The Crest Leasing Team Lends a Hand at THEARC’s COVID Relief Effort

Cold and grey weather didn’t stop the leasing team at WC Smith’s newest property, The Crest, from turning up to help give out food, supplies, and a Valentine’s muffin as part of local COVID relief efforts.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, THEARC has hosted an extensive weekly food distribution program for people living east of the Anacostia River. Building Bridges Across the River, the nonprofit that manages THEARC, coordinates the effort, which has included participation from World Central Kitchen, DC Central Kitchen, Martha’s Table, THRIVE and the Capital Area Food Bank.

Chris Smith, WC Smith’s chairman and CEO, co-founded BBAR in 1997, and the organization is WC Smith’s primary nonprofit partner.

Property manager Kalimah Gordon, assistant property manager Natasha Smith and front desk coordinator Jason Baugh joined Building Bridges staff and WC Smith colleagues to ensure that items were readily available and provided to hundreds of local residents, many of whom have been hit hard by the pandemic.

The Crest ( is a 263-unit property that is slated to open in late spring 2021, marking completion of the first residential phase at Skyland Town Center. Skyland Town Center is a mixed-use development in the Hillcrest neighborhood of DC’s Ward 7. Besides The Crest, Skyland will feature a CVS, and a drive-through Starbucks, a branch of Chase Bank and a Lidl supermarket, the first full grocery store to open east of the Anacostia River in more than a decade.