Congress Heights/Saint Elizabeths

Home to the 350-acre Saint Elizabeths East and West Campuses, a new Entertainment & Sports Arena in 2018, the new 3,700-employee U.S. Coast Guard headquarters, and by 2022 the new consolidated home for the Department of Homeland Security, Congress Heights will be an epicenter for future business opportunities.

Great Streets Retail Small Business Grants

Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue is a designated Great Streets corridor. As funds become available small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs. In 2018, up to $50,000 was awarded per location.

New Entertainment Destination

The 4,200-seat Entertainment & Sports Arena (ESA), located on the St. Elizabeths East Campus, opened in Q3 2018 and is the new home for the Washington Mystics, the practice facility for the Washington Wizards, and a versatile venue that will host concerts, festivals, and sporting events. The ESA has already hosted Mary J. Blige, mixed-martial-arts, and an e-sports competition.

5 Million SF Redevelopment at Saint Elizabeths East

  • Redbrick LMD & Gragg Cardona Partners are the master developers for Phase I and will redevelop 16 acres into 170,000 SF of office, 30,000 SF of retail, 252 apartments, and up to 100 for-sale townhomes, including live-work units.
  • Flaherty & Collins and the Anacostia Economic Development Corp. began construction on Phase 1A, the conversion of seven historic hospital buildings into 252 residential apartment units set to deliver in 2020.


  • 92,000+ residents within a 10-minute car ride
  • 17,200-19,500 average daily traffic counts (Alabama Avenue)
  • Detailed demographics

Innovation Center

Gateway DC and the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center offer flexible and innovative spaces for meetings & collaboration and provide a destination for farmers markets and other community, cultural and arts events.

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