9th Street BARJ: A look at the DC Courts adolescent pre-adjudication center

9th Street BARJ: A look at the DC Courts adolescent pre-adjudication center

Petworth used to have a post office on 9th Street. Even if the people who worked there weren’t always the nicest, it was convenient. When it closed in 2015, people wondered what was going to come next. Condos? A new business? In 2017, we found out it was going to be a youth pre-adjudication center run by the DC Courts. And now, it’s getting ready to open.

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Community meeting on upcoming youth facility on 9th Street

Community meeting on upcoming youth facility on 9th Street

Councilmember Brandon Todd and ANC 4C07 Commissioner Karen Cooper are hosting a community meeting with DC Superior Courts on Thursday, June 8th at 7pm.

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Update on the new youth probation & pre-adjudication center coming to 9th Street

Update on the new youth probation & pre-adjudication center coming to 9th Street

DC Superior Court is taking occupancy of the old Post Office (4211 9th Street NW) for a new youth probation and pre-adjudication center, called the Northwest Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) Drop-In Center. While there has not yet been any community outreach by the Courts about the NW BARJ, Petworth News was able to get more information on what to expect from the center, and how the community can support it.

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CM Brandon Todd & ANC Commissioner Cooper look to get a meeting with DC Courts

CM Brandon Todd & ANC Commissioner Cooper look to get a meeting with DC Courts

There are two main concerns expressed about DC Superior Courts taking ownership of the old Petworth post office at 4211 9th Street NW, specifically its location close to the burgeoning Upshur Street retail and restaurants, and the lack of communication with the community about the facility.

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The old Petworth post office has a new owner

The old Petworth post office has a new owner

Petworth used to have a convenient post office at 4211 9th Street NW. It was shut down a couple of years ago, and stories about what was to come in that place were circulating. At one time I had heard it was to be a senior services center, but now we know what’s coming to the space.

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