Southeastern DC Gets Business Boost With New Mixed-Use Development
A new mixed-use development has opened at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE and Good Hope Road in Anacostia, and the city is hoping it will become a gateway for business opportunities and job growth.
A new mixed-use development has opened at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road in southeast DC, and the city is hoping it will become a gateway for business and business opportunities. job growth.
The three-story complex in Anacostia is anchored by Enlightened Inc., a black-owned cybersecurity company that moved from Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW to be part of this project.
Antwanye Ford, President and CEO of Enlightened Inc., spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony Monday. He said the company was able to create 35 new jobs with the move, including 25 hired in Ward 8.
âOne of the things that is important to me is being able to offer this opportunity to the people of Anacostia,â said Ford. âTo be able to be an example of what is possible.
Other tenants include a soon-to-open restaurant and a Capitol One CafÃ© branch – a full-service coffee bar where you can also do your banking.
Construction has begun on a larger complex across the street at 1909 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, which will house the headquarters of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development.
The two complexes are part of a development project called MLK Gateway, a public-private partnership between the city and black-owned real estate company Menkiti Group.
Menkiti Group CEO Bo Menkiti said the project was driven by the wishes of residents of Anacostia.
âThis project started with a vision for this community,â Menkiti said. âA vision that we have heard loud and clear over the two years of engaging and listening to community organizations, residents and local business owners.
At MLK Gateway, we work with partners and leaders who know DC and who know Ward 8. And, together, we get results: jobs, opportunities, a new restaurant, and more. I couldn’t be more proud of how this plan has come together. pic.twitter.com/gnW9eMkOS3
– Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) November 15, 2021
Mayor Muriel Bowser called the pipeline project new jobs.
âWe’re highlighting a model that I really like,â Bowser said. “Take what works in the Northwest and bring it to other parts of town.”
Phase two of the project will also house a new office for Keller Williams Capital Properties, which will be the neighborhood’s premier national real estate chain.
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