I was lucky enough to take part in a recent hard-hat tour of the Artswalk area of the Monroe Street Market (Catholic U) Development. The “C Block” building, depicted above, is located between Monroe St. and Michigan Ave, at 8th St. NE. It will have 152 residences, retail facing Monroe St., NE and a pedestrian walkway down the center lined with 27 artist studios. The residences will be called the “Brookland Works” and are described by the Bozzuto Group, one of the developers, as “Industrial-Chic living”. The rental units will be a mix of studios, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. The artists studios will range from 300 – 650 sq. feet and will sport all glass garage style doors that will encourage interaction with the public. Some artist studios will have patios facing the stretch of the Met Branch Trail that will run alongside the building. Artists interested in leasing space have until February 1st, 2013 to apply and should contact Cultural DC, who will act as a liaison between artists and the developers and will assist in evaluating artist applications for studio space. The residences and studios are on pace to be delivered by the summer of 2013. I asked if there were any new retail agreements in place, and while they are in discussions with several retailers, there was nothing that they could announce. Here are some current photos of the Artswalk/Studio areas under development.
At the north end of the Artswalk there will be an Arts Plaza with direct access to the Metro. The pedestrian-only space will be highlighted by an 80 ft. decorative steel tower, a water feature, a stage for live performances, and a green wall covering the south side of the Drew Bridge. Here is a rendering of what the area will look like when completed.