The Parks at Walter Reed is a mixed-use, 66-acre redevelopment of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The Master Development Team of Hines, Urban Atlantic and Triden Development Group is honored to have been selected by the District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, through the Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA), to work with the community on the redevelopment of this landmark site.

The LRA’s longstanding and highly inclusive planning process stands as an excellent model for community-based development of nationally and historically significant sites. Our community stakeholders, who frequently provided feedback and guidance to shape the project plan, have been critical to achieving a redevelopment plan that ensures The Parks at Walter Reed are woven into the broader neighborhood fabric.

On November 10, 2016, our team took possession of this historic site and immediately began work on improving its site infrastructure, planning events to bring the public on-site, and commencing predevelopment for the specific buildings and open spaces that will comprise the 3.1 million square foot, mixed-use campus as it comes to life over the next decade.

About the Parks

Based on the Small Area Plan (SAP) developed by the LRA and local community stakeholders, The Parks at Walter Reed envisions an inclusive, innovative and sustainable multi-use development woven into the broader community fabric. At full build-out, The Parks will include 3.1 million square feet of development and will include adaptive re-use of existing historic buildings, new construction, open space, community parks and plazas.

 

Distinctive Homes

More than 2,100 units of high-quality housing will be developed at The Parks at Walter Reed, serving a diverse mix of incomes and households. 20% of the total units on-site will be affordable, with rental and homeownership options available, options for artist housing and a senior village that facilitates aging-in-place.

Retail, Commerce & Science

The Parks at Walter Reed will include roughly 236,000 square feet of retail, a conference center and hotel. The development will also feature an "Innovation Core" that consists of forward-thinking companies in university medical research, bioscience and pharmaceutical spaces, as well as economic development and sustainability programs.

Honoring Art, and Making History

The redevelopment plan honors and emphasizes the campus’s natural beauty and history, preserving significant historic buildings along with roughly 20 acres of open space, community parks and plazas. Approximately 30,000 square feet of space will be dedicated to creative and cultural uses across the area.

Sustainably Built Community

The Parks at Walter Reed’s redevelopment plan is built on a core of environmental sustainability, employing tools for energy and water conservation, alternative forms of transport, and recycled and local construction materials to minimize the environmental impact of development.

Collaboration with Top Nonprofits

Prior to the selection of Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden, the LRA selected top nonprofits – called “Notice of Interest,” or “NOI,” users – as part of the project’s community development goals: DCI and LAMB public charter schools; SOME and HELP USA affordable housing developments; HousingUp office headquarters; and Howard University Hospital healthcare and research facilities.

A Powerful Economic Force

At over $1 billion in direct investment, The Parks at Walter Reed will serve as a major economic engine for the Washington, D.C. region, generating thousands of jobs and tens of millions in annual revenues. The commitment to high participation from Certified Business Enterprises (CBE’s), as well as a focus on local hiring and inclusion of Georgia Avenue businesses will set the stage for the surrounding community to benefit from this landmark development.

Prior to our selection as Master Developer, our team created two brief videos describing our vision for The Parks at Walter Reed. We are thrilled to begin implementing this exciting process!

Legacy

For more than 100 years, the Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) was the U.S. Army's flagship medical center, proudly serving more than 150,000 military personnel as well as elected officials and heads of state. As the New York Times put it, "History has marched through [these halls], where presidents, princes, kings and generals mingled in their hospital gowns."

Throughout its years of service to the country, WRAMC was also a point of pride and economic importance to the surrounding community, and the plan for The Parks at Walter Reed honors this important relationship.

For additional information on the history of WRAMC and the community planning process for the redevelopment, please visit the LRA's website.

Team

The Hines-Urban Atlantic-Triden Master Development Team combines best-in-class retail, residential and mixed-use experience at national and local levels to bring The Parks at Walter Reed vision to life. We are comprised of individuals with deep roots in Washington, D.C. who are committed to honoring the legacy of Walter Reed.

The team also includes component developer Toll Brothers, national leader in retail and residential development.

What's Happening

Development Updates

Following the November 10, 2016 site transfer, we immediately began work, focused on the following:

Master “Horizontal” Development

The new campus requires preservation of historic buildings, environmental remediation, demolition of non-historic buildings and new infrastructure including roads, sidewalks and utilities.

In 2017, our team is focused on “mothballing” to preserve historic buildings; new and repaired on-site wet utility lines; environmental remediation and demolition of existing Building 2 (the 1970’s era hospital); and commencing a highly innovative and sustainable site-wide energy microgrid.

Please click here for the Building 2 Demo FAQ

The Parks at Walter Reed Master Plan Implementation:
Preservation and New Design Guidelines (28 MB .zip File) *Details of the site plan are still in progress and subject to change.

Component “Vertical” Development
Each individual building is called a component, or “vertical,” development.

NOIs: DCI/LAMB school (historic Building 11) has completed construction and opened Fall 2017; HELP USA and SOME are actively planning to begin constructing 77 affordable units for veterans in Building 14, and 39 affordable units for seniors in Building 17, respectively. Hines and Urban Atlantic have begun work with HousingUp to construct 80 affordable units for seniors in HousingUp’s office headquarters in Building 14

Vertical Components: In 2017, Hines, Urban Atlantic and Triden will predevelop the first two major mixed-use construction buildings, with construction beginning in 2018 and 2019. Component "V/U", at the corner of Georgia and Aspen, has plans to include approximately 380 residential units (rental and for-sale) and 20,000 square feet of retail. Building "I/J", the anchor of the planned town center between Elder and Dahlia, has plans to include approximately 310 rental apartments and 60,000 square feet of retail.

Community Updates

We welcome members of the community to attend the Walter Reed Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings. Its meetings are open to the public and convene at lease six times per year. The CAC is comprised of representatives of ANC4A and ANC4B, as well as the communities of Shepherd Park, Brightwood and Takoma. In addition, the group also includes representation from Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, District Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner and the Master Development Team.

The Master Development Team also welcomes opportunities to meet with ANC’s and other community organizations upon request.

September 2017 Newsletter

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Next CAC Meeting

Monday, November 6th at 6:00 PM.
Fort Stevens Recreation Center

Previous CAC Presentations

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Campus Events

Fitness in The Parks
Every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Resumes September 12, 2017 and runs through October 24, 2017

Join our instructor-led FREE Fitness in The Parks exercise class open to all adults and levels of fitness every Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. starting May 23 through October 24. Enjoy the beauty and history of the campus while breaking a sweat. Invite your neighbors and friends – everyone is welcome!

There is free parking and water available on-site, and no equipment required. Pedestrians and vehicles enter through security gate at Butternut and Georgia Avenue NW. Questions? Email us.

Campus Neighbors

Portions of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center are under development by neighbors we are excited to have:

U.S. Department of State

The State Department is developing a new Foreign Mission Center on 32 acres, bringing an international community of offices for 10-15 countries.

Learn More About the Foreign Missions Center
Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System is developing a new health research campus on 12 acres, bringing hundreds of medical researchers and doctors.

Learn More About Children's New Research Campus

 

Contracting + Employment Opportunities

As construction commences, The Master Development Team is dedicated to achieving high local and CBE business contracting, as well as District resident employment. We will work primarily with the District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD) and Department of Employment Services (DOES) on both.

Please check back here for updates as new opportunities arise. Contracting opportunities will also be announced through the DSLBD CBE database and our mailing list.

District Department of Small and Local Business Development

Department of Employment Services

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