Yesterday we learned from these stories in the Washington Business Journal and Urban Turf that a huge development covering about 6 blocks is planned for the area just northwest of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop. If the proposal is approved, it will bring more than 1,500 residential units in seven buildings with retail space on the ground floor of each building. According to the Washington Business Journal article:
MRP, with B&R Associates LP and Sandrock LP, proposes to transform 13 acres encompassing the Rhode Island Center — anchored by Save-A-Lot, Big Lots and Foreman Mills — a self-storage warehouse and 13 single-story retailers into a mixed-use, transit-oriented community that promises, per its application, to “ultimately establish this locale as a destination in and of itself.” The development site is bounded by Fourth Street NE to the west, Rhode Island Avenue to the south, the Metrorail tracks and the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the east and the Edgewood Terrace apartments to the north.
We are assuming a development of this magnitude will take some time to wind itself through the zoning (and other) processes, and the articles did not give a timeline for the multi phased project. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
Yesterday we learned that Brookland’s Stone Straw building will likely be sold for development purposes. The building is currently owned by Metro, which uses it to house records and for Metro Transit Police functions. It is located along the Franklin Street Bridge near 10th street NE, beside the Metro tracks.
What you may not know is that the Stone Straw building is the site of the development of the paper drinking straw, as well other wound paper products by the Stone Paper Tube Company. Check out the plaque in the photo set above that dates the building to the early 1930’s.
According to this story in the Washington Business Journal:
The transit agency plans to relocate its…functions currently housed in the 68,700-square-foot Stone Straw building at 900 Franklin St. NE in Brookland…it will also enable it to “dispose of Stone Straw, a long-sought goal, and save substantial capital funds for its repair.” The report describes Stone Straw as a “long-sought development site.”
Last month we posted about a planned 370 unit apartment building at 901 Evarts St. NE. The developer’s representative presented their plans for a ten story apartment building at the ANC 5B04 Single Member District meeting on June 8th. Recently ANC Commissioner Barrios informed constituents that the developers have elected to host their own meetings going forward rather than present at ANC meetings. There will be two meetings to discuss the development: today, Thursday July 2nd and Thursday July 16th, 6:30pm-8:00pm, at the Bishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. Family Life Community Center Multipurpose Room, 605 Rhode Island Avenue NE. See the flyer below for more information.
Back in May we wrote about an affordable senior housing building called The Girard Street Senior Residences, planned for an empty lot at the corner of 16th and Girard. We recently learned that the groundbreaking will be today and that Mayor Muriel Bowser will be on hand to support the project. From the press release:
On June 30th, local developers Dantes Partners and The Menkiti Group, will break ground at the Girard Street Senior Apartments project in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will participate in the ceremony and deliver opening remarks. The new building is a modern, 100% luxury affordable senior housing community, featuring 25 apartments that provide economic advantages to residents and contributes to the vibrant character of the neighborhood. The anticipated construction period is 12 months.
WHO: Mayor Muriel Bowser, Polly Donaldson (Director, DHCD), Adrianne Todman (Director, DC Housing Authority), and others
WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Girard Street Senior Apartments, a joint venture of local developers Dantes Partners and The Menkiti Group
WHERE: 1545 Girard St. NE, Washington DC 20018 (Brookland neighborhood); Event entrance on 16th St. NE side
Looks like the stretch of commercially zoned land along the Metro tracks near Rhode Island Ave will be seeing a lot of development soon. As we wrote about December, the Channing Place development will bring two six-story condo buildings that will replace vacant warehouses along the tracks. Now we have learned through ANC 5B04 Commissioner Barrios that a ten story apartment building with 370 units is planned for 9th and Evarts. Here are details from his newsletter and a Tweet:
Important June 8th Community Meeting, 901 Evarts/Reed Street development presentation: The June Single Member District meeting will have a presentation from Adams Investment Company, which plans to re-develop a large parcel of land at and near Evarts and Reed streets. The plan is for a 370 unit apartment building. The development plots are zoned as C-2-C and the project will be by matter-of-right (which means that construction will fit the definition of the zoning, no zoning change is needed, and therefore the developer has the right to build it without approval from the Zoning Commission, ANC, etc.). The developer’s representative will discuss the plans at the meeting. Please join us to find out more. Meeting is Monday June 8th, Noyes Education Campus auditorium, 2725 10th St NE (enter on Franklin St side), 7 PM.
June ANC 5B meeting: the next ANC meeting is Wednesday June 24th, 6:30 pm, location TBD. Please check anc5b.org or my web page for updated location information.
Back in March we first wrote about the Perry Row development at 1022-1322 Perry Street, NE, getting started near the Metro station. According to the development’s website, they will deliver 6 town homes soon and are now offering hard hat tours daily. That was quick! According to this story at Elevation Media DC:
Each townhome is either a three or four-bedroom unit, plus a den, with three finished levels in each unit. The units also offer garage parking, rear decks and yards, as well as “smart home” features like smartphone-controllable thermostats and keyless entry…
Back in March we wrote about how longtime Brookland business M&S Barber Services re-located because of impending development. It looks like that development, 2900 12th Street NE, is moving forward as a three story, nine unit, residential-only apartment building. We recently noted that construction fencing went up around the property, a dumpster arrived, and internal demolition permits were posted in the window (see pictures below).
Regarding 2900 12th St NE: I called DCRA. They do have a permit to do some basic demolition… My understanding is that they cannot do much more at the moment because they have not passed their Zoning Review with the Office of the Zoning Administrator at DCRA, based on the information available on DCRA online and on the conversation I had with DCRA.
Barrios reached out to the developer and posted this sideshow of the developer’s plans for the apartment building at the corner of 12th and Girard. It looks like 2 more floors will be added to the existing building, each unit will have one parking space in back, and at least some units will have private roof top decks. We will let you know when we learn anything new.
It’s been a while since our last update on the condominium development project by Lock 7 Development, at 12th and Franklin Streets, NE. We recently learned that the project now has a name – Brooks Row. The 22 condos will be made up of 11 rowhouses with 2 units each. Some will have 2 bedrooms and some will have 3. You can see the floor plans here as well as additional information about the units. The project is scheduled to completed by winter 2016. We will let you know when we learn anything new.
Back in October we posted an update on the next phase of the Monroe Street Market development, which includes 45 townhomes, known as Gallery Towns. The homes, which should be completed by the end of the year, will be located along Lawrence, Kearny, and 7th Streets, NE. On the diagram to the right, they are represented as “Block A2″. We recently learned more about the development via this article from the Washington Post. According to the story, the homes will start at $700,000 and
The units have brick fronts and rooftop terraces with optional two-sided fireplaces. Inside, they have hardwood flooring in the main living area, LED recessed lighting, contemporary style trim around the windows and doors and Energy Star certification. Each kitchen has 42-inch maple cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Sounds fancy. We will post updates as we learn anything new.
Yesterday we learned from this City Paper article that Metro is soliciting bids for two small parcels of land it owns on 9th Street NE, along the Metro tracks.
One parcel, just over 21,000 square feet, is north of the INLE Development at 9th and Lawrence which is a commercial office building that is nearly complete (we wrote about it here.). The other parcel, which is over 16,000 square feet, is south of the townhome development at 9th and Kearny NE, that we wrote about here in March. Both parcels are currently grassy areas. Development proposals are due to Metro by June 19. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
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