To tap the vast knowledge, expertise, and opinions of those who have lived nearest the walls of the historic St Elizabeths East campus, the District of Columbia hosted multiple community meetings – a vital part of the participatory process that would help forge a redevelopment resource to withstand the test of time. Additional meetings and the continued solicitation of community ideas, assessments, and contributions are an ongoing and essential part of the development of the St Elizabeths East campus.
Ward 8 Community Summit
On July 9th, 2011, DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray hosted a first-of-its-kind event to engage the neighborhoods surrounding St Elizabeths East in an introduction to unprecedented change coming to their communities. Following meticulous planning and extensive public outreach, nearly 600 individuals, including community, business, and government leaders, attended the historic Ward 8 Community Summit and used state-of-the-art interactive voting technology to help shape investment priorities. In September 2011, the Mayor joined two panels of agency directors in unveiling a slate of recommendations, derived in large part from the visioning work session, to set priorities for revitalization and empowerment of people and businesses. Quarterly progress update meetings are scheduled to discuss additional developments and achievements.
In the future, the Ward 8 Summit will address concepts for ways in which Ward 8 residents can become further engaged in aspects of the St Elizabeths East project implementation, from infrastructure construction to the design and building of the Gateway Pavilion.
From the outset, the St Elizabeths East planning process prioritized public engagement and input into the decision-making process to help shape the vision for the East Campus. The community outreach and engagement strategy involved a Citizen Steering Committee comprised of local community leaders, representatives from Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs), and members of the mental health and historic preservation community. In 2008, a plan was approved and adopted by the DC Council.
Multiple objectives include:
- Direct employment opportunities in both the short and long term for District residents
- Services and amenities that will improve choices for both local residents and federal workforce
- Revitalize the historic campus by adaptively reusing buildings and creating a mixed use environment
- Expand retail and housing choices for Ward 8 residents and others
- Enhance mobility, improve aging infrastructure, and exemplify sustainability practices
Upcoming Community Events
For additional information on any community events, please contact Darnetta Tyus at Darnetta.Tyus@DC.gov or at (202) 727-6365.
St. Elizabeths East Art Working Group, Saturday, April 6, 2013 from 10am-12pm.
The St. Elizabeths East Public Art Working Group meeting is being held in the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities’ Multipurpose room @ 200 I (Eye) Street, SE.
If you plan on attending, please RSVP to DCCAH by calling @ 202-724-5613 or email: Mary Beth Brown: Marybeth.firstname.lastname@example.org. Public transportation is available via the Metro Green line at the Navy Yard stop. Take the New Jersey Avenue exit up to street level and walk along M Street towards 2nd Street, SE. Make a left onto 2nd Street and our building sits at the intersection of 2nd and I Streets. Street parking is available, but give yourself some extra time — as parking can be challenging in the Canal Park area. *You will have to have a valid ID to enter the building through security.*
Ward 8 Transportation Task Force, Tuesday, April 9th at 6 p.m.
The St. Elizabeths East team will be presenting at the upcoming Ward 8 Transportation Task Force, held at the UPO Petey Greene Center, 2907 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Congress Heights.
Ward 8 Workforce Development Council, Special Briefing on St. Elizabeths East on Monday, April 15th at 10:00 am – noon
The Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development’s St Elizabeths East team is scheduled to brief the Ward 8 Workforce Development Council on the progress that has been made on the St Elizabeths East Campus. There will be a broad discussion on how the Ward 8 Workforce Development Council can help the St. E-E team think through workforce development as it relates to this project. Please RSVP to email@example.com to attend. The meeting will be held at the DHCD Resource Center, 1800 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20020.
GSA Community Leaders Meeting, Friday, April 12th at 1 p.m.
The St. Elizabeths East team will provide a project update at the GSA Community Leaders Meeting on the St. Elizabeths West Campus located at 2701 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Building 40. For additional details please contact Carla Bynum at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congress Heights Civic Association, Monday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m.
The St. Elizabeths East team will provide a project update at the Congress Heights Civic Association, which is held at the UPO Petey Greene Center, 2907 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE, Congress Heights. The meetings are open to the public.