To help Washington, DC, stimulate development in its historic Congress Heights neighborhood, the city has given its convention and sports authority, Events DC, oversight of Gateway DC, a covered and open-air pavilion that will serve as a special events and cultural arts venue, it announced last week.
Located adjacent to the R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, a renovated chapel that serves as a meeting, tech, and demonstration space for the local community, Gateway DC is part of St. Elizabeth's East, a 183-acre former hospital campus that's being redeveloped in the District of Columbia's poor eighth ward, where the city also plans to build a new entertainment and sports arena. The pavilion, which is 400 feet long and totals 16,300 square feet, includes a 3,100-square-foot enclosed civic space, a 21,000-square-foot vegetated green roof, and a raised park for festivals, concerts, and outdoor events. Adjacent to it is an indoor café with a test kitchen and seating area.
"As we develop St. Elizabeth's East, we will continue to identify innovative ways to activate the campus and engage residents and visitors in this transformative project," said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner. "As our partner on this transformative project, we are confident that Events DC's expertise in attracting and executing top-notch events will have an immediate effect in Ward 8."
According to the city, putting Events DC in charge of Gateway DC creates "an opportunity to further attract, drive, and execute local DC event programming," and will generate investment in the community by facilitating visitation by local as well as visiting groups.
"Events DC is proud to add Gateway DC to its mix of not only iconic, but versatile venues across the city, which are used to deliver unforgettable event experiences," said Events DC Board Chairman Max Brown. "The addition of Gateway DC will not only act as a catalyst of growth for DC's communities east of the Anacostia River and a complement to the future entertainment and sports arena plans, but will ultimately enhance the diversity of Events DC's portfolio and provide event organizers with greater opportunities to create even more unique experiences and event programming for residents and visitors alike. As our city continues to grow and attract more world-class entertainment, the demand for multi-purpose venues and experiences across DC will also increase and it is Events DC's goal to capture these important revenue opportunities."
Gateway DC is the eighth venue in the Events DC portfolio, which includes the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and the surrounding Festival Grounds, DC Armory, Maloof Skate Park, and Nationals Park.
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