Major District-owned real estate developments

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Develop major District-owned parcels to increase affordable housing supply, create jobs for District residents, and strategically catalyze business activity and achieve a community-shaped development vision. Plans for District-owned parcels (including Walter Reed, St. Elizabeth’s, McMillan, Hill East, Poplar Point and Skyland) will be developed with community input via the OurRFP process, and all will strive to increase affordable housing supply, create quality jobs for DC residents, and catalyze business activity in key sectors. Click here for more information.

Progress Updates:

October 2019: Ribbon cutting for HELP USA Veterans Housing on the Parks at Walter Reed, making veterans the first residents to move into the reimagined Walter Reed Campus. The new, 100% affordable housing development will deliver 77 units of permanent, supportive housing for previously homeless veterans.

August 2019: Ground breaking for two 100% affordable housing communities, Providence Place and the Strand Residences, which will deliver 179 affordable units in the Deanwood neighborhood of Ward 7, including 63 replacement units through the New Communities Initiative (NCI). Read the press release.

July 2019: Ground breaking for Phase I of Bryant Street, a 13-acre mixed-use development that will deliver 487 apartment units, a nine-screen cinema, and 35,000 square feet of retail to Ward 5. Learn more.

May 2019: Mayor Bowser announces Lidl Grocery to open at Skyland Town Center in Ward 7, the first internationally recognized full-service supermarket to enter Wards 7 and 8 since 2007. Read more here.

March 2019: Mayor Muriel Bowser broke ground on The Brooks and Vale Buildings at the Parks at Walter Reed, located at the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Aspen Street, NW. The buildings are the first new construction on the historic campus and will include 301 apartments, including 30 affordable units and 89 condos, as well as more than 18,000 square feet of new retail along Georgia Avenue.

February 2019: Announcement that Redbrick LMD will develop Parcel 15 of the St. Elizabeths East Campus into a vibrant town square destination with retail, housing, and a stand-alone hotel. View more.

December 2018: Kick off of the second phase of construction at 555 E Street, SW, delivering mixed-income/mixed-age housing, a hotel, and retail space near the Southwest Waterfront neighborhood in Ward 6. The 58 affordable units will be designated entirely for seniors, with some as permanent supportive housing.

November 2018: The Mayor broke ground on a 252-unit apartment community with 202 affordable housing units on the historic St. Elizabeths East Campus, delivering on her commitment to provide high-quality affordable housing to the Congress Heights neighborhood in Ward 8.

September 2018: Ribbon cutting for the Entertainment and Sports Arena, part of the St. Elizabeth’s East campus redevelopment. The new venue will be the home of the Washington Mystics and the Capital City Go-Go, as well as the official practice facility for the Washington Wizards. The arena will also host cultural and community events for residents and visitors across all eight wards. View the press release.

September 2018:

St. Elizabeths: The St. Elizabeths East development will bring new jobs and visitors to East of the River. The East Campus opened for the Entertainment & Sports Arena in September 2018, 252 units of affordable housing breaking ground in October 2018, market rate townhomes, and commercial office, and retail space which will provide new amenities to residents.  The Parcel 15 solicitation that was issued in Summer 2018 envisions a new development opportunity that will serve as the gateway to this mixed-use, transit-oriented and entertainment community.

Skyland: The first phase delivering in 2020 will include: 263 residential rental units (30% of which will be dedicated to affordable housing); 84,000 square feet of retail space; and 248 parking spaces reserved for residential use and 199 parking spaces reserved for retail/service uses. Ultimately the full development of Skyland Town Center per the approved PUD will include total retail space of up to 342,000 square feet and 450-500  residential units.

Hill East: DC is proceeding with the Phase 1 of many phases of development with Parcels G-1 and F-1 that will allow the overall master plan vision to move forward while taking an approach adapted to today’s real estate climate and neighborhood needs. This Phase 1 transit-oriented mixed-use project includes 25,678 sq. ft. of ground floor retail and 353 residential units, 30% (or 106 units) of which are affordable (approximately half at or below 30% AMI, the other half at or below 50% AMI). It is projected to produce 60 construction jobs, 60 permanent jobs, and approximately $1.1 million in new annual tax revenue. In May 2018, development team comprised of Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Development broke ground on Parcel G-1 which will deliver a total of 262 units with 31 affordable housing units in summer of 2020. And construction on Parcel F-1 is expected to begin in winter of 2019. And in August 2018, DDOT started construction of new road infrastructure surrounding Parcels G-1 and F-1.

Skyland – August 2017: Site work on the Skyland project is under construction.  The Skyland Town Center redevelopment will ultimately include approximately 480 residential units and approximately 246,000 square-feet of commercial space.  Skyland will be a combination of high-quality national-brand retailers and neighborhood serving shops and restaurants and residential housing.

St. Elizabeth’s – August 2017: The St. Elizabeth’s East Campus development is bringing life back to a long vacant historic part of Ward 8.  The development will bring new jobs and visitors to East of the River and will include an Entertainment & Sports Arena and 252 units of affordable housing, market rate townhomes, and commercial, office, and retail space which will provide new amenities to residents.  Phase 1 infrastructure work and construction of the Entertainment & Sports Arena is scheduled for completion in fall 2018.

Hill East – August 2017: Since March, the development team has finalized building and infrastructure designs, secured zoning approvals and applied for building permits.  Construction of both buildings and infrastructure is expected to begin in spring of 2018.  The mixed-use project includes 32,000 sq-ft of ground floor retail and 354 residential units, 30% of which are affordable (approximately half at or below 30 AMI, the other half at or below 50 AMI).  It is projected to produce 60 construction jobs, 60 permanent jobs, and approximately $1.1 million in new annual tax revenue.

McMillan- August 2017: In FY17 Q3 there were remand hearings before the Zoning Commission and the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation.  In FY17 Q4 we expect additional hearings before the Zoning Commission and the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation.  In FY17 Q4 we also expect that DGS will commence preservation and stabilization work on many of the above grade historic resources within McMillan.

  • Timeline: FY17-20
  • Lead and key partners: Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO)
  • Related core sectors: real estate and construction, professional services
  • Related opportunity areas: n/a
  • Related action areas: space and supports