The Gateway Pavilion will be home to new restaurants and retail space by the end of August. This comes as construction is underway at St. Elizabeths West to build the new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.
The Coast Guard headquarters will open on the property first. District leaders are told the Coast Guard will bring 3,700 employees to work in Southeast each day.
St. Elizabeths East sits on 180 acres in Southeast Washington. Residents in Ward 8 have been pushing for redevelopment for years.
District leaders plan to spend $2.5 billion over the next year to restore current building, and the possibility to add additional structures.
The long-term plan is not only to provide retail for residents, but also to attract technology firms and colleges around the world who would like to open D.C. branches.