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Looks like Busboys and Poets won’t be the only new restaurant to arrive in Anacostia in the next few years.
The District has selected local developer The Menkiti Group and tech consultancy Enlightened, Inc. to redevelop two parcels at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road SE into more than 50,000 square feet of commercial space for the MLK Gateway project. One parcel is currently a vacant lot, while the other contains a vacant lot and four vacant storefronts. The team promises to deliver roughly 28,500 square feet of office space and 22,000 square feet of restaurant, grocery, and retail space. Enlightened Inc., Filter Coffee, Good Foods Market, Smith Commons, and City First Bank are set to be tenants.
The D.C. Council still must approve the disposition of the land to the developers, but the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development says it expects a groundbreaking in 2018 and completion of the project in 2020. DMPED says the development will generate over $21 million in tax revenue during its first 15 years of operation.
MLK Gateway will also include a Keller Williams realty office and an incubator run by Enlightened Inc. that will help get local community-based enterprise firms off the ground. The Keller Williams office will have a “real estate academy” that trains Ward 7 and 8 residents with the aim of preparing them to enter the profession. Overall, according to DMPED, the project is anticipated to produce more than 200 jobs.
As part of the deal, The Menkiti Group has agreed to redevelop a property it owns at 1301 Good Hope Road SE into a Retro Fitness gym and office space. The sites are located in the Anacostia Historic District so the Historic Preservation Review Board will need to green-light any designs prior to construction. The chosen pair of firms bested another team.
The lots are located at 1201-1215 Good Hope Road and 1909 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Site photos are below.