The Hive 2.0 is nestled inside the Anacostia Arts Center. While small businesses and non-profit organizations such as ourselves occupy office space below, the upstairs features an art gallery, boutiques, a cafe, a black box theater and a wellness center. Our good friends at Project Create operate a free arts program for youth just around the corner. The area's restaurants, such as the Uniontown Bar & Grille, provide excellent opportunities for eating-out in the community and help bring in new visitors. Anacostia's Metro Station lies just off the area's well known and increasingly developed Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Newcomers can take the Green line into Anacostia and begin with a visit to the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, refuel with a lunch at King's Café, and end the day by shopping at The District Culture.
Upcoming plans include building multifamily residential buildings on MLK Ave, opening an Anacostia location of the popular coffee and food destination, Busboys and Poets, and developing the 11th Street Bridge Park.
The development of the 11th Street Bridge Park is a particularly exciting aspect of Anacostia's revitalization. This bridge will be D.C.'s first elevated park, connecting Capitol Hill to Anacostia neighborhoods.The ambitious vision for the 11th Street Bridge Park encompasses outdoor performance and educational spaces, along with a plaza level looking out on the Anacostia River, which will provide opportunities for all sorts of outdoor recreation. In a recent press release announcing the design firm for the project, Dr. Howard Frumkin, Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington observed, "The 11th Street Bridge project is enormously exciting, not only as a means of building community and improving quality of life, but also as a strategy for promoting health. It will promote physical activity, access to healthy food, contact with nature, socializing-all proven prescriptions for better health. What a giant step for the health of the people of our nation's capital!
A unique aspect of this project is its dedication to ensuring that the bridge park will be a driver of inclusive development for all community members. Residents from Anacostia, as well as other neighborhoods surrounding the 11th Street Bridge, are invited to share their input about the project at community meetings which will help shape the Equitable Development Plan for ensuring that those living around the site will benefit from the new civic space.
For more info on the Bridge Park and community meeting times, visit: www.bridgepark.org