We learned via Twitter over the weekend that pedestrian areas at the Arts Walk/Brookland Works and the Met Branch Trail section at the Monroe Street Market will be opened to the public this afternoon. This is the area located between Monroe Street and Michigan Avenue, at 8th Street, NE.
— Monroe Street Market (@MonroeStMarket) July 6, 2013
Once fully complete, the pedestrian-only area, Arts Walk, will be lined with artist studios, have a plaza, an 80 ft. decorative steel tower, a water feature, and a green wall covering the south side of the Drew Bridge. The building above it, Brookland Works, will have apartments and retail facing Monroe Street, NE. Once in full swing, we can expect the stage to host concerts, festivals, and the like, as the Arts Walk is envisioned as active community and artistic gathering place. It is expected that the apartments and artist studios will be ready for move in later this month. Here is rendering of how part of the pedestrian area will look when complete.
We have been following the development of the area that will become a stretch of the Met Branch Trail and will connect with a part of the MBT that exists now, which is routed along a side path of John McCormack Road on Catholic U’s campus. This will bring the trail one small step closer to being a completely off-road trail. Recently a line of trees along the border of the property and the Metro tracks was planted as you can see in this recent picture.
We are currently working on an over-all update on the Monroe Street Market development, which we should have posted soon.