square feet of classroom and workshop training space to the building. Once complete, the training center will offer three tracks: pre-apprenticeship classes, courses designed for working construction craftsmen, and courses to update professional certifications for skilled journeymen.

In 2011, the D.C. Council amended D.C.’s First Source law to enforce a requirement that 51 percent of hires for most city contracts be D.C. residents. Through its training programs, the union hopes to add to the number of qualified D.C. construction craft laborers to meet that goal.

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Art from broken instruments to benefit music charity

Hungry for Music, a nonprofit group that donates musical instruments to low-income schoolchildren, is holding a silent auction of art created from old and broken musical instruments. More than 20 local artists are participating, including some from Art Enables, a D.C. studio for artists with developmental disabilities.

The auction is from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Gibson Guitar VIP Showroom, 709 G Street NW, and will include live music from Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass, acoustic blues duo Rick Franklin and Charles Solomon, and the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Trio.

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— Compiled by Terence McArdle

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