Mayor Bowser Joins WC Smith for Skyland Town Center Topping Out

City officials, representatives of residential and retail developers, and community leaders and residents came together July 19 to celebrate the topping out of Phase 1 of Skyland Town Center, WC Smith’s new development in Southeast Washington, DC.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray addressed an enthusiastic crowd of more than 100, touting the benefits Skyland will bring to the neighborhood. Started in 2002, the project has faced multiple challenges, but Bowser and Gray emphasized the perseverance of all involved to ensure that buildings would rise at Skyland.

Skyland Town Center will be a residential, retail and medical community, located at the intersection of Alabama Avenue, Good Hope Road and Naylor Road in DC’s Ward 7. When completed in 2020, Phase 1 will be home to 263 new apartments and retail. The topping out signaled that Phase 1 has reached its final construction height.

CVS, the first retail tenant, has been operating from a trailer and will relocate to a permanent site upon completion. In May 2019, Lidl, the German-based supermarket chain, announced that it had signed a lease to open a store at Skyland, its first location in Washington, DC.

Skyland Town Center is a joint development project of WC Smith, Rappaport, Skyland DC, Washington East Foundation and Marshall Heights Community Development Organization.

NBC4 Washington featured a story about topping out and the mayor’s remarks: