Capital City Market Development
Excited about the future
Gallaudet University is excited about the future of the Capital City Market site. As an institution of higher learning that has resided in the area since 1857 and houses several historical landmarks, Gallaudet considers the development of the area an opportunity to enrich the neighborhood's social, cultural and economic fabric.
The University realizes the tremendous potential that the Capital City Market has to become an attractive location for residents and visitors to gather, shop, and dine. Given planned development in the surrounding locations, the Metro stop to the southwest, the presence of Gallaudet University, the baseball field and the school to the east, we believe there is a viable market that can be served.
We believe that the market's character can reflect the wonderful cultural variety that exists within the area. The area is predominantly African American. The market has what is considered to be the finest African food market in Washington, DC. There is a large group of Korean and Chinese property owners and merchants in the area. Right next door is the only institution of higher education in the world that exists primarily to educate deaf people and has the highest concentration of deaf people in a single location anywhere. There is an opportunity to demonstrate this diversity in a variety of ways in public areas.
What is the Capital City Market area?
The Capital City Market area is situated in the Near Northeast/Trinidad area of Washington, D.C. It is approximately 25 acres in size and is comprised mainly of warehouses and retail stores. While there is no standard boundary to define the area it is generally viewed as abutting Sixth Street on the east, Florida Avenue in the south, New York Avenue and the railroad tracks on the west, and Penn Street on the north. This area has generated considerable interest and activity among D.C. government officials and real estate developers in the past year.
What property does Gallaudet own in the Capital City Market area?
Gallaudet owns two parcels of property in the Capital City Market area. One parcel is on Sixth Street and is used for overflow parking during the week and serves as a flea market for the neighborhood on weekends. The other parcel is on the corner of Sixth and Penn Streets. These two parcels total approximately 3.9 acres.
Future Development Plans
Does Gallaudet support future development in the Capital City Market area?
Gallaudet believes that if the Capital City Market is properly developed, it will have a positive social and economic impact in the surrounding neighborhood as well as Washington, DC. We believe that a transparent and open planning process that involves community members and includes quality research on residential and economic factors will lead to successful planning.
In what ways will Gallaudet contribute to the Capital City Market area if it is developed?
Gallaudet University has approximately 2,000 students and 1,000 employees across the street from the market. Many of them are excited about the prospect of being able to patronize the market area if given the opportunity. Gallaudet also houses the Kellogg Conference Hotel which hosted 436 events in 2006 and served over 40,000 visitors.
What are Gallaudet's plans for their property?
Gallaudet believes the Capital City Market area development provides an opportunity to expand the bond between the neighborhood and the university. The Capital City Market area development will allow for greater interaction between the university and neighborhood community in ways that will be socially, culturally and economically beneficial for all parties concerned.
In November 2007 Gallaudet began an inclusive planning process to explore the many possible ways the university could develop its 6th Street property to realize this vision.
University representatives have been meeting with key stakeholders, both on and off campus, to better understand how redevelopment of the Capital City Market could benefit businesses along 6th Street, the local community, and the university. As a means to guide these discussions and stimulate creative thinking about the development potential of Gallaudet's property, the university has generated four "illustrative development scenarios" each representing different land uses, densities and character for the 6th Street area. These scenarios do not represent the university's intentions but rather are intended to facilitate the first step in a long and dynamic planning process that has just begun.