Sign Unveiling for New Urban League Headquarters Held

Aug 30, 2002

The Greater Washington Urban League (GWUL) announced in August that it has entered into an Exclusive Right Agreement with the RLA Revitalization Corporation to purchase and develop the Hines Funeral Homes Building at 14th and Harvard Streets, N.W. for its new headquarters. The building, which has been vacant for more than 20 years, is located in the Columbia Heights Enterprise Zone of the city.

The announcement was made at a sign unveiling at the site, 2901 14th Street, N.W. Renovation is slated to begin in January 2003 with a move-in date for the League of early 2004. The GWUL has initiated a $10 million Capital Campaign for the purchase, renovation and endowment of the building.

Greater Washington Urban League President Maudine R. Cooper was joined for the announcement by Ward One Council member Jim Graham and representatives from the Development Team. Development Resources, Inc. (DRI), a Washington, D.C.-based commercial real estate development company, is the Development Team consultant. Russell A. Sears & Associates is providing architectural service; Eichberg Construction, Inc. has been selected as the general contractor; and L.S. Caldwell & Associates, the compliance contractor.

The new facility, which will be twice the size of the League’s current headquarters at 3501 14th Street, N.W., will provide a stable anchor for the neighborhood, more community meeting space and an accessible community resource facility. Program offerings will include but not be limited to technology programs; after-school services; housing assistance; parenting assistance and resources enabling the elderly to live independently. In short, the new center will function as a hub for those in need of empowerment, education and enrichment.

Major grant donors to the Capital Campaign to-date include the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, Anheuser-Busch Foundation, Philip L. Graham Foundation, PEPO, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Meyer Foundation.

“We are delighted that we have found a new home in the Columbia Heights community, just a few blocks from our current headquarters. This facility will be a resource center for not only Columbia Heights but the city as well,” said Cooper.