Mayor Bowser Signs Administration’s First Agreement for Major Development Project
(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner, signed her first Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for a roughly 2 acre parcel of the Hill East District Development, a 67-acre site located between the eastern edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and the western shore of the Anacostia River.
“This is a great day for a community that began planning Hill East’s revitalization nearly 12 years ago,” said Mayor Bowser. “The signing of this agreement will advance this catalytic project and transform an historic neighborhood, bringing more affordable housing to residents in the District of Columbia.”
The LDA for the sale of the Hill East District Development was a joint venture between Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Construction. This is a significant milestone for a project that will include 354 housing units (106 will be affordable), up to 40,000 square feet of retail and create a combined 120 construction and permanent job opportunities for District residents. A public village square and green space adjacent to the Stadium-Armory Metro Station is also planned.
The LDA now paves the way for construction to begin next year, with a completion date scheduled for 2018. Once fully built, this new waterfront community will connect the surrounding Hill East neighborhood - home to nearly 14,000 residents - to the Anacostia waterfront via tree-lined public streets, recreational trails, and accessible waterfront parklands.
Today’s LDA signing is another signal of the Bowser Administration’s commitment to affordable housing in the District of Columbia. Mayor Bowser has already pledged to make affordable housing a key priority of this administration, and has allocated $100 million a year to affordable housing efforts.