Today I had the chance to tour Anacostia Gateway, the future home of the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, with Mike Wallach, Vice President and COO of the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation. In a perfect world, it would have been blue skies and sunny, but with this building's views, it is hard to not be impressed, however gray the day.
The Green Roof:
for some reason I didn't take any pictures of the patio part, but this roof is accessible to all building users.
you can see Grandview Estates up on the hill
a little sedum
From the 3rd Floor:
tear me down and build something in my place
good ol' mysterious Drake's
the old Green Derby. AEDC did the exterior renovation, and is currently seeking approval to build stairs out the front door
Mike telling me about the Anacostia Square project, to be developed by AEDC and Douglas Development.
According to him, they own the entire block all the way down to the railroad tracks (except Drake's). They are currently waiting on HPRB on design issues, but it is still very much in process. Once Historic Preservation signs off on the project, then it goes into the PUD stage. (I didn't know it was a PUD until now. This is a good thing, because it means that there has to be a good amenity base in the project)
at least it can really only get better than this
Before the DDOT Building arrives:
future roundabout / traffic circle
new Elks lodge signage
...and new gate: secret entrance to the Daily Planet?
From the 2nd Floor:
Honfleur Gallery! (the blue one)
FYI, they are having a show opening this Saturday called Into the Light at 7pm. Free.
I seriously hope this won't be someone's corner office
they are still looking for a restaurant in this corner
Industrial Bank is [purportedly] headed for this spot (dang, I was really hoping for a Wachovia..)
Lobby and Exterior:
they are still deciding which work of art to display in that back frame
Conclusion: the Gateway building is very impressive, with fantastic views of Anacostia and beyond. I am confident that once those employees move in, it will definitely inspire future neighborhood investment and growth, as well as more retail in the surrounding area.