We recently learned that the vacant shell of a building at 1515 Rhode Island Ave NE will be transformed into a new apartment building called “The Violet”. We have been following the tweets of the development company carrying out the project, The Jocelyn Group, and by now demolition is complete and they are getting ready to lay the concrete foundation. The 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath units will rent for $2,400.00. From the development’s website:
Beautiful brand new luxury apartment units, most with private outdoor space to be completed end of 2016. Units will feature high end finishes with a modern look. Hardwood floors, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances…Garage parking available…Large common roof deck using native plants giving the property a positive environmental impact and green feel.
EYA developers will unveil their latest updates to the proposed 12th & Allison NE townhouse development a community open house tonight. Readers may remember that this is the proposed development on the grounds surrounding the St. Joseph’s Seminary that we wrote about here and here.
According to a recent community announcement, the number of proposed homes was reduced from 150 to 82, 3 acres of publicly accessible open space will remain, historic preservation will be sought of the St. Joseph’s Seminary building, and community amenities will include a Capital Bikeshare station, park areas with climbable art and sculpture for kids, and public art.
The meeting will be tonight, Tuesday July 12 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Seminary (1200 Varnum Street NE). Check out the flyer below for more info. If you can’t make it tonight, EYA will be giving presentations at upcoming Michigan Park Citizens Association, North Michigan Park Civic Association, Queens Chapel Civic Association, Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, and ANC 5A meetings. You can also sign up to receive updates about this project here. We will let you know when we hear of other significant updates.
The roughly 20 acres of grounds surrounding the Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD), located at 1400 Shepherd Street, NE have been rumored to be developed for years. Now several recent community meetings have shed some light on the planned development and the process moving forward. As for the HUSD building itself, it closed last summer and needs renovations estimated at over more than $20 million.
Howard University has partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to engage community stakeholders about the development which has already included interviews with community stakeholders and residents. As part of their outreach, the community is invited to take this survey to give feedback on what they would like. Thanks to the commenter below who let us know that the community survey is now closed.
The property is located in the 5B-02 Single Member District of ANC 5B of which Commissioner Ursula Higgins is the single member district commissioner. If you would like to get on her email list about the development sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been following the affordable senior housing building called The Girard Street Senior Residences from initial discussions through the groundbreaking last summer. The building is located at 1545 Girard Street NE and consists of 25 one bedroom apartment homes specifically designed for seniors. The building was developed via a partnership between local development firms the Menkiti Group and Dantes Partners and financed by utilizing a combination of 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), gap financing from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), and private first trust debt. From a press release:
Each apartment home offers a generous open floor plan and energy-efficient, individually-controlled heating and cooling systems. Unit kitchens are equipped with energy efficient appliances and granite countertops. Residents will have access to a wide variety of amenities including a large community lounge featuring a sun room and library. A wellness area provides recreational space for exercise and yoga. The lobby level features multi-functional seating areas for gathering and relaxing as well as free WiFi connectivity. A landscaped courtyard provides opportunities to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the comforts of home. The Girard Street Apartments’ location adjacent to the Rhode Island Avenue NE commercial corridor places public transportation, shopping and dining options all within easy reach.
The Grand Opening and ribbon cutting for the Girard Street Senior Apartments will be Thursday, June 16 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM and will be attended by government officials like Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie and others.
If you are interested in the apartments contact Dantes Partners at (202) 536-5777.
After over 5 years of public discourse, the neighborhood has been divided over the proposed 901 Monroe development project. So, readers should need no introduction to the ongoing legal battle between a handful of Brookland neighbors and the development team led by the Menkiti Group over what will happen to the barren fenced lot adjacent to the Brookalnd Metro known as 901 Monroe. At the heart of the issue is whether the development is a moderate or medium density project and whether the Zoning Commission did its due diligence when it gave the go-ahead to the development three separate times . We recently learned from this Washington Business Journal story that:
The court found the commission’s justification “lacking in several respects.” While it will “normally defer to an agency’s decision so long as it flows rationally from the facts and is supported by substantial evidence,” it wrote, it will “not defer, however, to an agency interpretation that is unreasonable or contrary” to regulatory provisions.
