‘The Violet’ Apartment Building To Replace Longtime Eyesore On Rhode Island Ave

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We recently learned that the vacant shell of a building at 1515 Rhode Island Ave NE will be transformed into a new apartment building called “The Violet”.  We have been following the tweets of the development company carrying out the project, The Jocelyn Group, and by now demolition is complete and they are getting ready to lay the concrete foundation. The 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath units will rent for $2,400.00. From the development’s website:

Beautiful brand new luxury apartment units, most with private outdoor space to be completed end of 2016. Units will feature high end finishes with a modern look. Hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances…Garage parking available…Large common roof deck using native plants giving the property a positive environmental impact and green feel.

5 thoughts on “‘The Violet’ Apartment Building To Replace Longtime Eyesore On Rhode Island Ave”

  1. All of these new upcoming buildings are beautiful luxurious but where are the low income housing apartments that decent people can afford to live in forgetting about all senior citizens we need more low-income housing that we can afford in beautiful buildings

    1. The Menkiti Group just finished construction on a beautiful new apartment building for low income seniors. It’s at 16th and Girard Street.

    2. Additionally, a new senior apartment building was just built a few blocks away next to the Bank of America on Rhode Island Avenue. Also, a few hundred new low income units were just built and opened at Rhode Island Avenue and 4th St. NE. This is all in addition to the hundreds of low income units at Edgewood Terrace behind Foreman Mills.

      There is plenty of low income and senior housing in the area and is probably bordering on clustering too much of it in a small area which has been shown to not be good both the residents and the greater community. The hysteria over building more low income and senior units seems almost like a conspiracy by certain well connected developers to receive city funding (I really hope not though).

    3. You know what’s affordable? The buildings that will remain unrenovated and unluxurious because these luxurious new housing units were built. High-end housing isn’t created by developers as some kind of sabotage of the neighborhood; it’s made because there’s a market for it. If we let complaints like this get in the way of new housing being built, the result will be rapid displacement as a result of existing, relatively affordable, homes being renovated and sold to the individuals that would otherwise have bought something brand new.

      Expecting things that are being newly constructed (an expensive process, both because of constructions costs, but also because of the immense permitting/neighborhood appeasement costs) to be especially affordable is unrealistic. Affordability is created by not forcing aggressive renovation of existing affordable housing stock.

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