D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined Council Chairman Kwame Brown, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and developers Feb. 1 at the groundbreaking for The Shops at Dakota Crossing in Ward Five’s Fort Lincoln New Town.

“The Shops at Dakota Crossing represents another exciting milestone in the continued retail renaissance of the District,” Gray said in a statement. “We know this development will create new and exciting retail opportunities for District residents who want to spend their dollars within our city limits.”

When completed, the 44-acre site will house 430,000 square feet of retail space and 2,000 parking spaces, create 1,200 new jobs (permanent and construction) in the District. According to a statement from Gray’s office, the project is expected to generate $634 million in tax revenues for the District over the next 30 years, as well as provide convenient shopping not only for area residents, but neighboring Prince George’s County, Md.

The Shops at Dakota Crossing is located just off South Dakota Avenue NE, near U.S. Route 50 and I-295/Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

The mayor’s office noted the project is part of more than $2 billion in District-affiliated projects currently under construction across the city, creating thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs.

“Projects like The Shops at Dakota Crossing are further evidence that quality retailers know District residents deserve access to amenities and an array of shopping choices,” Victor L. Hoskins, deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing our marketing and recruitment efforts for this and other great retail opportunities across the District.”