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MLK Gateway is a two-phase project that will form the gateway from downtown DC to an emerging and revitalized Anacostia. 


These two phases connect the neighborhood's two major commercial corridors, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road. This project is a partnership between The Menkiti Group and DMPED.


The second phase, which began construction in 2021, will be anchored with DC's Department of Housing and Community Development.

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The MLK Gateway Project will be a two-phased development.

The first phase will comprise 20,000 square feet of office above 14,600 square feet of community-facing retail. The second phase will comprise approximately 100,000 +/- square feet mixed-use buildings.


In 2016, Mayor Bowser issued an RFP seeking partners to redevelop what is now known as the first phase of the Project. A development team led by the Menkiti Group was selected and broke ground on the Project in December of 2019. The first phase was completed in November 2021.

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The Menkiti Group partnered with H2 Design, a black-owned CBE, on a Ward 8 renovation project featuring 100% Ward 8 subcontractors.

Located at 1916 13th St SE in the heart of historic Anacostia, this renovation project, coined the Anacostia House, is an exciting story of renewal for a dilapidated building.


As a true testament to our dedication to supporting residents and businesses in Anacostia, every sub-contractor working on this project is a Ward 8 business. Stay tuned for more details on the Anacostia House coming soon.


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What word comes to mind when you think of Anacostia? This vibrant neighborhood has many identities and we have polled people in the neighborhood as well as those working on the MLK Gateway project about what they think of when they hear “Anacostia”. Here are some of their responses, what adjective comes to mind when you think of Anacostia?

  • Authentic

  • Diverse

  • Vibrant 

  • Unique

  • Inspired 

  • Cultured

  • Creative

  • Empowered

  • Proud

  • Resilient

  • Strong

  • Together
  • Black
  • Community
  • Thriving
  • Legendary
  • Resourceful
  • Bold
  • Peaceful
  • Fresh
  • Affordable
  • Harmony
  • Prevail
  • Prosperous
  • Immortalize
  • Shining
  • Together

  • Kind

  • Historic

  • Powerful

  • Exciting

  • Loving

  • Talented

  • Distinguished

  • Determined

  • Beautiful

  • Distinct

  • Home

  • Dream

  • Magical

  • Successful

  • Execute

  • Hopeful

  • Resolve

  • Flourishing

  • Bright

  • Great

  • Spirited

  • Strength

  • Unity

  • Perfect

  • Fabulous 

MLK Gateway Phase II: Now Leasing
Office & Retail Now Available


  • Anacostia’s Most Vibrant & Revitalized Intersection

  • Located at the foot of the 11th Street Bridge and adjacent to Anacostia River Park

  • Fantastic branding opportunity at the ‘Gateway to SE’

  • Retail spaces ranging from 1,000 – 5,000 SF now available

  • Proven location:  Phase I Retailers (Capital One Café, Kitchen Savages, and AmeriHealth) now open or under construction

  • High foot-traffic area:  Office space is 98% leased = approximately 600 office workers on-site 

  • Short walk to Metro (0.6 mi)

  • Neighbors include: Enlightened, DC DHCD, Anacostia Arts Center, Busboys and Poets, DC City Smokehouse, Starbucks, Turning Natural, and the US Social Security Office

For commercial leasing
information, please contact
Mike McElaney at or call (202) 729-8158

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