DC Mayor celebrates new grocery and retail at Walter Reed
Mayor Bowser celebrates new food and retail store at Walter Reed Market and breaks new ground in new housing
Washington, DC Mayor (STL.News) Muriel Bowser, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development, and community leaders celebrated progress at the Walter Reed Marketplace, which is will consist of a new Whole Foods Market, retail stores, condominiums, apartments and a residential coliving community. This redevelopment is the result of a successful community process led by then City Councilor Bowser and now Mayor Bowser, following the transfer of the Walter Reed campus to the district government in 2016.
“When it’s done, Walter Reed will really have it all, including retail,” said Mayor Bowser. “The Whole Foods is not just a big deal for Walter Reed, but for the entire surrounding community. What we are doing here once again proves DC’s ability to use federal lands to provide the resources and amenities our residents and communities need.
The grand opening celebrates ongoing construction at Hartley, which will be anchored by leading natural and organic grocer Whole Foods Market. In 2019, the mayor announced that Whole Foods Market would be the main retail tenant after meeting with executives at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX. The Hartley will include residential units that will span 90,000 square feet of dining, shopping and entertainment. Today’s ceremony also marks the start of construction on two new residential buildings, the Kite House and 1155 Dahlia Street. Kite House, the second condominium in the development, and 1155 Dahlia Street, The Parks’ first co-location residential development, flank a spacious plaza overlooking Georgia Avenue that will welcome the community to the market.
“Today I am celebrating the grand opening of Walter Reed Market, which will bring 500 much needed homes and a grocery store to the community,” said MP Eleanor Holmes Norton. “I have prioritized the transfer of federal lands to control of DC, including the site of the former Walter Reed Federal Hospital, which was transferred to DC in 2016. I very much appreciate Mayor Bowser’s efforts to increase the availability of housing in the district. Plus, at a time when the District is growing at a rapid pace, Whole Foods, the first Walter Reed campus retailer, is a signal that businesses understand that it’s good business to give the community what it has. need and what she wants.
The Hartley, the centerpiece of the vibrant Walter Reed Marketplace, will feature 323 rental units, including 32 affordable units, in addition to the Whole Foods Market and other retail amenities. Located on one acre at The Parks, Kite House will offer one, two and three bedroom homes. Upon completion, expected in early 2023, the property will include 109 units for sale, including nine affordable units, and 11,000 square feet of commendable retail. The cohabitation residences at 1155 Dahlia Street, slated for completion in 2023, will include 60 units designed to help diversify and expand the housing available in Ward 4 and provide more residential options for residents of the district. The property has 248 fully furnished bedrooms, 38 of which have been designated as affordable. It will feature two, three, four and five bedroom units, with a full-service gym, club room, coworking space, and two outdoor decks.
“Today is a special day for the redevelopment of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Historic Site District in Ward 4,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio. “This catalytic project highlights how the district government can use federal lands for productive purposes. It’s also gratifying to provide this combination of retail and quality housing, which will help us meet Mayor Bowser’s bold goal of delivering 36,000 new units, including 12,000 affordable, by 2025.
This development represents a significant milestone in the Bowser’s administration’s redevelopment of the former 66-acre Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus in northwest Washington. The District and its partners organized over 100 public meetings throughout the planning process, which began in 2009; a good example of what can be accomplished when residents have a say in shaping the future of their neighborhoods. To meet the local and federal requirements necessary to acquire the Walter Reed site, the district underwent an extensive planning process, grounded in community engagement and resulting in the development of two council-approved plans.
“We are excited to introduce additional housing and retail businesses to this vibrant and growing community. Along with Hartley, Kite House and 1155 Dahlia Street will form the active hub of this mixed-use destination project – the Parks Marketplace, ”said Katie Wiacek, Managing Director of Hines, which is developing The Parks at Walter Reed with a joint venture. Urban Atlantic and Triden Development Group partners.
Today’s ceremony follows a previous activity at the Walter Reed campus run by the Bowser administration. In 2016, Mayor Bowser announced that the district and the U.S. military entered into a licensing agreement that expedited construction of the District of Columbia International School (DCI) on campus, ensuring 800 students have access to an installation by the 2017 school year. The following year DCI became the first public building to open in Walter Reed’s parks. In 2018, Mayor Bowser opened the all-new Engine Company 22, which now houses Engine 22, Truck 11, and Ambulance 22. In 2019, Mayor Bowser made veterans the first residents to move into campus. Walter Reed reinvented with the opening of HELP USA Veterans Housing, which provided 77 units of permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans. In 2020, the campus delivered 80 affordable senior housing units in the Abrams Hall Senior Apartments. This year, The Brooks and The Vale opened, offering 89 condominiums, including eight affordable units, and 301 apartments, including 30 affordable units.
At the start of her second term, Mayor Bowser set a bold goal of providing 36,000 additional housing units – including at least 12,000 affordable housing units – by 2025. By distributing these goals more evenly across ten planning zones in the district, Mayor Bowser makes DC the first jurisdiction in the country to create affordable housing goals by neighborhood. With 16,550 new housing units delivered since January 2019, the District has reached 46% of this objective. During the same period, 3,758 affordable housing units were also delivered, representing a 31% progression towards the affordable housing goal. You can follow the district’s progress towards # 36000by2025 at open.dc.gov/36000by2025.