Scrap DC Loses Lease – Will Close Doors November 22nd

We were saddened to hear that Brookland non-profit Scrap DC will be shutting its doors later this month. Not only do we love the mission of re-purposing  items to keep them out of landfills, they really provide a service via educational programs and affordable materials to the community. We spoke with Scrap DC executive director Sharon Robinson, who simply said they “lost their lease” and the flyer below was being handed out on Saturday. The flyer states that they will re-open in the spring in a new location, and points people to their Facebook page as a place to keep up with their plans. This is the second time a Brookland non-profit has lost their lease at this location, 3101 12th Street NE, due to financial hardship. In October 2012 First Time Computers left because they couldn’t afford the increase in the lease amount when they went to re-sign.

Scrap DC Closing

2 thoughts on “Scrap DC Loses Lease – Will Close Doors November 22nd”

  1. Its the landlord Menkiti Group charging exorbitant rental rates to nonprofits. Terrible landlords and a shame to our community for letting them continue this way to nonprofits that want to belong in Brookland.

  2. What a huge loss to the community. Landlords who own multiple properties in a community have a responsibility to give thought to how different businesses and non-profits enhance the character and livability of a neighborhood.
    Scrap DC has been an outstanding asset to Brookland, redirecting resources away from landfills and serving artists and the artistically inclined. And such a charming place!

    Brookland is much the poorer for this loss–what kind of Arts District could the Upper Northeast become when artists’ supply places are pushed out by the pursuit of ever higher rents?

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