Phase II of transformative development project featuring Walmart and affordable housing is underway
Launching Phase II of a transformative $220 million mixed-used, transit-oriented development project in Northeast Washington, D.C., Baltimore-based A&R Development, the D.C. Housing Authority and Walmart broke ground March 24, 2015 for what will become a Walmart Supercenter and a 312-unit apartment building.
Phase I of the project, now complete, is comprised of 380 apartments and townhomes. In Phase II, A&R will deliver a mixed-use town center that includes a LEED-certified apartment building above 20,000 square feet of retail space and a Walmart Supercenter, offering fresh groceries, a pharmacy and an assortment of retail goods.
Prior to the redevelopment initiative near East Capitol and 58th streets, area residents had few, if any, options for food shopping and other types of retail. In partnership with the D.C. Housing Authority, A&R is transforming the so-called food and retail desert by developing a new 40-acre community — Capitol Gateway — that includes affordable for-purchase and for-rent housing, a grocery market, retail space and open green space, as well as easy access to the metro station and East Capitol Street, a gateway thoroughfare for the city.
“One of my top priorities as mayor is to build a pathway to the middle class,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said. “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.”
“This is a great day not only from Ward 7, but for the entire City of Washington. We are turning this area into one of our city’s premier neighborhoods, one where residents and visitors alike can work, shop, play, make convenient use of mass transit, and enjoy safe streets and high-quality homes. I’ve participated in countless community meetings regarding this effort, and I can tell you that everyone is excited about the future here,” D.C. Councilmember Yvette Alexander said.
“This project required tremendous dedication, unrelenting perseverance and strategic innovation from everyone involved. Through collaboration and commitment, we will soon deliver a community that serves our residents’ needs for housing, retail and food shopping, and jobs. I want to thank all of our partners, including the residents who played an integral role, and my staff for making this possible,” said Adrianne Todman, executive director of the D.C. Housing Authority.
“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.
“A new Walmart Supercenter at the Capitol Gateway Marketplace will not only serve as a retail anchor in the area and provide fresh groceries to residents, but will also create 300 jobs, provide opportunities for local contractors and vendors, and encourage investment by other businesses and retailers in this neighborhood,” said Nina Albert, Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart. “We are very appreciative to business and community leaders in Ward 7 for welcoming us and look forward to helping our new neighbors save money and live better.”
“To have a hand in bringing this transformative and anticipated community space to fruition is truly a proud moment for Clark Builders Group. Our team is looking forward to delivering Capitol Gateway Marketplace which will be a cornerstone for this community,” said Keith Anderson, President of Clark Builder’s Group.
Source: A&R Development