[Updated 5:11 p.m.] On the same day Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina blasted a long-stalled New Horizons day-care center as an example of wasted federal stimulus funding, the nonprofit’s executive director said the project has been scrapped altogether and the vacant lot will be sold.
The two-story project would have expanded child-care services for low-income families at the center, which has been grappling for years with how to accommodate growing demand and longer wait lists.
But amid the economic recession, planned private donations didn’t come through, leaving the multimillion-dollar construction project short, said the nonprofit’s founder, Maria Rochart.
With the center struggling to keep its doors open, Rochart said she was left with no choice but to sell the vacant Maryland Avenue properties, which carry a $7,000 monthly mortgage payment.
“I’m trying to be very strong, but it’s horrible, and I wish somebody could come tomorrow and say, ‘Here, you can make the project,’” she said Monday.