LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The east end of Washington, D.C. has new life with the opening of the Gateway D.C. Pavilion at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said in his weekly radio address exclusive to All News 99.1.

The pavilion, which is the first new construction project of the century on the St Elizabeths East campus, is a 400-foot-long facility including a 16,300-square-foot open air market with space for about 40 vendors, 3,100 square feet of enclosed civic space, a 21,000-square-foot vegetated green roof and a raised park.

Mayor Gray, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins, Department of General Services Director Brian Hanlon, other government officials, community leaders and members of the design-and-construction team hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the pavilion on Oct. 23, according to the Executive Office of the Mayor.

The Gateway D.C. Pavilion is a “game changer” and “sign of things” to come in the east end of the District, according to Gray.

“The development of St. Elizabeths East will provide office, retail and living space for a broad variety of businesses, organizations and residents,” Gray said.

The new pavilion will also serve thousands of U.S Coast Guard employees at the branch’s new headquarters building on St. Elizabeths West campus. An adjacent U.S. Department of Homeland Security is set for construction in the next few years, bringing several thousand more employees to the area.

“[The pavilion] is an iconic architectural statement that provides an exciting new neighborhood hub and gathering space for community events,” Gray said. “This site will be a catalyst for creating jobs and providing services and amenities in a part of our city that is very much in need of all of these things.”

A “pop-up” coffee shop will be setting up Monday at the pavilion.

Listen to the Mayor’s full address here:

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