“We conclude that the Commission has failed to justify a conclusion that the proposed PUD would be a moderate-density use,” the ruling states.
This decision effectively overturns the Zoning Commission’s approval of the project. Despite the setback, the Menkiti Group Facebook and Twitter accounts had messages suggesting that they will press on with the development.
We plan to move forward with our 901 Monroe St project, despite a disappointing DC Appeals Court decision overturning DC’s Zoning Commission
DC’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the Rehabilitation of the Monroe Street Bridge this Thursday May 12th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. At the meeting DDOT will present design plans and schedule for the upcoming project. It will be interesting to see how things shake out, whether the updated bridge will keep our local character or be updated to more of a cookie cutter style bridge. What are your thoughts? The meeting will be held at the Brooks Mansion (901 Newton Street, NE).
Back in January 2015 we wrote about the big box retailers coming to the nearby Dakota Crossing development in Fort Lincoln. (The development with the Costco.) At that time we knew Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowe’s (already open), Marshall’s and PetSmart were coming. We recently saw on the Gateway To The City DC blog that Starbucks, Chipotle, TGI Fridays “New Upscale Concept ”, and Burger Place are coming to the development, as well as retail stores T-Mobile, Vitamin Shoppe and 5 Below. According to the blog, all of these stores and restaurants will be open within the next 12 months.
Earlier this month we wrote about the coming development at nearby St. Paul’s campus, a large portion of which has already been developed into the Chancellor’s Row community in 2012. According to this recent story in the Washington Business Journal the development will:
…retain the college building for use by a pair of charter schools — Lee Montessori and a start-up high school — and for teacher housing. The Paulist Fathers will be relocated on the campus to a new building, likely in the range of 15,000 to 20,000 square feet. The northwest portion of the property will be developed, in partnership with Elm Street Development, as roughly 80 large, family-friendly townhomes. And the remainder of the site will be left as open space in perpetuity, to preserve the viewshed across Fourth Street.
As with most large developments like this, there will be many hoops to jump through (zoning, etc.). St. Paul’s College is located at 3015 4th St NE. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
It has been a year since we have had an update about the 901 Monroe development at Monroe and 9th Streets NE (site of the former Colonel Brooks’ Tavern).
One thing to note is that the developer, the Menkiti Group, has re-named the project The Ravenna at Brookland Station. We first noticed the name change awhile back on the now defunct website, Elevation DC, and the new name appears on the Menkiti Groups’s webpage about the development. Since the battle over this development stretches back to 2010, I could see the rationale behind trying to re-brand the effort once it gets going. After all, since Colonel Brooks’ Tavern and some of the surrounding houses were demolished in 2013 to prepare for the development, the site has been a fenced-in empty lot, and an eyesore for passerby.
The last update we had about this saga was about the continued 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.
Thanks to reader Kristin who passed along the news that the case is going before the DC Court of Appeals this coming Thursday (Durant v. D.C. Zoning Commission). The frustrating thing about this case, to me at least, is that the Zoning Commission, Office of Planning or Court Appeals have no issue with the development itself, but that the issue is that the court is not satisfied with the way the Zoning Commission has handled the case.
Back in July we wrote about a massive 13-acre new development in nearby Edgewood that will span a 6 block area currently occupied by the Rhode Island Center (the shopping center with Big Lots and Forman Mills). We recently learned from this story in the Washington Business Journal that the development may include a multiplex movie theater. According to the story:
MRP, according to its latest filings with the D.C. Zoning Commission, is negotiating with a theater chain to bring in a nine-screen multiplex with table service during screenings. The theater will be accessible only to those 18 and older unless accompanied by an adult. MRP declined to provide the name of the theater operator.
The development will be built in seven phases, and theater is planned for the second phase. Within the nine buildings planned, there will be 1,500 residential units, a central pedestrian plaza and full service gym and grocery store. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
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