We have been following one of the largest developments in the city, RIA, because its proximity to Brookland – on the other other side of Rhode Island Avenue at 13th Street/Brentwood Rd through Montana Ave NE. With a size of 20 acres, it will definitely impact our neighborhood. (The development project will eliminate the current Brookland Manor apartments and will create almost 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket.) The last time we wrote about the development was in December 2016 when demolition of the Brentwood Village strip mall was set to begin. So, we thought it was time for an update.
In May the DC Zoning Commission approved the development of RIA’s first phase, Block 7. Block 7 will break ground in 2018 and includes a 131-unit multifamily building and a 200-unit senior building for residents aged 62 and older (and qualified aides). Last week, the design for a new senior living building was revealed. From the developers website:
The new senior building features:
Four-story construction with underground parking
Modern fixtures and finishes
Multiple elevator bays for improved accessibility
Community library area on each floor
Relaxing green space including a Zen-style garden and Koi pond
Amenity spaces specifically designed for senior needs including a food pantry, exam rooms, community dining facilities, and computer lab
MidCity plans to break ground on The Alice and Eugene Ford Senior Building in Spring 2018. According to Mid City’s website, Block 7 sets the stage for large pieces of the rest of the development:
Just outside of Block 7, we plan to bring a full-service grocery store, a variety of new shops, restaurants and neighborhood services for the surrounding community.
In addition, we are planning for a large community green and a pedestrian plaza that will enhance the sense of community for RIA and the surrounding neighborhood. RIA will also include a highly connective street grid that includes the introduction of multiple new streets. This green space and plaza will be designed to feature events such as weekly farmers and craft markets and will include a welcoming and safe space for children.
We will keep an eye on this development and let you know when we learn of anything noteworthy.
We have been following one of the largest developments in the city, Brentwood Village, because its proximity to Brookland – on the other other side of Rhode Island Avenue – will definitely impact our neighborhood. The development project will eliminate 535 mostly affordable housing units and will create almost 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket. Yesterday we got word that the development made a big step forward from this story in the Washington Business Journal. Mid-City Financial Corp., owner of Brookland Manor purchased the strip mall on Rhode Island Avenue NE between Brentwood Road and Montana Avenue (Brentwood Village Shopping Center) for $14.1 million. From the story:
All Brentwood Village leases will be terminated immediately, and the center is expected to be vacant by June 30. Brentwood Liquor is expected to close much sooner, perhaps by the end of January.
For images/renderings of the proposed development check out this link. We will let you know when we learn anything new.
We thought readers would like to know about three ANC meetings this week covering topics important to the future of our neighborhood.
The April 5B05 Single Member District (SMD) will be on Monday, April 13 , at 6:30 PM at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center. Agenda items are:
The massive 1492 space garage we wrote about here. Representatives from Douglas Development will respond to community input on the project and a resolution may be taken up.
The community liaison for the Brookland Middle School, will present a public art project associated with the school.
Current issues in the single member district, including zoning, development and liquor license applications.
There will be a joint 5B03/5B04 community SMD meeting Wednesday April 15th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Brooks Mansion, Brooks Room, 901 Newton Street NE.
The main agenda item is the Brookland Manor development were wrote about here. This is the development project coming south of Rhode Island Avenue at/around 14th Street NE. The development project, if approved, will eliminate 535 mostly affordable housing units and will create over 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket. The developer and his architect will be in attendance. ANC 5B will be considering a resolution that addresses tenant relocation issues, traffic, and community amenities at the April meeting so this will be an opportunity to provide feedback on those or other issues too.
ANC 5E01 is the SMD just over the bridge that covers the area including Monroe Street Market. The next 5E01 meeting will be on Wednesday, April 15th at the Edgewood Arts Center (3415 8th Street NE) from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
The main agenda item is the new development on 8th Street NE we wrote about here.This phase of the Monroe Street Market development is bordered by Lawrence, Kearney and 7th Street NE and will be 45 Town homes with 2 parking spots each.
In early December we wrote about one of the largest potential developments in the city, Brentwood Village, which may be coming to other other side of Rhode Island Avenue from Brookland. According to the Zoning Commission calendar:
Subject Property is currently the site of the Brookland Manor apartment complex and a strip commercial shopping center located at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue, N.E. and Montana Avenue, N.E. The proposed PUD project will create a new community that will be called Brentwood Village. The Applicant will replace all of the existing buildings on the Subject Property and will establish a new street grid with eight new blocks for development and a new centrally located community green and pedestrian walk. The PUD project will include a variety of housing types (multi-family, senior housing, two-over-two buildings, and townhouses) and a retail component divided among the eight new blocks.
The development project, if approved, will eliminate 535 mostly affordable housing units and will create over 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket. The developer is committed to 20% affordable housing in the new Brentwood Village, which is double the amount required by the DC Zoning Commission. It is unclear what will happen in the interim to those currently living in Brookland Manor’s affordable housing units.
If you are interested in testifying at the hearing, or would like more detailed information, click here for the Notice of Public Hearing. For images/renderings of the proposed development check out this link. The hearing will take place on Monday, March 16, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. Due to Section 8 HUD agreements with the property owner, construction could not begin until 2017.
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