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GSA Announces Finalists for SEFC

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio), and General Services Administration and city officials were on hand to speak at the Southeast Federal Center Friday when Donald Williams, GSA’s regional administrator for the National Capital Region, announced a short list of private developers in line to develop 44 acres of the SEFC site, adjacent to the Navy Yard.

Five companies will move on to the second phase of the selection process. These included Banneker Development Partners, LLC of Chicago, Ill.; Capitol Harbor, LLC of Silver Spring, Md., Charles E. Smith Real Estate Services, LP of Arlington, Va.; and the District’s own Southeast Riverfront LLC.

The developers — who will now submit a proposal for a mixed-use development of the site — were selected after a 10-month nationwide search by the GSA.

The remaining 11 acres of the 55-acre site are being used for the Department of Transportation’s new headquarters.

SW Waterfront Draft Plan Finalized

The District’s Office of Planning and the National Capital Revitalization Corporation last week released the final draft plan for the redevelopment of 50 waterfront acres in Southwest Washington.

Improvements include the construction of 14 acres of waterfront parks, promenades and plazas, more than 800 new housing units, 200,000 square feet of cultural and nonprofit space, 300,000 square feet of commercial space and 2,000 parking spaces.

The redevelopment project is expected to improve the area’s economic outlook, bringing an estimated 3,000 construction jobs, 1,500 permanent jobs and $9 million in annual tax revenue.

The plan is part of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative. A public hearing on the draft is slated for March 12. It can be viewed at or

— Bree Hocking

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