D.C. Housing Authority submits plans for Ward 7 Wal-Mart project

East Capitol Dwellings, on East Capitol Street near the Maryland border, had become notorious for drugs and prostitution when the D.C. Housing Authority won a $30.8 million federal HOPE VI grant to redevelop the property into a mixed-income neighborhood in 2000. Most of the housing has since been rebuilt, but the housing authority has long promised its residents there that it would open a grocery store, in this case a Wal-Mart that would sell a wide variety of groceries. The housing authority, along with development partner A&R Cos., submitted an application to the city Tuesday for zoning changes that would allow the construction of Capitol Gateway Marketplace, a shopping center with a 130,000-square-foot Wal-Mart store, a wellness center and a sit-down restaurant on the north side of East Capitol Street.

Washington Post

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