“At the Gateway Pavilion we planned an interim but a long-term use facility to spark commercial activity on the East Campus. When it opens, the project will feature lunchtime options for the Coast Guard as well as other DHS employees, retail vendors, and most importantly for the future of this city, technology offerings,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said at the Coast Guard Headquarters ribbon cutting ceremony Monday.
“The area around the Congress Heights Metro station will one day be the flagship entrance to St. Elizabeths, a place where longtime and new residents will live, work, play. And where our federal partners on the West Campus will have opportunities to maintain the important work of keeping our country safe while forging critical ties to federal contracting partners we hope to land on the east side of this campus. St. Elizabeths East is at the center of millions of dollars of public and private investment in the east end of the city over the past years, and still years to come,” Gray added.
D.C. Councilman Marion Barry hopes some of the employees who now work at the new Coast Guard building will move into the area.
“We want to invite you all…to buy a house over here. It’s really nice. We have good police protection, and not only are we safe, you feel safe over here, and we need you,” Barry said at the ribbon cutting.
Learn more about plans for the eastern portion of the campus here. Or learn more about the history of the site and the federal government’s current plans for the property here.