Posts Tagged ‘Congress Heights’

Shedding Light on Congress Heights’ Mysterious Development Project

In November, I wrote a column about the mysterious sale of a 59-lot site in Congress Heights at an auction. The neighborhood, south of Anacostia, is one of D.C.'s poorest and receives little attention or investment (although plans were released this week for a new residential building). And here was a substantial chunk of the [...]

City Seeks Developer for Housing, Office, Retail, and “Innovation” at St. Elizabeths

The city is seeking a master developer to kick off the planned conversion of the former St. Elizabeths mental hospital near Congress Heights into a mixed-use community with housing, offices, shops, and a tech center.
The mayor's office released a request for proposals today for a developer to spearhead the first phase of the redevelopment project. [...]

The Coast Guard-Driven Neighborhood Revival That Wasn’t

Last summer, city and federal officials cut the ribbon on the new Coast Guard headquarters on the St. Elizabeths West Campus, between Anacostia and Congress Heights. The city, which is undertaking a companion mixed-use development on the St. Elizabeths East Campus across Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, hoped that the infusion of 3,700 Coast [...]

A Big Chunk of Congress Heights Was Just Auctioned Off. Hardly Anyone Noticed.

On typical days, the sprawling collection of abandoned, mostly-built houses and vacant lots tucked behind 4th Street SE sits fenced-in and empty, a distorted mirror image of the flattened construction site across the street, which will soon become the new Ballou High School. But on a recent Wednesday afternoon, a crowd of mostly men (mostly [...]

Slideshow: St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion Nears Completion

The pioneering, if temporary, element of the St. Elizabeths East Campus development—a "Gateway Pavilion" with a food vendor, food trucks, gathering spaces, and a farmer's market—was supposed to be finished in late August. Well, August has come and gone, and the construction crews are still at work. I paid a visit to the pavilion on [...]

Is Congress Heights Gentrifying?

Back in June, the Washington Business Journal's Michael Neibauer and I had a little disagreement about a study of D.C. neighborhoods. The study identified 18 neighborhoods that were poorer than the citywide average in 2001 and whose median income and property values have risen faster than the city average since then. Neibauer wrote that these neighborhoods were [...]

The New Coast Guard Headquarters Has Arrived. But Will It Help Ward 8?

This afternoon, a group of local and federal VIPs—from Mayor Vince Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)—gathered at the St. Elizabeths West Campus to cut the ribbon on the new Coast Guard headquarters.
The campus is set to house 3,700 Coast Guard employees, who will move in over the [...]

Overlooked and Underfunded

Just south of Anacostia, on a hill overlooking the Suitland Parkway, lies a ghost town.
I first encountered it earlier this summer while driving around Southeast D.C. with Reuben Pemberton, a Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs official who was showing me buildings with some of the highest outstanding vacant-property tax bills in the city. These [...]

Barry Farm and Congress Heights Gentrifying? Not Quite.

The Washington Business Journal reported yesterday on a new study of 18 "gentrifying" neighborhoods—areas "whose median property value and federal adjusted gross income fell below the citywide average in 2001, and rose above it 10 years later." The paper writes, "Many are not what, or where, you’d think."
No, they're not. Columbia Heights? Petworth? Sure, I'll [...]

St. Elizabeths Development Gets Underway With Pavilion Groundbreaking

The ballyhooed development of the St. Elizabeths East Campus finally took a turn for the tangible this morning with the groundbreaking of the site's Gateway Pavilion. The structure, set for completion this fall, will host an array of interim functions, including casual dining, a farmers market, and arts events.
“Today is a day I have long [...]