DC General Meets the Wrecking Ball, Again

 Its been a long time coming, but demolition is finally underway for the beleaguered DC General Hospital.  Several of the 6 buildings that make up the hospital complex are meeting the wrecking ball this week as DC prepares for redevelopment of the entire site.  The complex, which operated as a hospital since 1846, was closed in 2001, and operated as a homeless shelter for families from 2002 until 2018, giving way to Mayor Bowser's plan to operate homeless shelters in all 8 wards.  Demolition of the structure took place in phases, beginning in the autumn of 2018, the final building is scheduled to be demolished later this year.

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In its place, the city has planned for a large, mixed-use complex dubbed Hill East, a 67-acre section of real estate bordering the Anacostia River.  While redevelopment plans go back much further, the city issued an RFEI in May of 2008 and announced finalists that November.  Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Development, the commercial real estate team that won the bidding process, broke ground on Reservation 13, the first phase of the project, in April of 2018.  The land at Reservation 13 will ultimately add nearly 400,000 s.f. of residential and retail space. GTM Architects will design the buildings, Bradley Site Design is the landscape architect.

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