Menkiti Breaks Ground on Project in Historic Anacostia

Bo Menkiti and The Menkiti Group were joined at Jan. 8’s groundbreaking by Enlightened Inc. President and CEO Antwanye Ford, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White (D), Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D), Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio and community members. Photo: Andre Russell

The Menkiti Group and Enlightened Inc. in partnership as MLK Gateway Partners LLC (MGP) broke ground on the first phase of their MLK Gateway project. Located at the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, MLK Gateway will become a catalytic commercial center for historic Anacostia. Phase One features the restoration of 14,000 square feet of ground floor retail as well as 20,000 square feet of newly built office space. The project is anchored by Enlightened Inc., an award-winning minority-owned information technology and cybersecurity firm that will relocate its nearly 150 district-based employees to a new headquarters in the project. The building’s design and incorporates existing historic facades to provide a rich backdrop for new vibrant street-fronting retail. Phase Two of the project will include construction of a new building at 1909-1913 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE with street-level retail and multistory office space above.