In a letter to Councilmember Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Central Union Mission Executive Director David Treadwell said that the shelter is on the move. The shelter is at the southeast corner of 14th and R Streets NW. Graham released the letter on the U Street News listserv.
“Beginning in May, our homeless shelter and Spiritual Transformation Program (STP) will be housed at 810 5th¬†Street, NW, in the former home of Gospel Rescue Ministries. We anticipate providing services to approximately 120 men while we wait for our renovation project [at 65 Massachusetts Avenue NW] to be completed early this fall.”
The Central Union Mission and its red sign “Come Unto Me” had been a staple of 14th Street since 1983. Last November, Borderstan reported that a new retail and condo development¬†will replace¬†Central Union Mission‚Äôs 14th and R location.
Central Union Mission has been rooted in the Logan Circle community and serving the homeless population for nearly 30 years. However, the organization¬†is¬†building a new home¬†at 65 Massachusetts Avenue NW, and construction on the new Eric Colbert¬†& Associates development project is expected to begin this spring.
The closure and relocation of¬†Central Union Mission makes way for 50 condo units and retail spaces at 1350 R Street NW would seem to present a potent symbol of the changes and demographics of the area brought about by urban renewal.
The Washington Post¬†reports¬†the new development will include roughly 50 units of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom condos, ranging in space from 800 square feet to 1,000 square feet each.¬†The Post¬†also reports that the condos will cost around¬†$419,900 to $849,900, and the project is expected to take 14 months to complete.
The retail businesses have not been decided for the building, but¬†The Post¬†article says the developers will be picky about the retailers that go into the new building to ensure the businesses are good neighbors to the residents.