Posts Tagged ‘St. Elizabeths’

Vendors Score Free Rent at St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion

Vendors at the St. Elizabeths Gateway Pavilion have scored what most of D.C.'s retail tenants can only dream of: free rent.
But the deal seems a little bit less sweet if you consider the rent the city was initially planning to charge them, just $1 a month.
The Gateway Pavilion opened in the fall as a way [...]

Microsoft Commits to Opening D.C. Innovation Center

Two years after D.C. officials started wooing Microsoft to open a major office in the District, the company is now committed to establishing an innovation center in D.C.
Last year, Microsoft was one of three companies to make the short list for an anchor tenant at the St. Elizabeths site between Anacostia and Congress Heights. Since [...]

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 [...]

Twelve Colleges Want a Part of St. Elizabeths

The redevelopment of the St. Elizabeths East Campus, near the Congress Heights Metro station, is finally moving forward, and a dozen colleges and universities want to get in on the action.
In April, the city issued a solicitation for "academic institutions or consortia that wish to serve as the academic anchor for the St. Elizabeths East Innovation Hub, an [...]

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 [...]

In Defense of Affordability at Parkway Overlook

My column this week on the ghost town at the former Parkway Overlook Apartments has sparked a debate in the comments and on Twitter over whether the complex should really be restored as affordable housing. The 20 buildings on the property housed more than 1,000 low-income residents receiving Section 8 assistance from the federal government [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Prediction Notices: What 2013 Could Have in Store for D.C. Real Estate

2012 was supposed to be the year that the economic recovery finally picked up steam, the real estate market made a meaningful comeback, and the District’s streetcar started running. None of that happened. 2013 has already seen similar predictions, but with the country continuing to see not-very-impressive job growth, D.C.’s housing and office markets coming [...]