Tag Archives: Development

WMATA Chooses Developer For Lots East Of The Brookland Metro Station

Brookand Green, a great community resource!
Brookand Green, a great community resource!

When WMATA announced in November of 2013 that it wants to develop their property east of the Brookland Metro Station, residents launched an amazing effort to save the Brookland Green. As a result WMATA and the District of Columbia agreed to a land swap and the Brookland Green will not be part of the planned development.

Today WMATA announced it’s choice for the development project. MRP Realty won the bid.

MRP Brookland

MRP Realty has not reached out to the community for feedback during the bidding phase. The rendering above does not give us much to judge on, so I surely hope that WMATA and MRP will invite the community for a dialogue and discussion about the details of the development project.

June ANC 5B Meeting This Wednesday – Crime, Education And Parking

The June ANC 5B Community Meeting will be held on Wednesday. Here are the details and agenda items for the meeting:

ANC 5B Boundries 2013
ANC 5B Boundries


Date:         Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Time:    6:30PM – 8:30 PM

Place:      Turkey Thicket Recreation Center 

Host Commissioner:     Jenese L. Jones 5B05




  • MPD – Ward 5 Commander Dierdre Porter

o   A Response to Neighborhood Concerns- Summer Safety Tips

  • Ward 5 Board of Education Representative Mark Jones

o   “The State of Ward 5 Education Report”

  • Department of Transportation

o    Residential Parking Division

  • Menkiti Group/ Dantes Partners

o    Request for Curb Cut 14thandGirard St. Affordable Senior Housing

  • Mr. Martin Booker

o    Director of Food and Nutrition Programs – Martha’s Table, Inc.

  • Community Concerns
  • Follow-Up Report From 7-11 Development on 12th and Otis Street, NE
  • SMD Reports

Community Meeting With Presentation and Discussion About Senior Residence Development Planned For 16th and Girard St. NE

16th and Girard
16th and Girard

I am sure there are many Brooklanders who have questions, concerns or suggestions regarding a development that is planned for the corner of 16th and Girard Street. Anybody who would like to get more details about the project, who would like to see rederings and plans, and who would like to be able to ask questions to the developers directly, will have the chance t do so this Saturday. Here is the invitation to the meeting from ANC 5B03 Commissioner Michael Morrison:

Saturday June 21, 11 am – Community Meeting with Menkiti Group / Dantes Partners at 3401 8th Street NE (Menkiti Offices) for Developers to Present 16th & Girard Affordable Housing for Seniors Development Plans and Seek Community Support for Curb Cut Request

Wednesday June 25, 6:30 pm – ANC 5B June Public Meeting at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center 

Hello neighbors,

Please be advised that there will be a community meeting with developers Menkiti Group and Dantes Partners in regard to their plans to construct an affordable housing for seniors residence on the southwest corner of 16th and Girard Streets NE. The developers have architectural/design plans to present to the community and will be available to discuss community questions and concerns. Likewise, the developers are seeking community support for a request for two curb-cuts on the property — 1) a curb-cut to access the 16th Street parking/delivery/trash pick-up underground garage; and 2) a curb-cut along Girard Street where the developers plan to place the front entrance / pick-up/drop-off area (looping east from the location of the current driveway).

The developers will be presenting at the June 25th ANC 5B Meeting at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center where they will request a letter of support from ANC 5B for their DDOT curb-cut application. The meeting will start at 6:30 pm.


Michael Morrison,

Commissioner ANC 5B03

Real Estate Watch: City Paper Names Brookland 2013’s “Most Transformed Neighborhood”

Brookland Sign Monroe Street MarketLike it or not, no one can claim that our neighborhood isn’t changing rapidly. We learned this morning that Brookland won the City Paper’s Plexie Award for Most Transformed Neighborhood. The Monroe Street Market development, pictured above, is a big reason why. Here is the explanation behind the award:

It’s a hidden gem no longer. Brookland, with its quiet streets and gorgeous detached houses, was largely off of most Washingtonians’ radar, to the delight of residents who enjoyed its low housing prices and rents. Then came Monroe Street Market. The $200 million project, partly complete now, will include three buildings with more than 550 apartments, artist studios, a Barnes & Noble bookstore, a Busboys and Poets, and a restaurant from the owners of Meridian Pint—all on a formerly desolate patch of land right by the Brookland Metro station (technically on the Edgewood side of the tracks, but who’s nitpicking?). No wonder home prices in the neighborhood have already jumped, by various estimates, between 13 and 39 percent.

