The highly anticipated redevelopment of Catholic University South Campus will officially begin this Wednesday, November 9th at 10 AM (at Michigan Avenue and 7th Street NE and steps from EYA’s Chancellor’s Row new townhomes).
Mayor Vincent Gray, Jim Abdo, Tom Bozzuto, Pritzker Realty Group and The Catholic University of America President John Garvey will gather for a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the $200 million redevelopment, which is comprised of five city blocks directly adjacent to the Brookland Metro station. The designers of the development have penned the name “Monroe Street Market” for the project.
What was once a collection of empty lots and aging dormitory buildings will soon be a vibrant, mixed-use community including 718 residential units, 45 townhomes, 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, 15,000 square feet of artist studio space, a 3,000 square-foot community arts center, and 850 parking spaces.
It is an important contribution to the neighborhood, which lacks a healthy stock of housing for the nearby Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National Medical Center. The transit-oriented location, mix of uses, arts space and walkable design are a big win for smart growth proponents in the District. It’s also pretty exciting for Chancellor’s Row residents, who are just steps away.