The Half Street Market initiative is a community-led effort to transform a vacant federally-owned warehouse located at 49 L Street, SE in Washington, D.C.
We are advocating for the creation of a public market and restaurant that will operate a workforce development and education program for D.C. residents, host community education programming, and provide a commercial kitchen incubator with access to small business formation resources for culinary entrepreneurs.
This initiative continues to gain momentum thanks to the dedication and engagement of local residents. Over the past months, the Half Street Market team has met with a number of D.C. agencies as well as community members and stakeholders to discuss to concept. In April, we received a Certificate of Incorporation from D.C. so that we can establish a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization to support the Half Street Market initiative.
We have been encouraged by the overwhelming amount of positive feedback that we have received, and wanted to give YOU the opportunity to officially voice your support!
Tell your representatives that you support the Half Street Market initiative, and why this project will benefit your community!
Thank you for your support!
Rachel Reilly Carroll
Nicolas Baca, Jr.
The Half Street Market initiative is a community-led effort to transform a vacant federally-owned warehouse located at 49 L Street, SE in Washington, D.C. into a public market and educational training facility that will serve both the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood and the entire District.
The proposal is to create a vibrant public market and restaurant that will operate a workforce development and education program for D.C. residents, host community education programming, and provide a commercial kitchen incubator with access to small business formation resources for culinary entrepreneurs. The Half Street Market effort aligns with the District’s priorities including: training D.C. residents for D.C. jobs, supporting small business creation and entrepreneurs, and repurposing vacant spaces into opportunities to create community assets and support the creative economy.
This concept has the potential to preserve and transform a vacant building in a rapidly revitalizing part of the District. The Half Street thoroughfare leading to the Nationals Ballpark is envisioned as a pedestrian-oriented retail and cultural corridor. Many office, residential and hospitality projects have either recently been completed or are planned over the next few years. In addition, the site is served by the Navy Yard/Ballpark metro station, several bus lines, bicycle infrastructure and a future streetcar line. The reuse of the warehouse structure will link the community to its industrial past, provide variety in height and density, activate the streetscape, and create a sense of “place” for the neighborhood and the District.
I hope you will support the Half Street Market initiative and the Half Street Market Team’s efforts to bring this great public resource to Ward 6 and the District.