More RIA Development?

The City Paper and the Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider are reporting that Douglas Development maybe preparing to develop the rather dilapidated warehouse properties they own just off Rhode Island Avenue along the Metro.

Photo Credit: City Paper

 If I remember correctly, the first I heard of this development was via some chatter on the Brookland Yahoo! listserv in May and June. I believe this development was also discussed at an ANC 5B04 meeting recently. The photo to the left was taken from the City Paper article. While I am certainly not against transforming blighted buildings into housing, I am not exactly enthusiastic about this development yet.

First, why apartments? Between the recently completed Rhode Island Row development and the recently approved 901 Monroe development, it seems like our corner of the city is getting a lot of new apartment space as opposed to condominiums, rowhouses and single family homes. Secondly, it appears that the plan calls for an awful lot of flat parking lot and really no green space to speak of. The City Paper article indicates that Douglas is in the very early stages of planning, so there should be time for the community to address these issues.

3 thoughts on “More RIA Development?”

  1. Congrats on the new blog, I just stumbled across it. As for this development, I am happy there is movement but I have to agree that some work is needed before this should get approved. My main beef is with that parking lot that is planned. Too valuable land next to a metro for it just to be a parking lot and if the plan is for that to be temporary until the market supports another building that could go on that lot then I would rather that just be green space until then.

  2. Hello Keon! Thanks for being our first commentor 🙂 I am glad you found the blog, we hope you keep coming back and checking out content.

    Agreed, the parking lot is my major issue at this point. Underground parking would be optimal, but I suppose much more expensive. I am curiuous to find out what the ratio of apartments to parking spaces will be, being that it is so close to the Metro. Keeping my fingers crossed that we don’t end up with a big slab of concrete with no shade, like the parking lot at the Home Depot shopping center.

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