June 15, 2020 - "OUR VOICES HAVE BEEN SILENCED" Community leaders fight plan for new halfway house in Ward 7. A halfway house to replace Hope Village is set to open Oct. 1 despite a community protest. WUSA 9, By Delia Goncalves. Nearly 2,000 people have signed a Change.Org petition against the plan by CORE DC to move to the old site of DC Eagle nightclub on Benning Road, NE (3701 Benning Road, NE). But according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, CORE DC was granted a contract earlier this month. It replaces Hope Village, D.C.'s only halfway home for men -- and the country's largest -- which was in Ward 8 for 42 years. Hope Village shut down in April amidst concerns of resident safety during the pandemic. More than a hundred men were released to home confinement and 31 were bused to another halfway home in Baltimore.
June 18, 2020 - "D.C. Agency Move Seen As 'Tipping Point' For Ward 7's Development Washington DC Neighborhood," by Jon Banister, Bisnow, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced May 28 that her administration plans to move the 700-person Department of General Services agency from U Street NW to anchor a new development near the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Benning Road NE.
June 24, 2020 - "WARD 7 OFFICIALS ENCOURGAGES DISCOURSE ON HALFWAY HOUSE," by Sam P. K. Collins, Washington Informer. Two weeks ago, not long after the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOE) awarded a five-year, $60 million contract to CORE DC LLC — a provider of services for individuals and families — ANC Commission Chair Tyrell M. Holcomb and the other commissioners of ANC 7F released a statement in opposition to the move, saying that it threatened the possibility of economic viability along Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue. Their sentiments echoed that of Ward 7 Council member Vincent C. Gray, who reportedly described the FBOE contract as another instance of federal encroachment on local matters.
July 10, 2020 - "DC Entrepreneur Receives $150K Grant to Bring Food Hall to DC," by watchmyblack. The big winner is Mary Blackford, a DC native and resident. She is the founder of Market 7, that has a mission of "revitalizing and restoring the economic stability, holistic health, and the social needs of the residents in Ward 7 by developing sustainable commerce within the community." The ground for Market 7 was broken in December of 2019 at 3451 Benning Rd. NE. Market 7 is set to open in 2021.
July 23, 2020 - Pennsylvania Avenue East Community Coalition (PAECC) Press Release - DC COUNCIL APPROVES $200,000 FOR A PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE EAST MAIN STREET PROGRAM AND $250,000 TO UPDATE THE SMALL AREA PLAN FOR PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE EAST (Penn Ave East)
July 25, 2020 - New Hospital At St. Elizabeths Site and Other Ward 7 Budget Wins! - Vincent Gray, Ward 7 Councilmember announces that the DC Council has unanimously voted to approve the “New Hospital at St. Elizabeths Amendment Act of 2020,” thereby officially approving the construction and operations agreement for a state-of-the-art, 136-bed community hospital that will catalyze a comprehensive health care system for Wards 7 and 8 for the first time ever! This new hospital will serve as the catalyst for an interconnected health care system of emergency care, urgent care, specialty care, ambulatory care, primary care, medical offices, independent physicians, and dentists for the 150,000 residents that live east of the Anacostia River and who have never had a real health care system.
July 30, 2020 - Joy Evans TR Community Center Renovations- Project Description: Renovation and repurposing of the Joy Evans Therapeutic Recreation Center located in Ward 7, 3030 G Street, SE. This includes renovations of the therapeutic pool, locker room, activity / therapy spaces, kitchen, bathrooms, lobby / meeting areas, in order to accommodate the heavy use load on the building. Also included are renovations to the adjacent campus for outdoor sports and activities. The idea is to turn this building / area into the premier therapeutic center in the District. Construction is scheduled for completion in October 2022. The project is currently in the schematic design phase and will be discussed at the next community meeting scheduled for October 2020.
August 4, 2020 - "Minnesota Avenue Site To Hit The Market With 250K SF Of Development Potential In An Opportunity Zone," By Jon Banister, Bisnow Washington, DC. Investor interest has surged in the area around the Minnesota Avenue Metro station, where D.C. is relocating a 700-person agency, and the owner of an apartment property with significant development potential is now looking to sell. Courtesy of Greysteel The apartment property at 4069-4089 Minnesota Ave. NE Greysteel is preparing to bring to market the 83-unit apartment complex at 4069-4089 Minnesota Ave. NE on behalf of the owner, a group of private investors operating under 4069 Minnesota Ave. NE LLC. The property sits one block from the Metro station and one block from the Minnesota Avenue-Benning Road intersection, which some developers have begun calling "downtown Ward 7."
August 14, 2020 - "Capital One To Bring Café Concept To Anacostia," Bisnow, by Jon Banister. The Menkiti Group announced Thursday it signed Capital One Café for a 3,700 SF lease at MLK Gateway, its under-construction project at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE and Good Hope Road. The Capital One Café locations feature a full-service coffee and tea bar, free WiFi, workspaces, meeting rooms, ATMs and financial professionals on hand to offer banking services to customers. The Anacostia location plans to offer free meeting space for neighborhood associations, nonprofits and students.
September 1, 2020 - "Developer Lands Financing For Senior Affordable Project In Ward 7, Plans To Break Ground This Month," by Jon Banister, Bisnow Washington, D.C. The project, first proposed in April 2019, will be built on a vacant lot at the intersection of Kenilworth Avenue NE and Eastern Avenue. The site is roughly a half-mile from the Deanwood Metro station, and it is the latest in a series of projects to move forward in the neighborhood.
September 25, 2020 - "We Decided To Build Our Own: Ward 7’s Soufside Market Is Creating Opportunities For Black-Owned Businesses," DCist by Aja Beckham. Malik Sneed has lived in Ward 7 all his life, but says he’s never seen a market in the ward or in the region specifically for Black-owned businesses. He says that some markets and stores are not welcoming of Black businesses, which is why he decided to create Soufside Market. “Instead of begging for a seat at the table, we decided to build our own,” says Sneed, 25. Every Saturday since its August 1 launch date, Soufside Market welcomes Black D.C.-area businesses to Ward 7’s Dupont Park to sell products and build a new customer base. Organizers vet about 100 vendor applications each week and select 15 new businesses to feature their products at the market. Location 2510 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020.
September 29, 2020 - "The 3,000 Units Next Up for Ward 7," Urban Turf by Nena Perry-Brown. Although many projects are beset by financing- or procedure-related delays, there is a lot of residential development in the works in the Deanwood, Lincoln Heights and Kenilworth neighborhoods, particularly due to replacement of older public housing units leading to phased mixed-use, mixed-income development.