After 10 years of legal fights and battles over property rights, DC has spent $40 million to acquire land at Skyland Shopping Center and prepare it for redevelopment. An announcement came this month about the major economic development victory: an agreement with Walmart to anchor the longdormant Skyland Shopping Center in Ward 7. This area, which is in the far eastern part of the city of DC is known for the highest unemployment rate of all the Wards. This development will create many jobs and opportunities. Local residents will not have to travel as far for shopping and will bring in shoppers from other neighborhoods.
In addition to Walmart, the project will include other neighborhood retailers, restaurants and residential units, according to the mayor’s office. When completed, Skyland will include 476 mixed-income residential units and 342,000 square feet of retail. Construction on the first phase (the Walmart, 100,000 square feet of additional retail and 250 apartments) is expected to take up to 2 years. Walmart will not open before 2017
“I am delighted that Walmart has committed to opening a store in a neighborhood that has been under-served for too long,” stated Mayor Gray, who lives in nearby Hillcrest.
Skyland Mall area is in Southeast Washington at the intersection of Good Hope Road, Naylor Road, and Alabama Avenue and right on a bus line. Currently there is a Safeway and many fast food restaurants in the area. Walmart has two stores open in the District, one at New Jersey Avenue and H Street Northwest, and the other on Georgia Avenue. A third, in Fort Totten, is now under construction.