The Re-purposing of Walter Reed is finally here

On Wednesday evening September 28, representatives of GABIDDC attended the Walter Reed Announcement event at The Parks at Walter Reed. During that event Mayor Bowser’s administration announced the “re-purposing of the Walter Reed Site.” They announced a number of disposition items about Walter Reed Campus. The Georgia Avenue Community got much of what they wanted, though there probably won’t be a Wegman’s there.

D.C. International,
Washington Yu Ying,
Latin American Montessori Bilingual charter school,
Howard University ambulatory specialty care,
The Parks at Walter Reed
Low Income Housing:
So Others Might East and H.E.L.P. Development Corp.
The Parks at Walter Reed,
2,000 residential units,
250,000 square feet of retail,
a Hyatt hotel and conference center,
20 acres of green space,
and an “Innovation Core” anchored by George Washington University’s medical research department, bioscience and pharmaceutical companies, and a branch of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


“Understanding your role as a community for applications of inclusive development”


As members of the business community and residents served on Georgia Avenue we feel that the re-purposing of the Walter Reed site be something inclusive of all stakeholders in our community. It is imperative that economic progress be steeped in the sustainability of existing businesses and the existing housing stock of apartments.

These capabilities need to be maintained for the existing population to preserve the benefits of their continued presence. The benefits of community are preserved when no one is harmed by development; tranquility, culture, creativity and liveliness are features of vital communities. Gentrification can kill this.

Inclusive Development

One of the Purposes of GABIDDC is to ensure that the development of the Walter Reed site needs to be done in such a way that it’s changes are salutary and contribute to both neighborhood and economic improvement without harming the neighbors. The goal should be business improvement that creates room for new business while enhancing the survivability of existing businesses. As new construction projects bring new businesses and residents to the community, the existing people have rights that should be preserved to have the opportunity to benefit as well.

Kudos to Brandon Todd

Our City Council member Brandon Todd has delivered a great effort to sustain the existing community even as a new entities about to break ground. We applauded the efforts of the Developer to include inclusive development applications in the delivers services and systems to be established at Walter Reed.

We need your help

For the existing business community to achieve the economic levels of business survive-ability, prior to the closing of Walter Reed, we need your help. The Georgia Avenue Business Improvement District Development Corporation, would like to ask members of our local business community to define how we can help you and to render your support to our efforts. We’d like to know what your business can bring to the table.

Please contact us for advice and assistance with dealing with the DC Government, advertising, access to environmental testing, and marketing services and to share news on community developments and to coordinate with us on workforce, business and community issues. We can work together to deliver what your business provides for the community. If interested in helping with our efforts please fill out the following form or click on the contact us link

Further reading:

Business Opportunities at Walter Reed Event 9/28/2016

Come Learn about Upcoming Business Opportunities at The Parks at Walter Reed

Come Learn about Upcoming Business Opportunities at The Parks at Walter Reed
Come Learn about Upcoming Business Opportunities at The Parks at Walter Reed

Ward 4 Small Business Outreach event this Wednesday 9/28/2016 at Emory Recreation Center

Emory Recreation Center
5701 Georgia Avenue, NW
Light refreshments will be served.
Hosted by:
Brandon Todd, Ward 4 Councilmember
Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development
Department of Small and Local Business Development
Hines Urban Atlantic and Trident and Trident Development Group
Message from:
Caroline Kennedy
The Parks at Walter Reed Master Developer LLC c/o Hines, 800 10th Street NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC
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44th ANNUAL SCHOOL FAIR, October 9th 2016

News Release from Black Student Fund (BSF)

gabiddcbsf From: 3636 16th Street NW, 4th Floor • Washington, DC 20010 • (202) 387-1414 • Joel S. Kanter, Chair Leroy Nesbitt, Executive Director

We at GABIDDC are proud to announce:



The Black Student Fund (BSF) and the Latino Student Fund (LSF), two DC area nonprofit organizations that recruit, refer and assist children in grades Pre-kindergarten through twelve. BSF and LSF particularly seek families from low to modest income households to attend and graduate from independent schools in the Metropolitan area. and


The BSF and the LSF will present the 44th Annual School Fair on October 9, 2016. It offers families of students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 12 the opportunity to learn about independent school admissions, financial aid, testing and curriculum. More than 60 schools from the greater Washington DC metropolitan area, and 20 National boarding schools will send school representatives to answer questions. Attendance is estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 people. Fair will also include workshops, entertainment, screening of the movie American Promise and a Video Game Development workshop.

Sunday, October 9, 2016
2:00 pm – 5:00pm
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Washington, DC 20020

THE EVENT IS FREE, AND OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC – For additional information, please feel free to contact the Black Student Fund . Event registration at

Media Contact: Walter Allen
Tele: (202) 387-1414 / Fax (202) 387-6237

Call or click on this URL:
Or fill out and submit the following Form:

Clicking submit will take you to a registration page

ART ALL NIGHT Event September 24th/25th

Summer Nights are Gone – Enjoy our Community Art All Night Event!

Musical Event will be on:

September 24th 7PM-3AM and 25th 3PM-10PM

Enjoy! Music and performances!

At the Cornerstone Lot 631 T Street NW!

We will be celebrating the Grand Opening of the National Museum of African History and the End of Summer!

  • Music, Groups, Food!
  • James Brown Experience, Aztec Sun, All the Best Kids
  • DC City Smokehouse, Crab Cakes, Ice Cream, Beverages!
  • New Orleans Gumbo, Food Trucks!

The Cornerstone
The Cornerstone

Economic Inclusivity

When one asks questions about economically inclusive applications for our 21 century American society, the question must start why are we not achieving the objectives? Generating better racial relationships, is just one aspect of the problem. What happened to the trickle down theories of economic justice?

It was a given on the 1990 through 2008 that America was on the verge of understanding inclusiveness and had the wisdom to implement strategic strategies for the empowerment of all Americans to achieve middle class status. This was the center piece in the balancing act of the American Dream. We had agreed in principal to get along in America, and it seemed the goals of extinguishing the racial and economic divides had achieved a foothold.

We had established those beachheads through the hard fought battles of the Civil rights, Women rights, and Gay rights movements. It seemed we’d made progress against national housing discrimination and that education stood tall as a priority. Unfortunately, all of these battles, are in fact still simmering in the under bellies of bad apples who feel empowered to breed racial and economic divides.

Using the same powers of “Freedom of Speech and the right to bear Arms” these bad apples, emboldened by hate groups, are redefining arguments and generating mayhem in America. Their philosophy, is endangering the core values and gains made through social and human evolution of mankind’s moral values. They are putting in danger our values of live and let live free in America; with this regressive language and behavior.

There exists not just something in the atmosphere. The situation is real and scary.

We as Americans need to remember the forward movement we’ve made. By not forgetting the past and what It has taken our forefathers to get to this point we can remember that America, is still a young and growing nation.

Growing pains we feel. Social and societal groaning we still hear. The struggle will continue for many years to come.

Just remember, whatever the realities are within your life, the vast scope of hard work our forefathers have put in to gain the progress that has gotten us to this point. We need to move the agenda forward, for the benefits for all to live and let live in peace and harmony. That agenda is still a moving target. There are some politicians who speak of “How to make America Great Again.” They need to remember what makes it great in the first place.