Clark Builders Group, A&R Development and D.C. Housing Authority break ground on $120m project
WASHINGTON, DC — Clark Builders Group (CBG), in partnership with A&R Development, the D.C. Housing Authority, and Walmart, broke ceremonial ground for a transformative $120 million project designed to revitalize the urban landscape and bring transit-oriented living to Northeast Washington, DC near the Capitol Heights Metro Station. Capitol Gateway Marketplace will bring 312 LEED certified affordable housing units, 20,000 s/f of neighborhood-serving retail, and the District’s first Walmart Supercenter to the East Capitol community.
More than 200 people were in attendance at the community groundbreaking ceremony at 5800 East Capitol St. NE, including DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Councilwomen Yvette Alexander, who both spoke of the positive impact Capitol Gateway Marketplace will bring to the neighborhood.
“One of my top priorities as mayor is to build a pathway to the middle class,” said Bowser. “Part of that effort is providing residents with affordable, high-quality housing. But that is only half of the equation; residents also need jobs and retail options in their own neighborhoods. Capitol Gateway Marketplace will help make that goal a reality. I look forward to working with the development community and Ward 7 neighborhoods to ensure this project benefits DC residents and working-class families for generations to come.”
“This is a great day not only from Ward 7, but for the entire City of Washington,” said Alexander. “We are turning this area into one of our city’s premier neighborhoods, one where residents and visitors alike can work, shop, play, make convenient use of mass transit, and enjoy safe streets and high-quality homes. I’ve participated in countless community meetings regarding this effort, and I can tell you that everyone is excited about the future here.”
East Capitol community members currently have few options for food and retail shopping. Capitol Gateway Marketplace will transform the so-called food and retail “desert” as a new 40-acre community that includes affordable for-purchase and for-rent housing, a fully-appointed grocery market, retail and open green space, and convenient access to the Capital Heights Metro Station located less than a third of a mile away.