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Keep Anacostia is an initiative started by The Menkiti Group, a real estate developer dedicated to enhancing the fabric of the neighborhood in Ward 8. Through projects both big and small, every initiative has a clear focus on featuring the beauty of the neighborhood and empowering those who call it home.


Keep Anacostia initially began as an idea to poll local residents and business owners to see what words come to mind when they think of Anacostia, a neighborhood that has many identities. As The Menkiti Group grows in Anacostia, so does this initiative and what began as a word sourcing activity is quickly morphing into an opportunity to both uplift and celebrate this beautiful community. Learn more about projects and exciting initiatives The Menkiti Group is undertaking and share your adjective below.

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The MLK Gateway Project will be a two-phased development. These two phases connect the neighborhood's two major commercial corridors, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Good Hope Road. This project is a partnership between The Menkiti Group and DMPED.

The first phase will comprise 20,000 square feet of office above 14,600 square feet of community-facing retail. The second phase will comprise approximately 130,000 +/- square feet mixed-use buildings.

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The Anacostia HousE

The Menkiti Group partnered with H2 Design, a black-owned CBE, on a Ward 8 renovation project featuring 100% Ward 8 subcontractors. Located at 1916 13th St SE in the heart of historic Anacostia, this renovation project, coined the Anacostia House, is an exciting story of renewal for a dilapidated building.

As a true testament to our dedication to supporting residents and businesses in Anacostia, every sub-contractor working on this project is a Ward 8 business. Stay tuned for more details on the Anacostia House coming soon.


The Overlook at Anacostia

The Overlook at Anacostia consists of eight brand-new affordable townhomes in Washington, DC with stunning views of some of the district’s most noteworthy sights like the Washington Monument and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial. Located just minutes from the heart of Anacostia, Capitol Hill, and the Navy Yard, these townhomes are situated in an ideal location for city dwellers looking to be close to it all while also having space to grow and call their own.




“If You Lived Here”

Hosts Christine Louise and John Begeny join realtor Shalisha Ragland to tour three homes around the historic Anacostia neighborhood of D.C. MLK Gateway is featured in the episode.



The Menkiti Group, a local DC-based minority-owned integrated real estate services company focused on enhancing urban neighborhoods, announced today that Capital One Café will be the newest tenant at the historic Anacostia MLK Gateway project opening in 2021.


Backpack Drive for Ward 8

This year (2021), The Office of Councilmember Trayon White has partnered with FiveBelow to provide 2,000 backpacks and school supplies to Ward 8 scholars and we are proud to have sponsored this initiative along with these amazing businesses!

Developers Secure $51M to Begin Construction on MLK Gateway

The second phase of the MLK Gateway development in Anacostia, which will be home to Washington, D.C.’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DCDH), has secured $51 million in financing to move the project forward, Commercial Observer has learned. 

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What word comes to mind when you think of Anacostia? This vibrant neighborhood has many identities, and we have opened a poll for the community to add the adjective that they think best describes Anacostia. Here are some of their responses, what adjective comes to mind when you think of Anacostia?

  • Authentic

  • Diverse

  • Vibrant

  • Unique

  • Inspired

  • Cultured

  • Creative

  • Empowered

  • Proud

  • Resilient

  • Strong

  • Together

  • Resourceful

  • United

  • Black

  • Legendary

  • Kind

  • Historic

  • Powerful

  • Exciting

  • Loving 

  • Talented

  • Distinguished

  • Determined

  • Beautiful

  • Distinct

  • Home

  • Dedicated

  • Peace

  • Community

  • Fresh

  • Harmony

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