The point of this site is to share information about the history of the neighborhood. I have a pile of documents relating to this neighborhood and Shaw as a whole. I should try to get more documents such as the 1969 report I found out. Though it doesn’t say a lot, it does talk about the one square, Sq. 551, which is bounded by R , Florida Ave, 1st, Q and 3rd Streets. Before the Florida Avenue park and the Northwest Cooperative, there were individual homes, a dairy and the old Mt. Sinai church. According to the report the houses on the block were too dilapidated for repair and were best torn down, the diary produced too much truck traffic, and the whole block (with the exception of the Mt. Sinai property) should be redeveloped. It appears Mt. Sinai obtained the properties between it’s old building and the corner at 3rd and Q, where the newer building sits today. This may be of interest to members of Mt. Sinai and residents of the Co-Op.
The document is from the National Archives and Records Administration in their collection relating to the National Capital Planning Commission.