Arts Flex – The Awesome, Little Known Part Of The Catholic U Development

by Shani on October 24, 2012

When I talk to people about the Catholic University development, the topic of retail and restaurants always comes to the forefront of the conversation. But there is more than that in store for our neighborhood.  One development that most people are unaware of is my favorite. It’s call the Arts Flex building and it will house approximately 3,000 square feet of open, flexible interior space for performances, community meeting space, and exhibits. There will also be a small catering kitchen and an exterior plaza. We were told at a meeting with a representative from one of the CUA developers, Abdo, that the Arts Flex building will be delivered by summer 2013. As someone who attends a lot of community meetings, I can attest that it is always difficult to find meeting space, so this is definitely welcome. Also, having a vibrant art-filled location will add value and quality of life to our neighborhood. I view it as yet another cornerstone of the arts district our neighborhood is turning into. Here is a rendering of where the Arts Flex will be located:

Catholic Development Monroe St. Market Brookland NE Washington DC

Rendering Courtesy of Bozzuto Development Company, Abdo Development, LLC

One of the great things about this location is that it is such a turn-around from what has been at this locations for years – nothing – but random garbage like discarded tires. Here are some renderings of the Arts Flex building. The rendering below is how the building will look when you are standing on Monroe and 8th St. NE looking east towards the bridge that goes over the Metro tracks.

Catholic u Development Brookland NE Washington DC

Rendering courtesy of Maurice Walters Architect, Inc.

The rendering below shows how the building will look with your back to the Metro tracks, looking west at the Arts Flex.

Catholic University Development Brookland NE Washington DC

Rendering courtesy of Maurice Walters Architect, Inc.

I checked in on the progress being made on this development the other day – here are some pics. Check back for updates on the Arts Flex as the months go by!

Catholic U Development Brookland NE Washington DC

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Scott October 24, 2012 at 11:48 pm

No way! I was wondering what was going on in that little corner of land. Didn’t expect something this cool!


Shani October 25, 2012 at 10:00 am

I know, right? And I am happy that is being delivered so soon, we don’t have to wait till the rest of the development is complete to enjoy it.


Rick October 26, 2012 at 7:48 am



Dartagnan October 26, 2012 at 10:47 am

This entire project is so exciting! I cannot wait util the first phase is completed and the space starts getting occupied. Really hoping for a cool bike shop. Afterall, Brookland is on the Metropolitain Bike Trail, Right???


IMGoph November 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

it would be great if space between the building and the tracks has been reserved for the Met Branch Trail. long-term, I’d hope the trail can continue back there and connect the parts north of Monroe and south of Franklin…


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