It’s been about a year and a half since we wrote about a development that some neighbors may remember was called Channing Place. The development, now called Brookland Press, is two buildings joined by an enclosed walkway and is situated very close to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop, and along the Metro tracks. Residents will begin moving into one of the buildings in a few weeks and the other building will be completed at the end of July. This article from Busnow has a lot of details and photos, including:
The community’s other amenities, available to residents of both buildings, include a fitness center and yoga studio, a rooftop deck, an outdoor pool, a business center with a conference room, a cybercafé, a pet spa and grooming station, and a lounge with a fireplace, a bar and a dining area…
…The community has studios ranging from 377 SF to 609 SF that start at $1,795 a month, one-bedrooms from 516 SF to 848 SF starting at $2,135, one-bedrooms with a den from 752 SF to 941 SF starting at $2,485 and two-bedrooms from 800 SF to 1,121 SF starting at $2,725.
The development’s name is a nod to the history of one of the buildings, which once housed a printing press.
Several readers have asked us why a large warehouse along the Metro tracks near Rhode Island Avenue has been torn down and another is surrounded by construction fencing. Up until recently, we didn’t know the most recent plans. Readers may recall that more than 2 years ago we posted about potential plans for this site that were not quite as nice as the new ones, and called for apartments with large parking lots. Speculation about what would happen with this site is not new. The company that owns the property, Douglas Jemal/ Jemal’s LLC, has been sitting on it for over 12 years, and as this City Paper article about the site noted years ago, there are tax implications for letting blighted buildings sit without any plans for development. In any case, we are happy the new project is moving forward, it looks very nice. Since the last time we wrote about this potential development site, the developer has secured a change in zoning from industrial to commercial, and they can move ahead with the project as a matter of right (meaning no community input is required).
So, it turns out that the new development plans call for a residential project consisting of two six-story buildings. The development will include condominiums and no retail spaces. The development team presented their plans at the ANC 5B meeting on November 14th and just recently ANC 5B04 Commissioner-elect Joe Barrios uploaded the Channing Place design presentation to his website, you can find it here. The presentation is worth a look, it is 22 pages long, and has a lot of renderings. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
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