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May 05, 2015

$20 Million Move by Martha's Table a Sign of Change in D.C.

Prominent Washington, D.C., social-service charity Martha Table's is preparing to leave its longtime home in the once-gritty 14th Street corridor for a new, $20 million headquarters in one of the District's poorest communities, writes The Washington Post. Other nonprofits are shifting their operations and energies from the gentrifying 14th Street area, once defined by poverty, prostitution, and drug dealing but now home to expensive condominiums and popular restaurants.

Martha's Table, which began as a 14th Street food bank 35 years ago, aims to break ground on new digs in Southeast Washington next year and open in early 2018. The charitable arm of development firm Horning Brothers is donating $10 million in land and cash for the project, and billionaire D.C. philanthropist David Rubenstein has pledged $1 million. Martha's Table President Patty Stonesifer said the charity will maintain a presence on 14th Street with a food program and early childhood center.