FROM ITS ROLE AS A CRITICAL CHAPTER in the District’s past, Deanwood is prepared to become one of its future storytellers. Historically an entertainment hub for African-American neighborhoods, this community is highly regarded for its collection of homes designed by Black architects H.D. Woodson and Lewis Giles, Sr. This year, more than 240 new residential units are expected to deliver in Deanwood, as well as new retail, office and civic spaces.

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Neighborhood Features

Development Pipeline

  • 86 residential units will deliver on the Strand Theatre site in 2021 and the historic theater will be transformed into the Deanwood Smokehouse (from owners of Ivy City Smokehouse)—a restaurant, music, venue, bar, and community space.
  • Providence Place will be a new 93-unit affordable housing development, located at 50th & Fitch Streets, with delivery in 2021.

Great Streets + Main Streets

Nannie Helen Burroughs and Minnesota Avenues are designated Great Streets corridors whose small businesses may apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs. In 2020, commercial corridors received awards of up to $50,000 each. Deanwood Heights Main Street also offers business support and other community-based economic development initiatives.

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4,343 Total Area Employment

  • Health Care & Social Assistance: 27%
  • Public Administration: 16%
  • Educational Services: 14%
  • Professional Services: 7%

Creative Community

  • The annual Art All Night Festival, hosted by Deanwood Heights and Minnesota Avenue Main Streets in collaboration with community partners, highlights artists, makers, and entertainers who live and work east of the Anacostia River.
  • The District Office of Planning awarded a 2020 Creative Placemaking Grant for the installation of new murals on Burroughs Avenue and Sheriff Road NE as part of an effort by Creative JunkFood, the Ward 7 Business Partnership, and the National Building Museum.