Bradley Site Design prepared carefully coordinated plans for a vibrant new urban hub at Hill East. Part of the District’s New Communities program, the mixed-use development will be a lively destination that activates the eastern edge of the city along the Anacostia River, providing civic spaces and community amenities with the neighborhood feel that is characteristic of the Capitol Hill area.
Plazas along 19th Street SE will be a sequence of dynamic spaces that bring life to the streetscape at scales appropriate to their locations. Closest to the building, the spaces are outdoor rooms that relate directly to the commercial uses within: semi-enclosed, more intimate areas for dining and conversation amid lush planting. Closer to the street and the Metro station are gathering areas: lawns and plazas that evoke the city park character where concerts and arts festivals occur. The pedestrian-focused spaces continue southward in a plaza that spans the intersection of 19th Street and C Street, creating both a venue for larger-scaled events and a traffic- calming device. The plaza links the streetscape to the south with an iconic focal point: a sculptural water feature that provides a placemaking element at a key location. Raised planters define areas for smaller scale gathering, with another focal area at the significant urban node at 19th Street and Massachusetts Avenue.
Storm water is managed using Low Impact Development measures, including streamlined, lushly planted bioretention areas in the plazas, vegetated roofs, and pervious pavement systems. Numerous shade trees will increase canopy coverage and reduce the heat island effect, creating more comfortable environments and reducing building operations costs.