Franklin School redevelopment plan to be announced soon

The Franklin School's building was erected in 1869. Photo: AgnosticPreachersKid/Wikimedia Commons

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to announce a selection soon for a major redevelopment of the historic Franklin School building downtown.

The building was designed by Smithsonian architect Adolph Cluss and built in 1869, and it was the site of experiments by telephone inventor Alexander Graham Bell. Later it became the District of Columbia's first high school.

The Washington Post reports the city's economic development officials have narrowed proposals for the building to four candidates.

One proposal calls for creating a contemporary art museum and restaurant at the site. Another calls for a 40-room boutique hotel with a rooftop lounge.

A third proposal from real estate firm CoStar Group seeks to house an open office space at the site. Another developer wants to create a digital innovation hub.