Category Archives: Development

Construction Begins At New Townhome Development on 9th Street NE

Getinet Bantayehu 9th street townhousesA parcel of property on 9th Street NE between Kearny and Lawrence is finally starting to see the construction of eight townhomes, which will be two units each, for a total of 16 new residential units. Although it just broke ground, this development already has a bit of history behind it.

In the fall of 2013 we learned that the development company Oxbridge group purchased the property for $500,000. They then sought neighborhood feedback at several meetings including ANC and BNCA meetings. One of the hurdles the development faced was zoning hearings in order to “downzone” the property from industrial to residential use. Once that hurdle was cleared, Oxbridge quickly sold the property to  real estate developer  Getinet Bantayehu for  $1.6 million. We recently learned that this new developer secured construction permits, and it appears that the development is moving ahead quickly.

According to nearby neighbors, construction started two weeks ago.  As you can see from the photo the footings and the wall for lower level of the townhomes along the sidewalk have been poured, and workers started hauling off dirt a few days ago.

Brookland Plaza Purchased By Developer, Looks To Upgrade Shopping Center

Photo courtesy of Divaris Real Estate Inc.
Photo courtesy of Divaris Real Estate Inc.

Brookland Plaza, the strip mall located along  10th Street NE near Michigan Ave and Turkey Thicket  has been purchased for about $5.5 million dollars, according  to this story in the Washington Business Journal. The development firm that purchased the shopping center, Urban Investment Partners,  has thus far been a predominately residential developer. However, according to the story, it is likely to remain a retail location, after some improvements. From the story:

The site could potentially be redeveloped into a couple hundred residential units but UIP did not acquire the property for its redevelopment potential, Schwat said.

UIP is planning to make some modest improvements to the center and believes part of the long-term value from the site will come from increasing rental rates as the Brookland sees more development activity with the Catholic University of America as its anchor. The older rental rates in the center, which includes a number of independently owned retail stores and restaurants, hover at around $15 per square foot, but Schwat said he expects new leasing activity will come in at twice that.

Parking Garage With 1492 Spaces Planned For Brookland Metro Station

Unfortunately, we missed the ANC 5B05 meeting last week, but we were able to catch up with neighbors who filled us in. At the meeting there was a presentation by Douglas Development about their plans to build a 1492-space parking garage at 818 Michigan Avenue  (next to the Metro tracks, north of the Drew (Michigan Avenue) Bridge near the Comcast building). Here are some renderings of the planned garage.

The garage is being  built for Children’s National Medical Center, and shuttle buses are planned that will transport  people back and forth. The implications for increased traffic around 10th Street NE, Michigan Ave and the Turkey Thicket area are pretty drastic, assuming the garage’s nearly 1,500 parking spaces see heavy use. Which seems likely, given that people such as Metro Riders who are not affiliated with the Medical Center will be allowed to park there. From what we have learned there have been no traffic studies associated with this development.

Because the way this parcel of land is zoned, the developer may build the garage as a “matter of right” meaning  that as long as they conform to the Zoning Regulations, then they can develop the property with no additional zoning approval required, beyond the Office of the Zoning Administrator’s initial review. Which means that community input is not required.

At the end of the meeting, ANC Commissioner John Feeley asked if there were any supporters of the garage as presented, and there were none out of the 50 or so attendees. There will be a follow up ANC meeting covering this topic on the second Monday in April.

Perry Row Development To Bring 6 New Townhomes To Brookland

Perry Row ImageThough there has been chatter about this development for probably over a year, it looks like the Perry Row development is finally moving into high gear. According to the development’s website, they will deliver 6 townhomes with the following features:

– 3BR+Den/3.5BAs
– 3 Finished Levels
– Wide-Open Living & Entertaining Areas
– Gourmet Kitchen w/Islands
– Large Master Suites
– Walk-In-Closets
– Skylights
– Large Decks & Fully Fenced Yard

The development will be at 1022-1322 Perry Street, NE, near the Metro station.

901 Monroe Development Update- Well, Sort Of

Colonel Brooks' development Brookland NE Washington DC
901 Monroe Street Develpment Rendering Courtesy of Esocoff and Associates

The last time we had an update on the 901 Monroe Development  was September 2014, where we described the  back and forth between the Office of Zoning and the Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle with the “200 Footers” – a group of residents who filed a court case seeking to overturn the Office of Planning’s decision to allow the development.  Yesterday we learned via this posting on Urban Turf  that the the Zoning Commission yet again reaffirmed its decision in favor of the development. But, the development cannot move ahead until the Commission sends the decision to the court, and the court reviews the decision. And, there is there is no  set timeline for when that will happen. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

80 Acre Development Slated For Nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home

The southeastern portion of the campus would be developed. (AFRH)
The grey shaded area (“A”-southeast parcel), will be solicited for development. Diagram courtesy of the Armed Forced Retirement Home.

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.

Brentwood Village Development Zoning Hearing Date Set: March 15th

Site plan for the future Brookland Manor from Mid-City Financial. Courtesy of Perkins Eastman.
Site plan for the future Brookland Manor from Mid-City Financial.
Courtesy of Perkins Eastman.

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.

Update: Holy Redeemer College Development To Submit PUD Soon

Holy Redeemer Development Rendering via Urban Turf

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.

More Big Box Stores Coming To Nearby Dakota Crossing Near Costco

Rendering of Dakota Crossing

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.

Coffee House And Bike Shop Combo From Filter/Bike Rack Coming Soon!

Storefront of
Storefront that will soon house Filter and Bike Rack

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.