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.
Based on the positive feedback we have gotten on our blog posts about development projects happening in other parts of Ward 5, we figured we would keep them coming. After all, these developments, although not in Brookland, will have impacts, positive and negative, on our quality of life.
We recently learned about a huge development planned for nearby Eckington, that runs close to the MBT/MetroTracks, bordered by Q Street NE, Eckington Place NE, and Harry Thomas Way NE, (close to the New York and Florida Avenue NE intersection) . We thought neighbors would appreciate an overhead shot of where this would be so we created the above pic (yes, we know it’s not great, LOL). According to this story in the Washington Business Journal, the 3 acre development, called Eckington Yards:
… is proposed to include 695 residential units in four connected buildings, up to 77,184 square feet of retail (with an optional mezzanine level), 331 underground vehicle parking spaces and 237 bicycle parking spaces.
You can see renderings of the development here. The proposed development will:
- Target “craft” businesses like distilleries and artists/artisans
- Feature green roofs and roof top pools
- Have a pedestrian walkway/central plaza through the whole development
So far, we don’t know if the residential units will be apartments or condos. We will follow up with updates when we hear anything big.
Back in April 2014 we wrote about the potential sale of St. Paul’s College. While we don’t have an update on whether the college has actually sold yet, or to whom, we have heard that there are potential plans for the development of the remaining grounds of the campus. Area residents may remember that a large portion of the campus was developed into the Chancellor’s Row community in 2012.
Thanks to reader Ed who passed along a meeting notice from ANC 5E01 Commissioner Steiner, which read, in part:
Please be advised that the Developer, Boundary Companies, who intends on developing the rest of St. Paul’s property is on the ANC’s Public Monthly Agenda for March 15th.
The meeting location is Friendship-Armstrong Public Charter School in the cafeteria – 1400 1st Street NW [1st & P Street]; we start at 07:00 pm.
St. Paul’s College is located at 3015 4th St NE. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
We are a little late in getting this out, and this is beyond the greater Brookland area, but we thought the NewCityDC Development was too big to not pass along to readers who have not heard about it yet.
NewCityDC is a 15 acre development project bordered by New York Avenue, Montana Avenue and Bladensburg Road NE. According to this article in the Washington Business Journal, it will have a mega sized grocery store, big box retail anchors and junior anchors, a movie theater, a bank, and more than a dozen restaurants for a total of 550,000 square feet of retail. There will also be a 108-room hotel, 200 apartments and 2,800 parking spaces. Check out the series of renderings in the article, which adds:
The site plan includes a large pedestrian plaza toward the southern end of the site, three pocket parks and an extended 17th Street NE moving east-west through the property.
While this is a really large development in and of itself, it is really just a piece in the over all re-development of the Ivy City area that is already underway.
Ever been curious about regulatory processes around developments such as Planned Unit Development (PUD) and Zoning changes? The Neighbors of St. Joseph’s Seminary is hosting a presentation for community members – “PUD and Zoning 101”. The presentation will occur Saturday, February 6, 2016, starting at 3 PM, in the Ground Floor Lecture Hall of Providence Hospital. The goal of the presentation is to educate residents about the PUD and zoning process in DC. Check out the flyer below and their website for more information. On a related note, this story in the Washingtonian is making the rounds in the neighborhood, it is about the multiple developments in the Brookland area taking place on properties affiliated with the Catholic Church.
Our recent blog post about the proposed 12th and Allison development at St. Joseph’s Seminary generated a lot of interest from our readers. We recently saw a notice about the meeting schedule for residents interested in providing feedback and learning more, so we thought we would pass the information along. From the notice from developer EYA:
We wanted to invite you to a follow up community meeting in regards to the planning and design of the 12th and Allison development at the St. Joseph Seminary. In addition, below is a list of upcoming meetings with various neighborhoods and community organizations…We are very excited to share the progress we have made at these meetings and to continue the dialogue we have had to date.
Michigan Park Citizens Association Meeting
Date: February 2, 2016
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: Auditorium at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Elementary School, 3700 Oakview Terrace NE
Description: EYA will attend the regularly scheduled Michigan Park Citizens Association meeting in February.We will give a presentation providing background on our firm and general information about the 12th and Allison development. We will also respond to questions and comments from the community in advance of sharing the more detailed updated plan on February 18th.
Queens Chapel Civic Association Meeting
Date: February 8, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Union Wesley AME Zion Church, 1860 Michigan Avenue NE (side entrance)
Description: EYA will attend the regularly scheduled Queens Chapel Civic Association meeting in February. We will give a presentation providing background on our firm and information on our plan for the St. Joseph Seminary. We will also respond to questions and comments from the community in advance of sharing the more detailed updated plan on February 18th.
EYA-Hosted Community Focus Group
Date: February 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Ground Floor Lecture Hall at Providence Hospital, 1150 Varnum Street NE
Description: EYA is hosting this meeting as a follow up to the ANC 5A03 meeting we attended in December. We will present an updated more detailed plan and seek input from community members on the design of the project, park space amenities, street network, and community benefits.
Tour of Chancellor’s Row
Date: February 20, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location: Chancellor’s Row (near Regent Place NE and Chancellor’s Way NE)
Description: Chancellor’s Row is a 237-unit EYA project completed in 2014 in the Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood about one mile south of the seminary. Please join us for a tour of the community to get a closer look at a nearby EYA project. We will return to the St. Joseph Seminary after the tour where we will answer questions from 11:30– 1:30 and discuss 12th and Allison with any neighbors and community members who would like to stop by or were unable to attend the tour. Coffee and snacks will be served. For the tour, please RSVP to Info@12thandAllison.com and we will send more details closer to the tour date.
Coffee at the St. Joseph Seminary
Date: February 20, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM –1:30 PM
Location: 1200 Varnum Street NE
Description: EYA will return to the St.Joseph Seminary after the Chancellor’s Row tour where we will answer questions and discuss 12th and Allison with any neighbors and community members who would like to stop by or were unable to attend the tour. Coffee and snacks will be served.
North Michigan Park Civic Association Meeting
Date: March 2, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Community Room 2 at North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson Street NE
Description: EYA will attend the regularly scheduled North Michigan Park Civic Association meeting in March. We will give a presentation providing background on our firm and information on our plan for the St. Joseph Seminary. We will also respond to questions and comments from the community.