We have been following one of the largest developments in the city, RIA, because its proximity to Brookland – on the other other side of Rhode Island Avenue at 13th Street/Brentwood Rd through Montana Ave NE. With a size of 20 acres, it will definitely impact our neighborhood. (The development project will eliminate the current Brookland Manor apartments and will create almost 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket.) The last time we wrote about the development was in December 2016 when demolition of the Brentwood Village strip mall was set to begin. So, we thought it was time for an update.
In May the DC Zoning Commission approved the development of RIA’s first phase, Block 7. Block 7 will break ground in 2018 and includes a 131-unit multifamily building and a 200-unit senior building for residents aged 62 and older (and qualified aides). Last week, the design for a new senior living building was revealed. From the developers website:
The new senior building features:
Four-story construction with underground parking
Modern fixtures and finishes
Multiple elevator bays for improved accessibility
Community library area on each floor
Relaxing green space including a Zen-style garden and Koi pond
Amenity spaces specifically designed for senior needs including a food pantry, exam rooms, community dining facilities, and computer lab
MidCity plans to break ground on The Alice and Eugene Ford Senior Building in Spring 2018. According to Mid City’s website, Block 7 sets the stage for large pieces of the rest of the development:
Just outside of Block 7, we plan to bring a full-service grocery store, a variety of new shops, restaurants and neighborhood services for the surrounding community.
In addition, we are planning for a large community green and a pedestrian plaza that will enhance the sense of community for RIA and the surrounding neighborhood. RIA will also include a highly connective street grid that includes the introduction of multiple new streets. This green space and plaza will be designed to feature events such as weekly farmers and craft markets and will include a welcoming and safe space for children.
We will keep an eye on this development and let you know when we learn of anything noteworthy.