Yesterday we learned that the General Services Administration will issue a request for proposals to build out an 80 acre plot on the property of the nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home (also known as the Old Soldiers’ Home). The 272 acre federally owned property provides over 400 units of independent living for military retirees. Income from the development will go towards funding the retirement home. According to this story in the Washington Post:
Next month the Old Soldiers’ Home, as it is often referred, will begin seeking a private partner capable of developing up to 80 acres of its campus, located between North Capitol Street to the east, Rock Creek Church Road and Park Place to the west and Irving Street to the south.
The home’s master plan calls for an entire neighborhood’s worth of housing, offices, medical facilities, retail and a hotel in the southeastern corner of the property. In all, it calls for 4.3 million square feet of development…
Assuming this development moves forward, it will easily be one of the biggest developments in the city. The GSA hopes to pick a developer by the fall of 2015. We will let you know when we learn anything new.
In early December we wrote about one of the largest potential developments in the city, Brentwood Village, which may be coming to other other side of Rhode Island Avenue from Brookland. According to the Zoning Commission calendar:
Subject Property is currently the site of the Brookland Manor apartment complex and a strip commercial shopping center located at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. and Montana Avenue, N.E. The proposed PUD project will create a new community that will be called Brentwood Village. The Applicant will replace all of the existing buildings on the Subject Property and will establish a new street grid with eight new blocks for development and a new centrally located community green and pedestrian walk. The PUD project will include a variety of housing types (multi-family, senior housing, two-over-two buildings, and townhouses) and a retail component divided among the eight new blocks.
The development project, if approved, will eliminate 535 mostly affordable housing units and will create over 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket. The developer is committed to 20% affordable housing in the new Brentwood Village, which is double the amount required by the DC Zoning Commission. It is unclear what will happen in the interim to those currently living in Brookland Manor’s affordable housing units.
If you are interested in testifying at the hearing, or would like more detailed information, click here for the Notice of Public Hearing. For images/renderings of the proposed development check out this link. The hearing will take place on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Due to Section 8 HUD agreements with the property owner, construction could not begin until 2017.
Earlier this month we wrote about a potential residential development at the Holy Redeemer College that would eventually comprise 41 townhomes. According to this article in Urban Turf , the applicant, Madison Homes, plans to file a Planned Unit Development application with DC’s Zoning Commission in about one week. If the PUD application is successful, they will purchase the land and proceed with the two-stage development. We will keep you updated on anything we learn regarding this potential development.
Update: After we published this post, there was some confusion on Facebook and Twitter. To be clear: the building that houses the College of the Holy Redeemer that stands today will not affected by this development, other than to have townhomes built around it.
We normally only write about things happening in and around Brookland, but we know many neighbors enjoy shopping at the Costco at the nearby Dakota Crossing development in Fort Lincoln. So, we thought folks would be interested in knowing that more retail options are scheduled to open there, including Marshall’s and Lowe’s. We have also read that Dick’s Sporting Goods and PetSmart may also be on the way. Once these large retail anchors are in place, the development will be rounded out with smaller retail stores geared towards nearby residents like dry cleaners, and restaurants. Look for the bigger box stores to open sometime between summer and fall of this year.
The prospect of a combination coffeehouse by Filter and bike shop by the Bike Rack coming to the South East corner of Monroe Street Markets’s Artswalk has been in the works for quite some time. We first learned about the combo concept in April 2013. According to this story from PR Web the wait is over and the two will:
open a shared space on the Arts Walk, directly across from Brookland Pint. The Bike Rack’s second shop in the District will offer a wide variety of cycling needs including repairs, a diverse bicycle inventory, riding events, and active involvement in cycling advocacy. Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will create a unique atmosphere for bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike, providing a daily assortment of coffee, teas, and pastries.
According to the story, the location will open in February.We will let you know when we hear more.
