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Development Update: Armed Forces Retirement Home Seeks 80 Acre Mixed Use Development (Again)

Zone A, in grey, is the area to be developed. Image courtesy of the General Services Administration (GSA).

It’s been almost two years since we have had an update on the potential development 80 acre plot on the property of the nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home (also known as the Old Soldiers’ Home).  We recently learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that:

The AFRH is gearing up to issue a solicitation to develop, under a ground lease, a mixed-use project on about 80 acres of its 272-acre campus by North Capitol and Irving streets. It hopes to use funds from the effort — a development perhaps approaching 5 million square feet — to shore up its budget.

The federally owned property provides over 400 units of independent living for military retirees and has been attempting to develop this land for a number of years now. While not in Brookland, the development would be nearby enough and large enough to have impacts on our neighborhood. We will keep an eye on this latest try and let you know when we learn anything new. You can check out the solicitation documentation here.

President Lincoln’s Cottage Bourbon And Bluegrass Event Showcases Local Gem

Although not in Brookland, one of our local gems worth checking out is nearby President Lincoln’s Cottage. The Cottage is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life. Lincoln lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency at the Cottage, where he visited wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated former slaves, and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Recently we attended the Cottage’s Bourbon And Bluegrass  annual event and enjoyed live bluegrass music, Woodford Reserve bourbon cocktails, lawn games, and stepped back in time to the historical roots of this great location. Check out the pics below. (The side show requires flash, if you can not see the  photos, open the folder on Flikr here.)

Shout out to local bluegrass musicians By & By and Ezra Deutsch-Feldman and  Rocklands Barbeque food truck for making it a great day.  (All proceeds from ticket purchases went toward the preservation efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage.)

Check out Cottage tours here, upcoming events and programs here,  and follow them on Facebook and on Twitter. President Lincoln’s  Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.