Category Archives: Development

Development Update – Perry Row To Deliver 6 Townhomes Soon

Photo of Perry Row development taken yesterday
Photo of Perry Row development taken yesterday

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…

The units will start in the $700,000 range.

Development Update: 9 Unit Apartment Building Coming To 12th And Girard NE

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).

We reached out to ANC Commissioner Joe Barrios to see if he had any additional details, he said:

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.

Development Update: Brooks Row Condos By Lock 7 Development

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

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.

Development Update: Gallery Towns, Monroe Street Market Townhomes

Image courtesy of Abdo Development

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.

Metro Seeks Developers For Two Brookland Land Parcels

Photo courtesy of City Paper
Photo courtesy of City Paper

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.


Construction To Start On Senior Housing Development At 16th And Girard NE

Senior Housing on Girard
Rendering courtesy of Menkiti Group

Last March 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 from this posting at Elevation Media DC that construction will start soon and that the 4 story, 25 unit building will be completed about a year from now. According to the story:

The building will have mostly one-bedroom units, a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, an exercise/yoga studio, walking trails in a garden and a few parking spots. District agencies will determine rents, eligibility and tenant selection.

We will let you know when we learn anything new.

84,000 Sq. Foot Property At 13th And Rhode Island For Sale/Development

Since at least 2007, the vacant lot at 1300 Rhode Island Ave NE has had a sign asking us if we were “Hot Enough?” because $75 million mixed use development “Brookland Square” was coming.  Well, not really, the funding for the Brookland Square development fell through many years ago. Then the property hit the market again in 2011, but the “Brookland Square” sign stayed up, fading a little more with each passing year. Yesterday, we were  interested to see that MAC Realty Advisors (who listed the property back in 2011) replaced the sign with a new “for sale” sign. It didn’t take much imagination to expect that this 84,856 square foot, commercially zoned  property would see some movement towards development, being that it is directly across the street from one of the biggest development projects in DC, Brentwood Village. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Land Sale Sign at 13th and Rhode Island, NE
Land Sale Sign at 13th and Rhode Island, NE

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.