Mission-driven grocer will occupy retail space in new affordable housing community being developed by The Michaels Organization and CityInterests in the District’s Ward 8
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser broke ground on January 3rd, on Good Food Markets, a fresh food grocer that will occupy prime retail space in South Capitol Apartments, an innovative affordable housing community that The Michaels Organization and CityInterests are developing in the Bellevue community of the District’s Ward 8.
An $880,000 grant made possible by the city’s Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, an initiative launched by Mayor Bowser, supported the build-out for a grocery store as part of the 225,000 square-foot development, which includes 195 affordable apartments and 5,500 square-feet of community space.
Good Food Markets is a mission-driven community grocery redefining what is possible in food deserts. Their experienced retail team creates a full-service grocery selection in a fraction of the space, while also paying a living wage and offering educational opportunities in the community.
The Neighborhood Prosperity Fund, administered by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), supports mixed-use, real estate or retail development projects in targeted census tracts where unemployment is at ten percent or higher. The grants provide necessary gap funding for the commercial component of development projects and will help create job opportunities and new food options in Wards 7 and 8.