The Mid City East area sits near the center of the District of Columbia and showcases historic residential fabric and institutions, a rich diversity of residents, valued open spaces, and burgeoning retail amenities. The Mid City East Small Area Plan (SAP) was approved by Council on November 18, 2014 and provides a strategic framework for revitalization of Bates/Truxton Circle, Bloomingdale, Eckington, Hanover, LeDroit Park, and Sursum Corda, as well as sections of Edgewood and Stronghold. The study area is predominately in Ward 5, with portions of Wards 1 and 6, and is traversed by five major corridors: North Capitol Street, New York Avenue, Rhode Island Avenue, New Jersey Avenue, and Florida Avenue. The vision for the Mid City East Small Area Plan is to improve quality of life and enhance neighborhood amenities and character while supporting a community of culturally, economically, and generationally diverse residents.
The Mid City East Small Area Plan at its core is a community-based plan guided by market-based solutions and a shared vision and principles. The plan was developed through extensive on-the-ground and creative online community engagement and public participation process. The plan builds from previous work and provides analysis and recommendations for land use, redevelopment of underutilized and/or underdeveloped sites, walkability, retail readiness along commercial corridors, and improvements to parks and open spaces. Concurrent with the SAP planning process, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) completed the Mid City East Livability Study in October 2013, an in-depth companion study on transportation and the public realm to guide neighborhood-scale mobility improvements. The Mid City East Small Area Plan supports the recommendations in the Mid City East Livability Study. The focus is currently on implementation of the Mid City East Small Area Plan. An Implementation Task Force, comprised of community leaders and facilitated by the Office of Planning, was formed in February 2014.