In August, we posted that WMATA selected a developer, MRP Realty, for the property east of the Brookland Metro Station. In November, the Developer and WMATA representatives presented high level plans at the Michigan Park Citizens Association meeting for approximately 280 apartments between two buildings with ground-floor retail with the possibility of a grocery store. At that time, the developer and WMATA were negotiating lease terms (term sheet) which was then taken to the WMATA Board of Directors and recently approved. We recently learned from a Washington Business Journal article that the development may not break ground until late 2019 or 2020. The next steps for the development include presenting legal contractual documents to the WMATA Board for approval, and going through DC’s Zoning Commission’s Planned Unit Development process, which may take up to four years.
Many thanks to reader Derek, who passed along a Notice of Intent to File a Zoning Application for a potential development on the property of the Holy Redeemer College. The applicant, MHI-Brookland, plans to file a Planned Unit Development application with DC’s Zoning Commission soon for a two-stage development that would eventually comprise 41 townhomes. The College is actually not an educational institution, but is considered “Religiously Affiliated housing” for Catholic U, and borders the Chancellor’s Row development along 7th Street NE. I have passed by this building many many times and have admired both the building’s architectural beauty and the many mature trees that flank it along 7th street, and hope that this development, if approved, will not detract or affect either. For more details, see a photo of the letter sent to neighbors below. We will keep you updated on anything we learn regarding this potential development.
On December 11th, Edens, the development company that owns nearby Union Market, submitted an updated design to DC’s Zoning Commission for their planned addition to the market. Originally the project called for topping Union Market with the Angelika Film Center and four floors of office space. The proposed changes are a more industrial looking design and the developer is requesting the option of using the space above the theater for residential units. The Zoning Commission will have a hearing on the project on January 5th. Check out this article from the Washington Business Journal for more details.
Several readers have asked us why a large warehouse along the Metro tracks near Rhode Island Avenue has been torn down and another is surrounded by construction fencing. Up until recently, we didn’t know the most recent plans. Readers may recall that more than 2 years ago we posted about potential plans for this site that were not quite as nice as the new ones, and called for apartments with large parking lots. Speculation about what would happen with this site is not new. The company that owns the property, Douglas Jemal/ Jemal’s LLC, has been sitting on it for over 12 years, and as this City Paper article about the site noted years ago, there are tax implications for letting blighted buildings sit without any plans for development. In any case, we are happy the new project is moving forward, it looks very nice. Since the last time we wrote about this potential development site, the developer has secured a change in zoning from industrial to commercial, and they can move ahead with the project as a matter of right (meaning no community input is required).
So, it turns out that the new development plans call for a residential project consisting of two six-story buildings. The development will include condominiums and no retail spaces. The development team presented their plans at the ANC 5B meeting on November 14th and just recently ANC 5B04 Commissioner-elect Joe Barrios uploaded the Channing Place design presentation to his website, you can find it here. The presentation is worth a look, it is 22 pages long, and has a lot of renderings. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
We are a little late in reporting this news, but we figured that readers who haven’t heard would like to know that one of the largest developments in the city, Brentwood Village, may be coming to other other side of Rhode Island Avenue from Brookland. The development project, if approved, will eliminate 535 mostly affordable housing units and will create over 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket. For images/renderings of the proposed development check out this link. We recently learned from an Urban Turf article that the project is:
“…allowed to proceed to a public hearing after the Zoning Commission (ZC) discussed it Monday night. The discussion was designed to see whether the project was broadly feasible enough to move through the Zoning Commission process and give the developer an idea of what concerns commissioners have so they can be researched and addressed prior to a hearing.”
On November 19th, the development team for this project presented information at the ANC 5C Meeting. At that meeting residents learned that there will be zoning meetings in February or March and that the developer is committed to 20% affordable housing, which is double the amount required by the DC Zoning Commission.
For more details, check out the development’s website and this this article in the Washington Business Journal. There is still a lot of time for this development to take shape, as this is the first step in the zoning change process, and a development of this size and impact will have to go through a lot of red tape, and hopefully, community input. Also, due to Section 8 HUD agreements with the property owner, construction could not begin until 2017.
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