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Former Columbia Heights school to become apartment building

Commercial space will take up the basement and ground floors

The former home of NationHouse, one of the oldest independent "Afrikan" centered schools in the United States, is planned to be redeveloped into housing. UrbanTurf was the first to report that developer District Quarters filed documents with the Board of Zoning Adjustment to convert the vacant building into a nine-unit apartment building.

The developer plans on constructing a three-story addition atop the three-story structure proposing a three-story addition beside the building, on the Sherman side. Eight surface parking spaces will also be constructed. Each of the nine units will range from 846 square feet to 1,888 square feet. UrbanTurf further reported:

"There will be two bi-level commercial spaces on the basement and ground floors: one at the corner of Park Road and Sherman Avenue occupying 2,802 square feet, and the second occupying 1,417 square feet fronting Park Road."

The school was founded in July 1974 and grew out of the student activism of Howard University, according to NationHouse’s website. UrbanTurf reported that the building was constructed in 1911 and has been vacant since 2012.