Jackson Arts Center Seeks Allies
With its 15-year lease expiring soon, the artists at the Jackson Art Center may have to settle down for a three-year lease extension with the District government, which owns the former school at 3050 R St., N.W. Why? There is talk that the property may be sold to private developers. Art center president Simma Liebman asked for the community’s help, and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission asked D.C. government to extend the center’s lease for “not less than five years.” Liebman noted that the non-profit has almost a $1 million in escrow from its rent money that could upgrade the building’s windows, making the historic structure look less run-down. The property is on the same block as the old Hurt Home which the D.C. government sold to developers.