By: Rafael E. Valero
The Metropolitan Police Clubhouse #10, located in Lower Columbia heights at 2500 14th Street, a unit of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, was the recent beneficiary of a $20,000 donation that will allow for the expansion of its tutorial programs.
With this funding provided by the city’s newest commercial real estate development group, the local owners of which have established their offices on U Street, Clubhouse #10 will now be able develop and implement educational activities focusing
on music, arts and crafts, along with further expanding its sports programs and the summer camp program, as well as setting up a state-of-the-art computer lab.
“We’re delighted to do our part in promoting youth programs in the community,” says David Franco, founder of Level 2 Development. “This donation is our little way to support the Clubhouse and help foster children and education in the Washington metropolitan area.”
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to help youngsters of all backgrounds, with an emphasis on at-risk youth; build confidence, develop character and acquire the skills needed to become productive, civic-minded, responsible adults.
Level 2 Development is not new to the 14th Street neighborhood. Just a stone’s throw from Clubhouse #10, the company is transforming two properties into high-end condominiums and up-scale retail stores. Plans include the redevelopment of Nehemiah Shopping Center, which is adjacent to the Clubhouse, along with the former Petrovich Auto Repair Shop property at 14th Street and Florida Avenue. (This latter project was the subject of a report in this newspaper a year ago. See, “Longtime 14th St. Auto Repair Business Sells Property to Developer,” InTowner, July 2005, page 1.)