The impact the Monroe Street Market development has had on Brookland is remarkable. Besides bringing over 500 apartments and a big fancy Starbucks, it has been a catalyst for development all over the area. Still, there has been one last parcel, Block E, that has remained undeveloped for all these years. Long hoped to house a grocer, the empty lot between 7th and 8th Streets and Monroe Street NE may finally be lurching towards completion. We learned from this article in Urban Turf that Monroe Street Market is planning on some changes to the mixed use six-story building. From the article:
In addition to having a different color palette and materiality, the new design by Maurice Walters Architect also includes the following modifications:
- The addition of a second residential lobby on Monroe Street;
- The creation of a larger landscape buffer abutting the adjacent property on Lawrence Street;
- Altering the design and size of windows, the design and quantity of dormers, and the design of railings and balconies.
Because demand for parking at the already-delivered buildings has been low, leaving 285 unleased spaces available, the applicant is seeking to remove the second level of parking…
It will probably be a good while before construction is underway, since a zoning hearing has not been scheduled yet. Neighbors interested in learning more about this development should attend the ANC 5E meeting on January 16th at 7:00 pm for a presentation on the changes. The meeting will be at the Friendship-Armstrong Public Charter School in the Cafeteria at 1400 1st Street, NW (1st & P St). We will let you know when we hear anything new.