GENERAL PROJECT INFORMATION
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1909-1913 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue SE 1201-1215 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20020

Menkiti Group & Enlightened, Inc.
The revitalization of the original gateway to historic Anacostia--located at the intersection of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE is a key economic development priority for the District of Columbia.  Working together,  DMPED and DHCD sought a development partner with a proven track record to jump start the revitalization of this under performing retail corridor.

Anacostia’s proximity to the waterfront, combined with its increasingly competitive real estate market and the ongoing redevelopment of St. Elizabeth’s Campuses and Barry Farm neighborhood, have primed the Gateway to attract retailers to this emerging main street district.
The MLK/Gateway Community RFP was issued on May 31, 2016. On December 16, 2016, the District selected a proposal from the Menkiti Group and Enlightened Inc. Enlightened serves as both partner and anchor tenant. 
Council approved the surplus and disposition resolutions in December 2017. The developer completed concept design and, in cooperation with the Historic Anacostia Preservation Association, received Historic Preservation Review Board approval. 
In June 2019 the developer purchased property adjacent to the MLK property and proposed a more significant project on the larger site.  An Amended Term Sheet was approved by Council on July 9, 2019.
The disposition closed on December 4, 2019 and Phase I construction has commenced.
In July of 2020 the Department of General Services awarded the developer a 55,000 square foot office lease in Phase II of the project for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The lease has been approved by District Council and the building is currently in design.


PROJECT DETAILS
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Affordability Levels (% of Area Median Income)
142,500
0 25,900 116,600 0 45
This well-located development will maintain the historic retail storefronts along Good Hope Road at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, while building a new office building above. A second building will be built across Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The project will.consist of approximately 116,600 sf of new commercial office space and 25,900 sf of retail space. Retail tenants include Capitol One Cafe. Enlightened Inc., a CBE cybersecurity technology firm founded in the District in 1998, will move its headquarters from downtown DC to the new office building above Phase I of the project, bringing 150 jobs to Anacostia and Ward 8. The project will also include  space for Enlightened’s tech incubator. Phase II of the project will include the new 55,000 square feet for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The development is expected to bring over 200 jobs and long-awaited retail and amenities to the community.



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