Development would bring new apartments, townhouses and retail to D.C.’s Anacostia

Developers say they are aiming to spur transformation in Southeast Washington with a major residential and retail project proposed for historic Anacostia.

As part of their six-block Reunion Square project, Four Points Development and Curtis Investment Group propose to begin constructing a 71-unit apartment building at 2255 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE within months, with delivery estimated in a year. The project has already received approvals, and the developers are waiting for final permits before starting.

Once that project is completed, they would start building a 130-unit apartment complex down the street, between 2001 and 2027 MLK Jr. Avenue. The developers are going before the Historic Preservation Review Board next month to seek approvals for the 130-unit project. They hope to start construction in 18 to 24 months, Stan Voudrie, principal at Four Points, said in an interview.

In addition to building 126 apartment units and six townhouses, the developers would revamp the strip of retail on the ground level. Moreover, the Anacostia Playhouse theater will get a new home on the strip. Architecture firm Marshall Moya Design created the design.

The project is across the street from the site Andy Shallal selected for his newest location of Busboys and Poets, which is expected to open at some point in 2016.