Get our free newsletter

This image comes from the St. Elizabeths East Redevelopment Framework Plan. The vertical road is Martin Luther King Boulevard.

I’ve been meaning to do this since the new plans for the east campus of St. Elizabeths were unveiled last week.

The District’s plan includes the demarcation of five different “neighborhoods” within the 173-acre—-173 acres!—-campus. It also “calls for opening up the East Campus to connect with existing neighborhoods and to provide improved open spaces [for] a mix of housing, retail and office space,” according to the press release.

I was curious about what exactly is planned for these areas, so I hunted down the information (major cut and paste action) in the 74 page proposal. Here’s the scoop:

Red-North Campus: Commercial Office, Government Office (federal and municipal), Neighborhood Retail, Hotel/Conference, Residential; “Preservation and reuse of the barns, cottages and adjacent green for special uses is preferred.”

Purple-Maple Quad: Institutional, Educational, Community Amenities, Neighborhood Retail, Other adaptive reuses that is appropriate for the character of the existing historic buildings; “New development along Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. should feature pedestrian-oriented ground floor uses to activate the street.”

Orange-Town Square: Neighborhood Retail, Community Amenities; “Additional civic uses may include a community center, child care, health clinic, etc.

Brown-CT Village: Residential, Other adaptive reuses that are appropriate for the character of the existing historic buildings; “New development will blend seamlessly into the old and the scale of development will be sensitive to the low scale residential area to the south of the campus.”

Yellow-Transit Village: Residential, Commercial Office, Government Office (municipal), Neighborhood Retail, Community Amenities; “This new neighborhood will incorporate Transit Oriented Design principles by providing a mix of land uses at the Congress Heights Metro Station.”

Note: the blue buildings are designated “existing and new government uses.”