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The District of Columbia Housing Authority today broke ground on the mixed-use phase of the Capitol Gateway Marketplace, bringing more affordable housing, retail, and job opportunities to the District.

“DCHA is going to keep the commitment to the community to bring back affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families,” said DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman. “We are not just bringing back those units, not just produce, not just retail, but bringing jobs to the community so that Ward 7 can flourish.”

The $220 million mixed-use, transit-oriented town center ($120 million for the Capitol Gateway Marketplace phase alone) will feature a LEED-certified apartment complex located above 20,000 square feet of retail space, and a 130,000 square-foot Super Walmart which will include a full-service grocery store with fresh produce and general merchandise.

This deal is the largest lease signed in the District of Columbia in the past year, according to the Washington Business Journal.

“One of my top priorities as mayor is to build a pathway to the middle class,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Part of that effort is providing residents with affordable, high-quality housing. But that is only half of the equation. Residents also need jobs and retail options in their own neighborhoods. Capitol Gateway Marketplace will help make that goal a reality. I look forward to working with the development community and Ward 7 neighborhoods to ensure this project benefits D.C. residents and working-class families for generations to come.”

“My company, A&R Development, is dedicated to transforming urban landscapes like this one for the better. We commit our time and resources to large-scale projects such as Capitol Gateway with one objective in mind: to create high-quality homes and communities that better serve the people who live, work, and learn there. We are proud of our contribution, grateful for our partners, and eager for the day when this place is bustling with people on their way to and from work, dinner, the park, the metro, or the grocery store,” said Marjorie Rodgers Cheshire, A&R’s president and chief operating officer.

Capitol Gateway Marketplace, located on the 5800 and 5900 blocks of East Capitol Street, N.E., will include 312 unit mixed-use building with affordable rental units. The overall development will include studios, one-, and two-bedroom apartments.

“Once again, DCHA used a creative mix of financing from the public and private sectors, combined with Low Income Housing Tax Credits, District, and federal funds earmarked for affordable housing to bring more options and diversity to Ward 7,” said Terri Thompson.

The entire Capitol Gateway project is the result of a $30.8 million HOPE VI grant  awarded to DCHA in 2000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to redevelop East Capitol Dwellings, Capitol View Plaza, and Capitol View Plaza II. To date, a total of 379 units have been redeveloped: a 151-unit mid-rise senior building; 142 townhouse and single-family detached homeownership units; and 86 low-rise rental units. 

The mixed-use phase of development is expected to be complete in two years.

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District and development officials break ground for Capitol Gateway Marketplace.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks on affordable housing.
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Council member Yvette Alexander cheers Ward 7.
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Mayor Muriel Bowser and DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman share a high-five for a job well done.
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DCHA Executive Director Adrianne Todman said Capitol Gateway Marketplace will bring affordable homes, fresh food, and jobs to Ward 7.
Last modified: 3/24/2015 4:02:51 PM