Yesterday we learned from these stories in the Washington Business Journal and Urban Turf that a huge development covering about 6 blocks is planned for the area just northwest of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop. If the proposal is approved, it will bring more than 1,500 residential units in seven buildings with retail space on the ground floor of each building. According to the Washington Business Journal article:
MRP, with B&R Associates LP and Sandrock LP, proposes to transform 13 acres encompassing the Rhode Island Center — anchored by Save-A-Lot, Big Lots and Foreman Mills — a self-storage warehouse and 13 single-story retailers into a mixed-use, transit-oriented community that promises, per its application, to “ultimately establish this locale as a destination in and of itself.” The development site is bounded by Fourth Street NE to the west, Rhode Island Avenue to the south, the Metrorail tracks and the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the east and the Edgewood Terrace apartments to the north.
We are assuming a development of this magnitude will take some time to wind itself through the zoning (and other) processes, and the articles did not give a timeline for the multi phased project. We will let you know when we hear anything new.