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The Gateway Pavilion in Congress heights may be the hottest architectual structure of it's kind in the District. As stated on the DGS website, "The Gateway Pavilion is an innovative, flexible, and unique structure designed to serve a wide range of interim uses and allow neighborhood residents and others to experience St Elizabeths East before redevelopment is complete. It is envisioned as a destination for casual dining, as well as a venue for hosting activities such as a farmers’ market and other weekend and afterhours, community, cultural and arts events. It is meant to begin to achieve the vision of the Master Plan in the immediate future while Phase One of development is underway." 

After a series of community engagement sessions that intended to ensure the pavilion is refelctive of, useful to and beneficial to Ward 8 residents, particularly in Congress Heights, we hope to see the community reap some socio economic benefit from activity generated by the pavilion. Much of the feedback from grassroots residents and business owners was focused on economic opportunity. Some of the first activities to activate the site before building the pavilion where managed by companies who were foriegn to the community and there was concern about how impactful their community engagement was.

After an RFP was release for site management and programming, the result is the same, it's managed by an entity foreign to Ward 8. Now the challenge is for Ward 8 residents and businesses to make sure they are prepared and informed. With all the develpment slated for Ward 8, there will be a multitude of opportunities coming soon.

In communities like Ward 8 that suddenly undergo economic development after generations of blight and desenfranchisement, resident could use a little help getting prepared. We hope to see the Ward 8 community, Government project managers and private developers build meaningful relationships that result in socio economic advancement.

Time to step it up Ward 8. Time to partner up DC.

Left to Right: Tendani Mpulubusi El, Allie Byrd, and Rodney Bunn at the Ribbon Cutting.

Left: Commissioner Cuthbert claims her castle at the ribbon cutting. Right: A local band Jams at the ribbon cutting.


(summer 2013) Tendani Mpulubusi El and Luis Peralta install and produce the first temporary art at the pavilion site.

They are painting their vision of the future use of St. Elizabeths East campus.







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