Thursday, October 6, 2016
About the Project
In 2012, the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative set out on an ambitious journey: to redevelop a vacant building on the 2300 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE into a 20,000 square-foot facility for FSFSC’s new offices.
We purchased the former bowling alley / Masonic lodge / furniture store and began the hard work of activating a space that would serve as our permanent headquarters and bring much-needed amenities to the community we've serve for over 20 years.
After years of planning and tireless support from the board, staff, community activists, local business leaders, philanthropists and leaders in government, our dream of owning a permanent home in Historic Anacostia is becoming a reality.
The first floor will bring new resources and opportunities to Ward 8 by housing a full-service Busboys and Poets restaurant, bookstore, and other retail opportunities. In addition to the local construction jobs, the new Busboys is expected to create approximately 100 sustained jobs for neighborhood residents.
The second and newly constructed third floor will serve as the new home for our over 70 employees, where we will continue the important work we've been doing for over 20 years. It will also allow us to enhance our programming for the years and decades to come.
The $14.6 million state-of-the-art facility was made possible by District gap funding, including a $3 million grant funded by the Mayor last year.
The project also received $8 million in revenue bonds from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and over $2 million from the DC Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program administered by the DC Department of Energy and Environment and Urban Ingenuity. This innovative project is the first in the nation to use PACE funding along with tax-exempt funds to drive down energy bills and lower the cost of building improvements for non-profit organizations.