The D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development has released the drawings for the east side of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, being built in the Congress Heights neighborhood in S.E. Washington, D.C. The west campus of the hospital is being redeveloped to house the headquarters for Homeland Security.
The east side drawing shows a $5 million “gateway pavilion” is planned for what is now a weedy, fenced-in plaza fronting Martin Luther King Avenue SE in Congress Heights.
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said the pavilion would be designed by an alliance of firms — KADCON, Davis Brody Bond and Robert Silman Associates. Gray also said that the pavilion will help provide jobs for local residents. “Those who want opportunities will have opportunities to get jobs. That’s a promise.”
Construction is expected to be completed next summer, in time to accommodate 3,700 new employees coming to work at the Coast Guard’s new facility on the west campus of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in August 2013.
The pavilion is expected to open in time to serve the 4,000 employees slated for the new Coast Guard headquarters now in the final phases of construction on the St. Elizabeth’s west campus.
In 2008 under the leadership of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, the Office of Planning (OP), in partnership with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), initiated an update to the initial Framework Plan which began in 2003.