St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, located at 3rd and M Streets SW, broke ground at the site of its future church in Southwest DC on Sunday, Sept. 11. The previous church building, on the same lot, was demolished in 2008. The church hosted a ceremony and invited community members to attend the event, featuring a BBQ lunch, face painting, a balloon artist, games, and a DJ.

The Trammell Crow Company/St. Matthew’s/CSG Urban Partners, LLC development team has teamed up to construct a much larger footprint for the new facility in Southwest. The unique worship space will feature a cafe, educational rooms, a community center, and church offices. The larger portion of the project will be the construction of a 221-unit high-rise apartment building, with 10 percent reserved for affordable units, priced to provide attractive apartments available for rent to professionals such as school teachers, police officers, and DC firefighters.

For the past eight years, St. Matthew’s has been worshiping with its sister Evangelical Lutheran Church of America congregation, First Trinity Lutheran Church, near Judiciary Square.

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