By Michelle Goldchain
D.C. isn’t the same city as it was 10 years ago, and it won’t be the same in the coming years either.
Along with the rest of the nation, the District has made and continues to make substantial changes to its cityscape. WTOP has compiled this list of 10 massive or otherwise notable projects that will have a major impact on the city and those who live and work here.
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The deets: The D.C. government is currently in the process of revitalizing the long-abandoned, 346-acre St. Elizabeth’s hospital campus in Ward 8. And there’s a lot to anticipate.
In July 2022, ground was broken on a 22,000-square-foot community-led “interim” retail space near the new Entertainment and Sports Arena (ESA): Sycamore & Oak. Eight Ward 8-based businesses — including restaurants, retail outlets and artistic spaces — will be housed there.
Since the ESA opened in September 2018, it has served as the new home of the Washington Mystics, the Washington Wizards’ practice facility and other sports and entertainment programming.
The apartment community on the campus, called the Residences at St. Elizabeths East, also completed in 2019 with 252 units, 202 of which are affordable. Amenities include a fitness center, clubroom, secured parking and community areas like a playground and outdoor grilling area.
When it comes to what to expect in the future, Washington Business Journal reported that Whitman-Walker will establish a 116,000-square-foot health center on the southern edge of the campus, with an estimated completion in 2023. The building will house a pharmacy on the ground floor. The developer behind this project is Redbrick.
In December 2022, Washington Business Journal also reported that Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development selected a development team led by The Menkiti Group to construct a headquarters office of 200,000 square feet to 225,000 square feet for District’s Department of Behavioral Health, 277 multifamily units affordable at 30% to 80% of area median income, 18 for-sale townhomes, 30,000 square feet of retail and a 90,000 square feet of community space, which will replace the RISE Center.