Category Archives: Development

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.

Brookland/CUA Metro Development Update

MRP Brookland
Rendering courtesy of MRP

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.


New Development May Bring 41 Townhomes To Holy Redeemer College Property

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.

Letter sent to nearby residents
Letter sent to nearby residents

Union Market Developer Seeks Changes To Market’s Expansion

Union Market rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates
Union Market rendering courtesy of Shalom Baranes Associates

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.

New Development, Channing Place, Coming To Brookland

Rendering Courtesy of  Jemal's Channing,LLC
Rendering Courtesy of Jemal’s Channing, LLC

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.

Brentwood Village Development Project To Go Before Zoning Board

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.

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.

Construction Starts Soon On Lock 7 Condos In Brookland

Rendering Courtesy of Lock 7 Development.
Rendering Courtesy of Lock 7 Development.

Back in March we reported that the new Lock 7 Development, a 22 unit condo project at the corner of 12th and Franklin Streets, NE got its raze permits. Shortly thereafter the existing buildings were demolished and it has pretty much been an empty lot that has seen very little activity all summer and fall. That will change very soon, as the developer was recently granted building permits. According to a recent Lock 7 website posting construction should begin in a matter of days. As a reminder, the development will build 1300 square foot units that will span two levels, in 11 townhouse-style units. The development is planned to be complete by early 2016. The Lock 7 site boasts the following “green” construction features:

This environmental-friendly project features a number of eco-friendly aspects, including:

In addition to these items, this development will use sustainable building products such as:

  • Pervious pavement
  • Low VOC paint
  • Natural siding materials

Check out more in depth information on the development from this story by our good friends over at Elevation Media.

Michigan Park Citizen’s Assoc. Meeting Tuesday – Brookland Metro Development

MRP Brookland
CUA/Brookland Metro Development Rendering

We saw this announcement of the Michigan Park Citizen’s Association on the Brookland listerv yesterday:

Come Join Neighbors and Members during our regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

TUESDAY, November 11, 7-8:30pm,


-Park Partnership, accomplishments and way forward
-Metro Office of Real Estate will discuss development near Brookland/CUA Metro Station
-Christmas potluck plans

We are hoping that some neighbors can attend and ask thoughtful questions, despite this meeting being scheduled for Veteran’s Day evening. Thus far we have gotten very little details on the development slated for the Brookland/CUA Metro. In August, we posted that WMATA selected a  developer,  MRP Realty, to build out the site, but at that time we didn’t (and still don’t) have a lot of details. Hopefully, we learn more soon. We asked Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie via Twitter if he plans to send a representative to the meeting, but have not heard a response yet.


Old Soldiers Home Is Soliciting Developers For 80 Acres On AFRH Campus

Image courtesy of AFRH website.

The Washington Business Journal reported on Monday, that the Armed Forces Retirement Home just north of Irving and west of North Capital Street initiated another attempt to solicit developers for about a third of their 272 acre campus. AFRH set up a website to provide more detailed information as well as a promotion video for interested developers. Here an excerpt:

The AFRH has identified approximately an 80 acre Development Area on the southeast portion of the campus for private-sector development.   An approved Master Plan was completed in 2008 that was endorsed by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC), and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was completed in 2007.  The AFRH now wants to move forward aggressively with private-sector development of this area.

Located on 272 acres in Northwest Washington DC, the AFRH is close to Catholic University, Trinity Washington University, Howard University, Children’s National Medical Center, the VA Medical Center, the National Rehabilitation Hospital, the Washington Hospital Center and the National Zoo. The Home is within a few miles of four Metro stations, providing access to the Red, Yellow and Green lines with active development and investment opportunities occurring in adjacent communities due to strong demand fundamentals along Georgia Avenue, North Capitol Street and New York Avenue.

AFRH hosted an Industry Day for the private sector yesterday on location to provide more information and the opportunity for questions. A previous plan to develop part of the campus fell apart in 2009 after the contracted developer filed for bankruptcy.