The Franklin School, located at 13th & K Street NW, was designed by Adolph Cluss in 1869. It is a National Historic Landmark. Photo: army.arch on Flickr.
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2F's February 4 agenda (7pm at the Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW) includes (at about 8:45pm) presentation of a proposal for the Franklin School. As you may remember, the city abruptly closed the Franklin School, which was being used as a low-barried shelter for 400 homeless, in late September, after gradually removing its beds to reduce capacity.
Years ago, the District planned on putting a boutique hotel in the historic building through one of those lucrative, no-bid contracts to a politically-connected developer. When that saw the light of day, the plan fell apart, ultimately ending in a lawsuit and recent settlement in favor of the developer.
Is a legitimate, publicly-vetted plan for the Franklin School near? As this 2005 article shows, a plan has been long coming and through many concepts, but not soon arriving.