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Brookland/CUA Recent Development Transformation Featured In The Washingtonian

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Before and during the Arts Walk construction

The Washingtonian followed up a recent article about relationships between DC Universities and their respective neighborhoods with another shorter article about how colleges are transforming the neighborhoods around them through development projects. Catholic University, Gallaudet and University of Maryland are discussed. We thought readers would be interested in giving it a read, from the article:

The development opened in 2014 and was a boon for a previously underserved neighborhood, adding amenities such as Starbucks, Busboys and Poets, and Barnes & Noble. Of course, those things help real-estate values, too—prior to Monroe Street Market, in 2013, the median home price in Brookland was $375,000. In 2016, it was $520,000.

Brookland’s New French Wine Bar, Primrose, To Open In Late Summer

Primrose – coming late summer 2017

In November we wrote about Primrose, a French wine bar coming to Brookland. We recently learned more details from this Citi Paper story. From the article:

The wine bar with an anticipated opening date of late summer will have a feminine, French feel. [co-owners] Zutant and Winter went on a research trip to Paris, where Winter says she fell in love with the easy-going bistros. She’ll carry out the design of the wine bar.

“We want to be just a French neighborhood wine bar slash bistro,” Winter says. “We don’t want it to look like it was plucked out of France and put here, want to have our own touches, but there are a few nods to France.”

Primrose will seat 94, including an outdoor patio and will be located at 3000 12th Street NE (northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets).

Development Update: Dakota Crossing – Big Box Anchors Open, Smaller Shops Coming

It’s been a while since we checked in on the Dakota Crossing development (the development with the Costco), so we thought

Dakota Crossing under construction, view from New York Ave/Rt 50

neighbors would like an update. By now, all the big box anchors, Costco, Lowe’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Marshalls and PetSmart are open.

According to this story in the Washington Business Journal:

The latest tenants to sign long-term leases at The Shops at Dakota Crossing are Starbucks, Five Below, Vitamin Shoppe, Panda Express and T-Mobile, making the development nearly 90 percent leased, according to its owner.

Smaller shops under construction. View fro the Costco parking lot.

These stores should open by early 2017. We haven’t heard any more info on the “upscale” TGIFridays that was supposed to be in the works about a year ago, but one full-service family friendly restaurant and a few other eateries are expected in any case. We will keep an eye on things and let you know when we learn anything new.

Longtime 12th Street Eyesore Development On The Market

We tweeted about the neglect at this property almost 2 years ago.

The development project at 3018 12th St. NE (between Hamlin and Irving Streets) has been dragging on for years. It used to be a barbershop for many years, then it was purchased about 3 years ago and the build out began. Since that time, the development has been issued stop work orders and the site has gone idle and been an eyesore for months at a time.

The last time we wrote about it, in December 2015, we cited this article in the Washington Business Journal that stated the development may finally be moving forward since it had been permitted to be an office building. After that, construction moved forward in fits and spurts. This fall, neighbors advised us that they contacted DCRA because of suspected violations with the development. We contacted DCRA in mid November to see if there was any news and they informed us that an inspector would be out shortly. Soon thereafter, the property was listed for sale for $750,000 as a residential property with the following description:

What the development looks like now

BUILD TO SUIT! Bring your imagination! Currently zoned as a C1. Building sold w/ plans & permits. Perfect for 3 large high-end Condos. Minutes to Catholic University. Perfect for Condo Conversion. Just a block from major shopping/entertainment district! Extremely high footage. Investors Dream.

Shortly after hitting the market, on December 9th, a fresh new stop work order was issued by DCRA, citing the following violations:

  • Work performed without a building permit (expired permit)
  • Failure to obtain required inspections
  • Zoning floor area ratio violation
We aren’t construction experts, but this foundation does not look good.

It is hard to believe that this development can simply be purchased and move forward without major modifications and re-work, as you can see from the pictures, and given the stop work order.  We will keep an eye on this property and let you know when we learn anything significant.