Do Big Box Stores Belong In Brookland? Bring Your Opinion To Tuesday’s BNCA Meeting

The next Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) meeting will be on Tuesday, October 15th at 7:00 pm.  Agenda items for this month’s meeting include:

  • Presentation from the law offices of G. Macy Nelson concerning the upcoming Zoning code changes, specifically concerning big box retail
  • An update from the study committee on the subject of BNCA re-incorporation under federal non-profit codes
  • Friends of Noyes Park presentation
  • More information about an upcoming neighborhood cleanup
Please see the agenda below. The meeting will be held at the Howard Divinity School, 1400 Shepherd Street NE in the Faculty Dining Room (Basement level, room 78).
BNCA October Agenda

ANC 5A07 Meeting – 901 Monroe Development, SMD Border Changes

On Wednesday, November 28, the Final  Community Meeting of the current ANC Single Member District 5A07 will take place. After December 31, 2012, the current SMD  Boundaries will change. Here are the topics to be discussed:

  • Announcements
  • Redistricting of the current SMD 5A07  (Newly elected 5B02, 5B03, 5B04 commissioners are invited)
  • Animal Control (DC Dept. of  Health /Animal Services Program)
  • Public Space Filing: 901 Monroe development team presentation
  • Curb Cut Application (1244 Monroe St. NE property owner)
  • Community Concerns/Discussion

The meeting will take place in the basement of the Guildfield Missionary Baptist Church – 1023 Otis Street, NE from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. (Enter through parking lot.)

Monroe Street Market/Catholic U Development Clears The Way For A Stretch Of The Met Branch Trail

Brookland Met Branch Trail NE Washington DCLast week, the vegetation between the “C” block building of the Monroe Street Market (Catholic U) development and the Metro tracks was cleared. While normally I am not a fan of clear cutting in the name of development, a lot of it was overgrown shrubs and vines, and with the exception of two smaller evergreens,  I don’t think there were any true viable trees in the bunch. The good news is that this area will become a stretch of the Met Branch Trail and will connect with a part of the MBT that exists now, which is routed along a sidepath of John McCormack Road on Catholic U’s campus. This will bring the trail one small step closer to being a completely off-road trail. I am hoping/assuming that there will be quite a bit of re-planting once the trail is complete, as the renderings of the development show a line of trees along the border of the property and the Metro tracks. I am not sure when this stretch of the MBT will be complete, but since the C block is slated to be delivered by June/July 2013, I am assuming it will be ready by then or sooner. So, as a reminder, here is how the MBT is supposed to look when complete (lower left of the rendering below).

Brookland Development NE Washington DC
Monroe Street Market C Block/Artswalk Rendering Courtesy of The Bozzuto Group.

BNCA Meeting Saturday- DC Zoning Changes And Updates On Noyes, Turkey Thicket Renovations

 The November Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) meeting will have two special guests:

  • Dan Emerine, DC Office of Planning – discussing chnages to DC’s zoning regulations, such as land use, development, building heights, parking, sustainability, neighborhood character and preservation, and the role of community groups and residents in development decisions.  Learn about how these changes are likely to affect Brookland.
  • Jackie Stanley, DC Department of General Services with an update on Noyes Park and Turkey Thicket Playground Renovations

Meeting Info:

Date:     Saturday, November 10, 2012
Time:     10:00 AM
Location:     Howard University School of Divinity, 1400 Shepherd Street, NE

Little Ricky’s Cuban Restaurant Coming To Brookland Soon

Ahmed Gomez Brookland NE Washington DC
Ahmed Gomez’s “Riding a Fibonacci Sequence”

We spoke with Lola and Chase, owners of Little Ricky’s, a Cuban-American restaurant coming to 3522 12th St NE. Like with most new restaurants in the District, the various bureaucratic hurdles have made it difficult to predict an exact opening date. When pressed, they said to expect a hard announcement in the coming weeks, with a probable opening date in late September or early October. What we know for sure is that it will be a sit-down restaurant and that they will initially be open Friday through Sunday; till the kinks are worked out and they are able to establish their optimal hours of operation. One of the more exciting aspects of the restaurant is their commitment to bringing the artwork of established Cuban and Cuban-American artists to their space. The first artist featured will be Ahmed Gomez. His website describes his works as:

“An ongoing relationship between my personal history, the formation of my early years in an environment surrounded by art influenced by Social Realism and the iconic illustrations of the 1920’s-50’s. They are a juxtaposition of pictorial layers, coexisting with several realities, a dialogue between the ideas of the vanguards and the Pulps Comics & Pin-Ups. They connect in an intertwining game. I want these ideas to trigger new reference points, and stimulate critical commentary on the painting as either an element of value or a visual interpretation of cultural representation.”

