Mayor Bowser Cuts Ribbon at Mixed-Use Development at Former Hine Junior High School
(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, Mayor Bowser cut the ribbon at the new mixed-use development at the site of the former Hine Junior High School. Located adjacent to the historic Eastern Market, the new four-building development includes: 162 housing units, with 46 affordable units and 17 dedicated for seniors; 160,000 square-feet of office space including the Yard, a new co-working space; 60,000 square-feet of retail space that includes local retailers, a preschool, and a Trader Joe’s; and an outdoor plaza.
“We are committed to delivering affordable housing, jobs, and community resources to every corner of our city, including our most historic and established neighborhoods like Eastern Market,” said Mayor Bowser. “With the Hine Project, we are building on the progress we have made and giving more residents access to a tremendous, resource-rich neighborhood.”
In addition to housing, retail, and office spaces, the Hine Project includes a number of community amenities, such as a space for an Advisory Neighborhood Commission in the 700 Penn building. The outdoor plaza, built for pedestrian and market use, reopened in November and hosts the Capitol Hill Flea Market (Saturday) and The Flea Market at Eastern Market (Sunday). Additionally, construction, led by Barracks Row Main Street, will begin soon on a community playground.
“Our teams worked together with the community and developers to ensure that we honored the historic roots of this neighborhood and provided much-needed multi-generational housing, retail and community serving amenities. The result is this great space where residents can live, work, play, shop, and gather as a community,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner.
The project, which is creating approximately 2,500 construction jobs and 700 permanent jobs, was led by the Office of Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development and developed by EastBanc and Stanton Development.
Since coming into office, the Bowser Administration has sparked the creation or preservation of more than 9,600 affordable units, with another 3,300 units in preconstruction. In Fiscal Year 2017, the District made historic investments in affordable housing, getting more than $138 million in Housing Production Trust Fund financing out the door to support 23 projects that will produce or preserve more than 1,900 affordable units. In September, the District was recognized for its multi-pronged approach to housing production and preservation, homeownership, and development of vacant properties when it was selected for the Urban Land Institute’s Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award.
The Mayor was joined at the ribbon cutting by Deputy Mayor Kenner, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen, Director of the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency Todd Lee, Co-President of Stanton Development Kenneth Golding, President of EastBanc Development Anthony Lanier, architects for the project Amy Weinstein, Gensler, and Lisa Delplace, landscape architect, Oehme van Sweden, and members of the Eastern Market community.