Retail Space And Shipping Container Apartments Coming To Lot Next To Menomale

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Container ship development rendering courtesy of Hinds Development and Travis Price Architects via Urban Turf

A lot of readers may already know about this development, but since  the story broke while we were on our “blogging break”, we thought it would be worth posting for those who who were unaware. A lot of neighbors have asked me over the last year about what is going on with the vacant medical building and parking lot at 1201 Franklin St NE (next to Menomale) that closed a while back. For a while there were rumors that it would be yet another a 7-11 (please no) and although we were able to find an approved permit to gut the interior of the building, we didn’t know what would happen there until this story at Urban Turf. According to the article, the planned development will be retail space along 12th Street NE with 4 two-bedroom apartments made out of shipping containers behind it. From the article:

The shipping container homes will have loft living rooms, private balconies and will be passively solar heated. The planned completion date is next year.

Generally speaking, I am a fan of shaking things up, so many new residential developments are boxy condos or uniform looking rowhouses. But, it’s really hard to tell from the renderings if these will be cool and refined or something we consider an eyesore in 10 years. What do you think? We will keep an eye out and let you know when we learn anything new.

12th & Allison Townhouse Development Update And Open House Tonight

EYA developers will unveil their latest updates to the proposed 12th & Allison NE townhouse development a community open house tonight. Readers may remember that this is the proposed development on the grounds surrounding the St. Joseph’s Seminary that we wrote about here and here.

According to a recent community announcement,  the number of proposed homes was reduced from 150 to 82,  3 acres of publicly accessible open space will  remain, historic preservation will be sought of the St. Joseph’s Seminary building, and  community amenities will include a Capital Bikeshare station, park areas with climbable art and sculpture for kids, and public art.

The meeting will be tonight, Tuesday July 12 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Seminary (1200 Varnum Street NE). Check out the flyer below for more info. If you can’t make it tonight, EYA will be giving presentations at upcoming Michigan Park Citizens Association, North Michigan Park Civic Association, Queens Chapel Civic Association, Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, and ANC 5A meetings. You can also sign up to receive updates about this project here.  We will let you know when we hear of other significant updates.

12th and Allison Development

REI Hosts ‘100 Days Of Outdoor Recess’ Ahead Of NoMa Flagship Store Opening

Take the MBT right to the REI store

Many ourdoorsy Brooklanders are eagerly awaiting the opening of the NoMa REI store at First and L Streets NE.  The store, which will occupy the location of the former Uline Arena, is hosting a series of events to get folks excited about the outdoors – like campfires, outdoor movies, and classes related to hiking, backpacking and kayaking.  Check out the 100 Days Of Outdoor Recess REI website here for more details. Some activities are free and some have a fee. Check out the Uline development project here.

(Hat tip to Hill Rag.)

Howard University School Of Divinity Development Moves Forward

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HUSD building

The roughly 20 acres of grounds surrounding the Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD), located at 1400 Shepherd Street, NE have been rumored to be developed for years. Now several recent community meetings have shed some light on the planned development and the process moving forward. As for the HUSD building itself, it closed last summer and needs renovations estimated at over more than  $20 million.

Howard University has partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to engage community stakeholders about the development which has already included interviews with community stakeholders and residents. As part of their outreach, the community is invited to take this survey to give feedback on what they would like.  Thanks to the commenter below who let us know that the community survey is now closed.

The property is located in the 5B-02 Single Member District of ANC 5B of which Commissioner Ursula Higgins is the single member district commissioner. If you would like to get on her email list about the development sign up at 5b02@anc.dc.gov.

We will let you know when we here anything new.

Brookland’s Stone Straw Building On The Market For $6.5 Million

Back in July we wrote about the possible sale of the Stone Straw building. At the time, we knew that WMATA was planning on moving the Metro Transit Police functions that happen there to another location and sell the building to a developer at some point. We recently read that the building is now for sale and WMATA is seeking bids for the property starting at $6.5 Million. More details from this story at the Washington Business Journal:

The overall Brookland property consists of two parcels totaling 28,000 square feet, improved with the historic, 68,700-square-foot Stone Straw, a two-story annex and surface parking. The building was constructed in the early 1930s for the Stone Straw Co.

Here are few  pictures we took of the historic building this summer.

The Stone Straw building is located at 900 Franklin St. NE along the Franklin Street Bridge near 10th street NE, beside the Metro tracks. We will let you know when we hear anything new.