Phase 2 of Art Place Breaks Ground with Weekend Celebration
Phase 2 of the project, Art Place at Fort Totten, promises a performing arts center, a children’s museum and 294 more residences, with 30 set aside for live-in/work space for artists.
The first phase has already delivered 530 units of housing at The Modern Apartment complex along South Dakota Avenue. Interface worked with the Foundation previously when designing and launching The Modern brand in 2017. Art Place will quickly be a retail hub for the neighborhood including an ALDI grocery store and the recently opened Onelife Fitness Sports Club.
“We want to transform our neighborhood on our own terms. And more than that, we want to continue to build quality housing and housing people of all income levels and backgrounds can afford to live,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser in her remarks.
The two million square foot mixed use development is a project of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Affordable housing is important to the project, in Phase 1 most of the longtime residents of buildings demolished for the project were moved into The Modern, and Phase 2 will include 30 additional affordable units set aside for artists.