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New hospital planned on St. Elizabeths east campus in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) – Wednesday morning, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and other officials announced a plan to invest approximately $300 million in a brand-new hospital on the St. Elizabeths East Campus. The hospital would replace the United Medical Center (UMC) on Southern Avenue SE.

Mayor Gray told a crowd at the press conference that the plan for a new hospital instead of capital improvements to the current facility would ensure high-quality medical care for part of the city and help with economic development. (see the mayor's list of reasons below*)

Free drive-in movies to introduce people to a growing neighborhood in SE DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA) --- Two free drive-in movies will entertain families in SE by the Capitol Riverfront, Friday and Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m. (March 21-22, 2014).

The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District (BID) co-sponsors the two-day drive-in movie festival: Toy Story and the Matrix.

On Friday evening, nearly 50 cars show up in the parking lot at First and M Streets SE. The parking lot sits next to Nationals Park, the future site for a mixed-use complex of apartments, hotel and 30,000 square feet of retail space.

Custom Home on the Market Embraces Convenient and Quaint Neighborhood of Lyon Village

Custom Home on the Market Embraces Convenient and Quaint Neighborhood of Lyon Village

This elegant classic colonial on the market offers exquisite detailing, the latest modern amenities, and the opportunity to take in the spring season with its outdoor patio and kitchen

The Neighborhood

Walking down mature tree-lined sidewalks to the neighborhood parks, playgrounds and nearby shopping contributes to the small-town feel of Lyon Village, one of Arlington’s most sought after residential communities. Frank Lyon purchased this land, formerly Robert Cruit’s 19th century weekend and holiday estate and dairy farm, and established Lyon Village, a true community that was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1923. Colonial, Tudor and Classical Revival styles are among the distinctive homes within the neighborhood, which embraces the custom brick home at 1839 N. Herndon Street as one of its own.

From the Beginning

Police hunt for suspects in SE shooting death

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man was shot to death just before midnight Thursday evening on Sayles Place in Southeast D.C.

Police say it's not just one person they are looking for, it's four people. The community where the crime happened is unfortunately not surprised. They are, however, fed up.

From construction signs to a crime scene, a man was found shot to death in the middle of a new development on Sayles Place. Although this change is positive, those who live around here aren't sure it's for good.

"Neighbors said it was just pow, pow, pow, then it stopped, then pow, pow, pow, pow. It's just been some crazy activity around here," says Theresa Brown, who lives on Bowen near the crime scene.

Abandoned building on fire in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Fire crews battled a fire in an abandoned building in Southeast D.C. on Wednesday morning.

Authorities say crews were dispatched to a building in the 2300 block of Pomeroy Rd. SE at approximately 5:35 a.m. Wednesday. According to authorities, the building is abandoned.

Crews found fire on the second floor and attic, according to a tweet from the DC Firefighters Union.

Traffic control was requested at Stanton Road and Pomeroy Road.

Jobs coming back to DC's Ward 8

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Just miles from the White House and Capitol Hill, the nation's halls of power, exists an unemployment crisis nearly unmatched across the entire country.

D.C.'s Ward 8 is home to a rich African-American cultural history. For years, the area has also been home to an unemployment rate that's topped 25 percent, but that economic deep freeze is finally starting to thaw.

Mayor Vincent Gray tells WUSA9, "We've come from 25.4 percent down to 17.7 percent. That's huge. That's about a one-third drop in unemployment in an area of the city where unemployment is a way of life."

In December, the District's overall unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent. While still above the national average, it was the lowest rate for D.C. in five years.