McLean, VA – July 18, 2019 Today, Rappaport, WC Smith and the rest of the Skyland development team celebrated the Skyland Town Center’s topping out for Phase I alongside D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, community members, and construction workers. This commemorative event signified the 18-acre mixed-use development attained its ultimate construction height. Held at the future site of Skyland Town Center, the occasion included remarks by Mayor Bowser, Rappaport’s President, Henry Fonvielle, WC Smith’s Chief Executive Officer, Chris Smith, among others and finished with a signing of the wooden truss by the mayor and community members.
“We are excited to celebrate this significant moment for such an important project to Washington, D.C. and the immediate neighborhood. Today’s celebration not only marks the completion of Phase I’s maximum height, but it also recognizes the dedicated community of men and women who helped accomplish this feat to make Skyland Town Center a reality. Soon, Washingtonians will be able to experience the much-anticipated Skyland Town Center vision in real life,” said Fonvielle.
In May of this year, Arlington-based supermarket chain, Lidl US, announced their first District location in Skyland Town Center, occupying 29,089 square feet upon completion of the project. The store will be the first internationally recognized full-service supermarket to enter Wards 7 and 8 since 2007.
“It hasn’t been easy, but we have been steadfast in our determination to arriving at this day where buildings are rising at Skyland Town Center,” said Mayor Bowser. “Skyland Town Center is the culmination of our efforts to deliver job opportunities, quality housing, retail and a much-needed grocery store to the area. This development will have a real impact as we work to spread prosperity to every corner of the District.”
Rappaport and WC Smith, who lead the retail and residential leasing and strategy respectively, partnered with the Government of the District of Columbia as well as other entities such as the Washington East Foundation, Marshall Heights Community Development Organization, and Skyland DC to redevelop Skyland Town Center over the last 15 years.
“We’re very excited that Mayor Bowser has joined us to mark this important milestone for Skyland Town Center,” said WC Smith Chief Executive Officer, Chris Smith. “The fact that we’re here today is testament to the dedication and commitment that the city, from the Mayor to community leaders, has provided to this project, and we thank all involved for that.”
Skyland Town Center’s first phase of 84,500 square feet of retail also includes CVS Pharmacy, which has been operating in a temporary trailer during construction, and 263 apartments to open in the fourth quarter of 2020, including 79 affordable units. Upon completion, Skyland Town Center will have up to 156,000 square feet of retail and 450 to 500 residential apartments in a vibrant town square setting. Deemed the largest retail development in Southeast Washington, D.C., Skyland Town Center will provide services and amenities to an underserved market east of the Anacostia River.