This morning was the grand opening of the Solomon G. Brown Corps Community Center at MLK Avenue. Although its exterior design has proved controversial in the neighborhood, it really does look great inside and seems like it should be a good addition to Anacostia.
the monstrous ... or beautiful building, depending on your perspective on those sorts of things
the front lobby - accessible from both the parking garage and MLK
The ceremony was held on the 3rd and 4th Floors in the main sanctuary / meeting room, which makes up the slanted portion of the Morris Rd / MLK facade.
looking down from the 4th floor balcony
yes, there was actually an audience. Here a member of the design team is showing off the complicated ceiling
Ahh, the penthouse. The best part. Killer views and even a "walking track". Kind of funny to imagine people just walking along this red figure eight ... but hey, go for it.
the red eight, and the cinder blocks that don't look all that great
Yep. We have good views. Come on over.
The 5th floor is dedicated to Spirit Health and Wellness, which is actually a really nice gym. Spirit will be opening on December 2, and will be open from 5AM - 10PM weekdays, with slightly adjusted weekend hours. Includes aerobics room, nice locker rooms, and an impressive array of bright clean new equipment.
tons of treadmills, elipticals, and bikes, with TVs AND inspiring views
the free weight section
So yeah. Check it out. Sometimes it's easy to complain that most of the new development here has been in the form of public-use type buildings: community centers, schools (not complaining), libraries, etc. But these are the foundational things that are starting to really bring Anacostia into the Now / Future we all want. I'll give a woot to that.