The Southeast Federal Center, referred to as the SEFC, is located in the District’s Southeast neighborhood, within a mile of the U.S. Capitol Building. The enactment of the Southeast Federal Center Public-Private Development Act of 2000, Public Law 106-407, provided GSA special authority to adopt innovative, flexible approaches for working with the private sector to develop the SEFC site.
By leveraging the private sector’s creativity, experience, and resources, GSA will achieve its goal of transforming the SEFC site into an asset where office workers, residents and visitors can live and work. This includes promoting an exciting mixture of land uses including office space, residential uses, and other commercial uses together with a waterfront park, open space, and innovative design.
On June 2, 2005, GSA announced in a press release that it “turned over the keys” to Forest City Washington for the phased development of 44 acres at the Southeast Federal Center on the banks of the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, DC. The development agreement between GSA and the commercial and residential real estate company provides for 3.2 million square feet of residential use, and 2 million square feet for commercial, retail, and cultural space. In addition, there will be a 5-acre waterfront park with a promenade along the Anacostia River, and other public amenities.