District Picks Redbrick LMD-Gragg Cardona Team as Master Developer for Phase 1 of St. Elizabeths East Campus

In one of his final acts as mayor of Washington, D.C., Vincent Gray has selected the team of Redbrick LMD and Gragg Cardona to redevelop the first phase of the historic St. Elizabeths East Campus. The selection represents an important step forward for a project which could help transform one of the poorest sections of the nation’s capital.

In one of his final acts as mayor of Washington, D.C., Vincent Gray has selected the team of Redbrick LMD and Gragg Cardona to redevelop the first phase of the historic St. Elizabeths East Campus. The selection represents an important step forward for a project that could help transform one of the poorest sections of the nation’s capital.

In a news release, the District said the Redbrick LMD-Gragg Cardona joint venture was selected because of its experience with large-scale projects and because its plans can help fulfill the administration’s policy goals at St. Elizabeths East. The development team also includes home builder NVR; JBGR, an affiliate of The JBG Cos.; and Perkins Eastman.

“By opening the Gateway DC Pavilion and the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, we were able to reintroduce St. Elizabeths East to the community and lay the groundwork for what is possible on this historic campus,” former Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement for the press. “By selecting a master developer, we can move even closer to realizing that vision and creating an innovative space that’s unlike any other in the District of Columbia.”

Redbrick LMD and Gragg Cardona, both headquartered in the District, presented their proposal last October. It calls for the construction of 122,000 square feet of retail space, 716,000 square feet of commercial space, 425,866 square feet of innovation space, more than 1.1 million square feet of residential space and even a hotel with between 150 and 180 rooms. Twenty percent of all residential units will be affordable. The developers expect the project to create 9,000 jobs, to generate $400 million in tax revenues and to spur $700 million in private investment.

“We  want  to  create  a  diverse,  sustainable  and  complementary  neighborhood  where  residents  will  be  able  to  work,  play,  learn,  innovate  and  be  entertained  in  our  new  development,” added Louis  Dubin,  managing  partner of  Redbrick  LMD.  ”We  will  develop  over  1.6  million  square  feet  of  space  for  office,  retail,  residential,  educational  and  innovation  uses. Equally important,  some  historic  and  beautiful  space  will  be  returned,  under  this  plan,  to  its  rightful  owners  – the  citizens  of  the  District  of  Columbia.”

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