St. Elizabeths to get town square, affordable housing, hotel

WASHINGTON — The District has selected developer Redbrick LMD to remake a portion of the St. Elizabeths East campus into a town square destination with retail, housing and a stand-alone hotel.

The addition, at what is called Parcel 15 on Martin Luther King Drive in Southeast D.C. will be next to the new Entertainment and Sports Arena that opened last fall, and adjacent to the Congress Heights Metro.

The Redbrick team’s plan calls for a mixed-use town square with two residential buildings, an office building, hotel, ground floor retail, a pedestrian promenade and central plaza.

The residential buildings would include 228 units, almost half of which would be affordable housing.

The hotel would be the first full-service hotel east of the Anacostia River with 125 rooms.

The entire town square project would total 567,000 square feet of development when complete.

“When we cut the ribbon (at) the new Entertainment and Sports Arena last year, I said that it was just the beginning of the exciting transformation of Congress Heights,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

“Today’s announcement brings us closer to reaching yet another milestone in the redevelopment of the St. Elizabeths East Campus, but most importantly, it will deliver more jobs, more opportunity, and more amenities to the residents of Ward 8.”

Retail will total at least 35,000 square feet, but developers plan pop-up retail on parking lots during the construction phase.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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