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Development Update: Possible Progress On Longstanding 12th Street Eyesore

Our tweet from January 2015 about the neglect of this property

Long time readers know that we have been writing about the eyesore at 3018 12th Street NE for about 4 years. Now it appears something may be happening with it again. We recently noticed an “Emergency No Parking” sign in front of the former barbershop. The placard indicates no parking is allowed from August – February for a “roll off debris container”, and a few days later a dumpster appeared in the spot. We hope this means that someone will start taking action on this monstrosity. Readers may remember that the last time we wrote about this property in December 2016, it was for sale for $750,000. For those wanting a re-cap, here is a rundown of the building’s history:

  • It was a barbershop for many years

    Recently placed no parking sign
  • In 2013 it was purchased and demolition/build out would occur in spurts. Also, a stop work order was issued at one point
  • In 2015 the owners obtained a permit to convert it to an office building
  • In 2016 DCRA issued another stop work order for a number of violations, not the least of which was that the buildout violated the zoning floor area ratio
  • At around the same time as the second stop work order, it was listed for sale for $750,000. This listing described it as an “investors dream” and “perfect for condo conversion”

We will keep our eyes open for anything new to report. This is what it has looked like for about a year and a half now:

What the development looks like now

Commercial Property At 18th And Rhode Island On The Market for $1.5 Million

We thought neighbors would be interested in knowing that this transmission repair shop on Rhode Island Avenue is on the market for $1,499,000. From the real estate listing:

Explosive Rhode Island Ave NE opportunity ! MU4 site with great potential at a fantastic price. Looking for quick settlement with qualified purchaser in mind, Please call for showings if necessary, as is sale, tenant will stay until shovel in ground for income purposes. $ 4,685.00 per month includes water bill . Potential of Sixteen thousand plus sq ft of buildable structure, Prime Location.

We will let you know when we learn of anything new at the property.

Development Update: 12th And Allison Townhomes May Be Approved By Next Month

Rendering courtesy of EYA and KTGY Group

The last time we wrote about the 12th and Allison development, it was last summer and the development team was meeting with residents and other stakeholders to gather input on their proposal. Based on some push back from the immediate community, the original proposal that was submitted to the City in August 2016 was updated to reduce the number of units from 150 to 82 and a greater amount of green space will be preserved. The updated Planned Unit Development (PUD) was resubmitted in February 2017, you  can see it here. We recently learned from an Urban Turf article that the Zoning Commission could approve the development in the next month. From the article:

In the final design, the applicant and architect KTGY Group amended the materiality and design of the side facade of the end units facing streets and added and revised architectural details to enhance the compatibility of the new houses with the existing rowhouses in the neighborhood. Wrap-around porches will remain on some of the new homes based on recommendations from the Office of Planning, despite that not being a prevalent style in the neighborhood.

The development is bound by 12th, Allison, Sargent, 13th, and Varnum Streets NE. We will keep our eyes on this development and let you know when we learn anything new.

More Mixed Use Development Could Be Coming To The Rhode Island Metro

802-810 Rhode Island Avenue NE is the blue building in center at the corner.

Development near the Rhode Island Metro stop has been picking up serious steam recently. Brookland Press, a recently completed apartment building with about 300 units recently started leasing and a planned 13 acre mixed use development will break ground next summer next to the Metro stop. To add to it, we recently learned from this article in Urban Turf:

The owners of 802-810 Rhode Island Avenue NE have applied for a zoning map amendment that would rezone the block from PDR (Production, Distribution and Repair) to MU-6, changing the matter-of-right usage from commercial and industrial to allow for medium-density commercial mixed with high-density residential.

Those familiar with the building know that it is a part of the Mt. Calvary group of buildings at the Metro. We will keep an eye on this re-zoning request and let you know when we learn anything new.

Nearby NewCityDC Development Moves Forward With $66 Million Land Acquisition

NewCityDC Site Plan courtesy of Antunovich Associates/Douglas Development via Washington Business Journal

We like to keep an eye on major developments going on in the neighborhoods near Brookland, since the they will impact us in one way or another. We first wrote about NewCityDC in February 2016. At that time we were just getting the first look at the 15 acre development which borders New York Avenue, Bladensburg Road and Montana Avenue NE. We recently learned about a major investment in the development, via this story in the Washington Business Journal. Douglas Development recently acquired 9 parcels of land for $66 million to complete the development site (they spent  $8.25 million already acquiring other parcels). From the article:

Within the triangle, the developer intends to build NewCityDC, a 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use project just down the road from its Hecht Warehouse District. According to Douglas’ marketing materials, the vision for NewCityDC includes 422 apartments, 18 townhomes, 550,000 square feet of retail, 156 hotel rooms and 2,900 parking spaces.

The site plan includes a 130,000-square-foot grocery store, a separate 100,000-square-foot retailer, a five-story hotel, a host of restaurants and junior anchors and a movie theater.

We will continue to follow this development and let you know when we learn anything major.

Development Update: St. Paul’s College. ANC Vote Tonight, Zoning Hearing On The 31st

The Chancellor’s Row development was built on St. Paul’s land and completed a number of years ago.

Tonight ANC5E will vote on whether to support, oppose or provide no input to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), which will meet on May 31 to decide whether to approve the special zoning exception requested by the St. Paul’s College development. The ANC Commissioner for the SMD where the proposed development is, ANC5E01 Commissioner Garnett, recently posted this summary of the history, concerns and next steps for the development. From his blog post:

Like many members of the community, I continue to have concerns about the process by which this site was divided and the parcels considered at different times by different bodies. In 2008, the Zoning Commission reviewed case ZC 07-027, which was brought by the Paulist Fathers and their partners EYA. This case only covered the land that became Chancellor’s Row and enabled 237 homes to be built.

Since then, the Paulist Fathers have vacated their building and Washington Leadership Academy and Lee Montessori Public Charter Schools have signed long-term leases to serve 800 students.

The ANC is now asked to consider only the remaining green space, which is the 5.5 acres sited along 4th St NE. The development team of Boundary Companies, Elm Street Development, and the Paulist Fathers is proposing 62 homes and a new 20,000 square foot religious building for the fathers.

It seems to me that a holistic review would not have permitted 300 homes, 2 charter schools in 100,000 square foot building, and a new 20,000 square foot religious building to be built on this site in the way that is currently proposed, especially when compared to the Josephite Site in Brookland or the Redemptorist site in Edgewood. However, the ANC is not the body to make a judgement on the legal process the Paulist Fathers chose to follow.

For more information, you can check out this recent presentation and additional information and documents associated with this zoning request are here.

Brookland/CUA Recent Development Transformation Featured In The Washingtonian

Abdo Catholic University Development Brookland Washington DC
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.