Development Spotlight: St. Elizabeths East

St. Elizabeths is psychiatric hospital campus located in Southeast DC that has been in operation since the 1850s. It has the distinction of being the first Federally-operated psychiatric hospital in the country and at its peak housed over 8,000 patients. As patients are gradually phased out into more modern facilities, an opportunity for redevelopment exists.

The western campus has seen a resurgence is recent years after it was announced that the Department of Homeland Security would relocate there in 2007 after the construction of a $4.1 Billion headquarters. The first tenant was the United States Coast Guard, who moved in 2010.

St. Elizabeths Campus West

The eastern campus and hospital operations were transferred to the District of Columbia government in 1987. With operations winding down and a large infusion of new office space, a Request for Proposals for a Master Developer for Phase 1 the site was issued in March 2014. There were five respondents who were allowed to present at a public meeting and answer questions in September 2014. On December 29, 2014, it was announced that Redbrick LMD — Gragg Cardona was selected as the Master Developer. The transit-oriented-development will be located in proximity to the Congress Heights Metro station and development highlights will include:

  • DC Gateway Pavillon
  • An “Innovation Hub”
  • An “Education Hub”
  • Event/Demonstation Center
  • Performing Arts Amphitheater
St. Elizabeths Campus East

We look forward to following this landmark project as Phase 1 is built out over the next few years.

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