One thing is for sure – this is a great indication of Brookland’s promising future. Many Brooklanders are clamoring for a variety of options in dining, so we are sure the restaurant will be well supported. We will keep you updated as we get closer to Little Ricky’s grand opening!

Casey Trees – Transforming 12th St. In Eco-Friendly Ways

When we moved to Brookland a few years ago, we were skeptical about the abandoned gas station at 12th and Irving – less than a block from our new home. Then, we were beyond delighted to find that not only did Casey Trees establish their headquarters at 3030 12th street, but they began turning the old gas station into a “tree annex” for trees waiting to be planted. Their transformation of the gas station is nearly complete, and we couldn’t be happier.

As you can see from the “before and after” photos below, Casey Trees has truly beautified and revitalized a good stretch of the 3000 block of 12th St NE. But more than that, their headquarters is a showcase for water retention and green design. With the help of  the District Department of the Environment  they have reduced water run off by capturing and redistributing water. The new tree annex, still under construction, will utilize solar electricity for more than half of its needs. Most importantly, Casey Trees  provides a model for small-scale commercial development right here in Brookland that others can follow. Mark Buscaino, Executive Director of Casey Trees, was kind enough to answer some of our questions about the new development below.Casey Trees Tree Lot Brookland NE Washington DCCasey Trees Headquarters Brookland NE Washington DC

Casey Trees Headquarters Brookland NE Washington DC

Why did Casey Trees decide to be headquartered in Brookland?

 Casey Trees looked in all eight Wards for over four years to find a suitable home – over 50 properties in total.  We were having a difficult time locating a spot that offered convenient access to all parts of the city for our tree planting work, the right amount of space with room to grow, and most important for our staff and class and program participants – suitable public transit.  Fortunately we found all that and more on 12th Street.

 Now that you have settled in, has anything surprised you about the Brookland community?

 The neighborhood has proven to be a great place to locate an organization like ours. Neighbors have been extraordinarily friendly and generous; people are very respectful of our work and our mission, and; many of our staffers have found homes right in Brookland – we couldn’t ask for more.

 Tell us a little bit about the transformation of your tree lot on the east side of 12th St. Did the fact that it used to be a gas station pose any issues?

 When you purchase a former gas station property you’re faced with some very tough choices.  While restoring such a property is a huge benefit to the community and CT wanted to do its part, it’s an expensive proposition and you never know what you’re going to find.  After several months of thoughtful deliberation we decided to take a calculated risk, and with a lot of pro-bono legal assistance from a lawyer who eventually joined our board, we were able to make it work – and work very well for us I might add.  When I look at what that lot is like now, with our new Tree Planting Annex almost compete, and think about what it used to look like when we first moved in – I’m amazed. 

When can we expect the construction to be complete and what will the space be used for?

Completion is slated for late October. Our new Tree Planting Annex will house our entire Tree Planting Department and all their tools and equipment and temporarily hold the hundreds of trees our team plants every spring, fall and winter.  It will house 15 staffers, and more than 50 percent of its electricity needs will be satisfied from solar power generation. A special thanks goes to the District Department of the Environment for helping us pay for those panels! 

If you could get one message across to our readers about the importance of the DC tree canopy what would it be?

In our data-driven world, we have come to think of trees in regard to their environmental benefits and that’s great.  But trees are more than just energy-saving, pollution controlling and storm water management “devices”.  They represent a part of our communities that enrich our lives in ways we are still only learning about. They encourage human interaction, calm our nerves, reduce stress and make our homes and streets beautiful places for ourselves, our friends, neighbors and children.  Without them we lose not just cooler streets and cleaner air, but beautiful neighborhoods and inviting spaces for weekend walks and quiet moments on a porch swing.  And it’s up to all of us to preserve this identity that D.C. has had since its founding.  Nothing is permanent – not even a tree – and we need everyone’s help to keep them healthy and abundant for generations to come.