Developers Purchase Retail Property In The Rhode Island Place (Home Depot) Shopping Center

According to a story in the Washington Post Business Section, two different developers have purchased property in the Rhode Island Place shopping center. While the shopping center is probably best known for the Home Depot, it is a separate entity and was not involved in any purchases. Once parcel of land purchased is called the Brentwood Shopping Center, and currently contains the TJ Maxx, Foot Locker, Radio Shack and CitiBank and equals 57,529 square feet of retail space. I wouldn’t get too excited about it being transformed into something new soon though, as an earlier WaPo article about the property noted that the spaces are fully leased and those leases would have to expire or be renegotiated to even begin something new. Another developer purchased the property that contains the Giant supermarket. Again, it appears that the developer isn’t looking to make major changes there soon either. Personally, I avoid shopping the Giant as much as possible. So, while this news may be kind of a nothingburger, it was still interesting for me to learn that 1) the retail properties are broken out this way 2) investors are interested in RIA even if it is long-term. I am guessing that the level of success of the Rhode Island Row development may dictate how quickly these other developers move on making changes. Quite frankly, what is really needed is an overhaul of the whole retail and parking layout. For a location directly on the Metro, it is not pedestrian friendly at all, not to mention the vast, impervious waste of space that is the parking lot. We will keep our eyes on things and keep you updated.

(Hat Tip: Friends of Rhode Island/FoRIA)

Union Market To Open A Restaurant By Renowned Chef John Mooney In Spring Of 2013


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Bar at Bell, Book and Candle (Image courtesy of Bell, Book and Candle)

EDENS, the company that manages Union Market recently announced an exciting new restaurant for the market space. John Mooney, the chef of the future restaurant, is a big proponent of sustainable cooking . For example, he bases his menus largely around the produce grown on a rooftop garden above his current restaurant, New York City’s  Bell, Book and Candle. Chef Mooney plans to have a rooftop garden at Union Market as well, and most menu items will be purchased directly from other Union Market vendors. The menu for the Union Market restaurant will be contemporary American, with seasonal changes. The image above is of the bar at his New York restaurant, we will let you know when we have more info about the Union Market space.

Monroe St. Market’s Artswalk (Catholic U) Development To Start Taking Artist Studio Applications

Monroe Street Market Rendering Courtesy of Abdo and The Buzzuto Group

Abdo and the Buzzuto Group, the developers of the Monroe Street Market (the development abutting Catholic U), are rapidly completing the Artswalk, which will contain 13,000 square feet of art space in the way of 27 artist studios. The vision for this area is a thriving arts community, with an outdoor stage for live performances, seasonal outdoor market, and a destination for art collectors to interact with the artisans in their studios. To help bring this vision to life, the developers are teaming up with Cultural DC, who will act as a liaison between artists and the developers and will assist in evaluating artist applications for studio space. They are looking for a wide variety of artists, including jewelers, photographers, painters, ceramics artists, sculptors, film artists, design and fashion artists. The application process will start with the Request For Proposals (RFP), to be released on November 26th. The application deadline is February 1st, 2013 and it is anticipated that artists will take occupancy in the summer of 2013. The studio spaces will range from 300 – 625 square feet, and will line the ground floor of the Artswalk, as depicted in the rendering above. The studios will feature garage style front doors facing the pedestrian walkway, high (17 – 25 ft.) ceilings, concrete floors, and some will have back porches facing the Met Branch Trail. The goal is to establish an anchor for the arts at below market rental prices. The rent for the studios is expected to start at $365 a month (not including utilities). For information on applying for studio space contact Rose Hagood, at (202) 315 – 1337 or email rose (at) culturaldc (dot) org.

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Monroe Street Market Sample Studio Foor Plan, Courtesy of the Buzzuto Group Management Company

Brookland Pet Of The Week – Toby!

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Toby is a border terrier who is cute as a button! But don’t let his looks fool you, he is fearless and full of energy. Toby was rescued from a high kill shelter on the day he was going to be put down, and he was originally found abandoned at a check cashing store. Anyway, he left all that in his past and now he is a loving, playful dog who cuddles with anybody he can! If you would like your pet featured here, contact us via our contact page.

ANC 5A07 Meeting – 901 Monroe Development, SMD Border Changes

On Wednesday, November 28, the Final  Community Meeting of the current ANC Single Member District 5A07 will take place. After December 31, 2012, the current SMD  Boundaries will change. Here are the topics to be discussed:

  • Announcements
  • Redistricting of the current SMD 5A07  (Newly elected 5B02, 5B03, 5B04 commissioners are invited)
  • Animal Control (DC Dept. of  Health /Animal Services Program)
  • Public Space Filing: 901 Monroe development team presentation
  • Curb Cut Application (1244 Monroe St. NE property owner)
  • Community Concerns/Discussion

The meeting will take place in the basement of the Guildfield Missionary Baptist Church – 1023 Otis Street, NE from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. (Enter through parking lot.)

Real Estate Watch – Renovated Brookland Home Sells for $600,000 (4 Bed, 4.5 Bath)

Some lucky new neighbor will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner here!

Well, that didn’t take long! We posted about this renovated home at 1003 Evarts St. hitting the market less than a month ago and it sold yesterday for $600,000. If you ask me, a  fantastic bargain considering all that you get with the home, the prices across the city, and considering the home is a stones throw from the RIA Metro and the best pizza in DC.

Save The Date – Greater Brookland LGBT Holiday Party On Saturday December 15th

Every year the greater Brookland (yes, including Edgewood, North Michigan Park, Eckington, etc.) LGBT  community throws an AMAZING holiday party. Everybody is welcome. This year the party will be on Saturday December 15th, starting around 7:00 pm. The address is 2110 3rd St NE

Snacks will be served. Please bring a drink to share. Questions? Ask via our contact page.

Hope to see you there!

Casey Trees Honors Veterans With Tree Planting At Ft. Myer

I had the pleasure of participating in yet another Tree Planting event organized by Brookland’s own Casey Trees. Last Friday, just after Veterans Day, dozens of volunteers met at the parking lot in front of the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer to plant 21 trees. As always, breakfast was provided and hot coffee and tea helped to fight the cold morning hour temperatures. We didn’t have to wait long to be reminded of the special location where we were. The Old Post Chapel is the location of many funerals for those interred at Arlington National Cemetery.  Just after 9:00 am the first funeral procession left the Chapel and passed us at a distance of just a few feet. It was a very humbling experience to see the horses and carriage carrying a casket draped with the US flag heading towards the burial site. We stopped our work a second time and silently witnessed a procession half way into the tree planting event. Representatives of Fort Myer shared with us that each week the chapel is the site for about 80 funeral services. This is why we were there, to help give the green space that faces the Old Post Chapel a more dignified and defined look. One special aspect of the treescape design was a row of Cherry Trees, which have been grown from cuttings taken from some of the original Washington DC cherry trees. I am sure this will look quite beautiful once the trees are in bloom.

The pictures show that it didn’t take much digging and moving around for some layers of clothes to come of. The sunshine did it’s part and it turned out to be the perfect day for a tree planting event. After all trees were planted and their watering bags were filled, the volunteers and the Casey Trees Team enjoyed a wonderful lunch, which is always provided after a planting event.

The planting season is almost over, but if you are interested in participating in a Casey Trees planting in the future, or learning about trees at one of the classes, workshops or online chats, keep checking out the calendar on the website. Here are some more pictures from this great event at Fort Myer: