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Large Mixed Use Development On Rhode Island Ave NE Has Zoning Hearing Today

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

Back in August we wrote that the owners of 802-810 Rhode Island Avenue NE applied to rezone the property from commercial and industrial use to medium-density commercial and high-density residential usage. We recently learned that the Zoning Board will hold a hearing about the request Thursday February 1st at 6:30 pm. According to the public notice, the property is about 21,677 square feet and you can get a better idea of the proposed zoning change via this slide deck.  Those familiar with the building know that it is a part of the Mt. Calvary Church group of buildings near the Rhode Island Metro. We will keep our eyes on this and let you know when we hear anything new.

Large Development Projects Moving Forward In Nearby NoMa

Market Terminal development, image courtesy of R2L Architects

We thought neighbors would appreciate an update on some of the large development projects happening in the nearby NoMa neighborhood. We recently learned from an article in the Washington Business Journal that the recent purchase of a 98,000-square-foot warehouse property for $56.5 million will clear the way for the Market Terminal development. The land purchased is a couple of blocks west of Union Market and bordered by the Metro tracks, Florida Avenue NE and Morse Street NE. From the article:

Market Terminal is approved for more than 1,100 multifamily units, 52,000 square feet of retail, office and a hotel.

In another Washington Business Journal article, we learned that another large NoMa development has chosen a hotel and that construction will begin this year:

The 204-room boutique hotel will be only the fourth to carry The James brand. It will serve as the hotel component of the 780,000-square-foot Armature Works project, a mixed-use development to include a 465-unit apartment building, a 170-unit condominium building, outdoor public spaces and 42,000 square feet of street-level retail. 

Between these and other developments in the NoMa area, it seems like we will barely recognize the place in a few years.

Development Update: Long Awaited Marriott Hotel Development May Be Moving Forward

Image courtesy of Buchanan Partners and Pinkard Group

We have been following the potential development of a  hotel/conference center at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Irving Street NE for a few years now. We recently learned from this article in Bisnow that the development could finally be moving forward in the next 12 to 14 months. The first phase would deliver a Residence Inn/Courtyard Marriott 260-room hotel with 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a restaurant. Approvals for the conference center have expired and appear to be scrapped.

The second phase of the development would be a 600,000 square foot mixed  use project with ground-floor retail topped by residential units. Additionally, there may be additional phases with residential,  hotel or office space.

Interestingly, according to the Bisnow article:

Instead of going forward with the PUD plan, the team decided to file a map amendment to rezone the property to MU-5-B, which allows for commercial and multifamily uses and building heights up to 75 feet. The team then plans to build by-right under that new zoning, avoiding the PUD process all together. McAdam said it chose to do this in part to avoid the appeals that have delayed more than a dozen approved PUDs throughought the District, but the primary reason was to allow more flexibility for the project’s future phases.

This is similar to the 13 acre development next to the Rhode Island Metro that decided to change plans and go with by-right zoning, as we posted back in June. As always, we will keep an eye on things and let you know when we learn anything new.

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.

First Look: Potential Retail Space Concept At 12th And Franklin

We recently posted that the shipping container condo development originally planned for 1201 Franklin Street NE is probably not happening.Now, we have a better idea of what might be coming to the corner of 12th and Franklin via these renderings from the agent managing the property for Rosenthal Associates. Looks like the parking spaces remain, it will remain one floor, and the building will have lots of front facing windows. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Howard Divinity School Development Moves Forward And ANC Meeting To Discuss It

Rumblings about development at Howard University’s 23 acre School of Divinity property have gone on for years.  The last time we wrote about it,  in June 2016, the University was engaging community stakeholders about the potential development. We recently learned through this article in the Washington Business Journal that the University has selected a developer to oversee the project. From the article:

D.C.-based FLGA LLC Real Estate Group and Orlando-based ZOM Living will immediately begin their due diligence and master planning activities for Howard’s East Campus, the university announced. The property, at 1400 Shepherd St. NE, is largely vacant land with three existing structures, two of which are historic and will be retained. The divinity school operated there until 2015.

On Wednesday November 15 there will be an ANC5B Meeting from  6:30 – 8:30 pm at John Burroughs Elementary (1800 Block of Newton Street NE). Howard University guests will discuss latest steps in development of Howard Divinity Campus.

The Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) is located at 1400 Shepherd Street, NE. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

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.