Back in May we wrote about a two acre park planned in nearby Eckington along the Met Branch Trail. We figured readers would be interested in an update even though this is beyond Brookland – the plans look great! We recently learned more details from this article in Urban Turf including playgrounds for various age groups from 2 to 5+ years of age, and an amphitheater with food kiosks and an event lawn. Sounds like a promising resource for the greater area. We will keep an eye on park progress and let you know of any news.
Based on the positive feedback we have gotten on our blog posts about development projects happening in other parts of Ward 5, we figured we would keep them coming. After all, these developments, although not in Brookland, will have impacts, positive and negative, on our quality of life.
We recently learned about a huge development planned for nearby Eckington, that runs close to the MBT/MetroTracks, bordered by Q Street NE, Eckington Place NE, and Harry Thomas Way NE, (close to the New York and Florida Avenue NE intersection) . We thought neighbors would appreciate an overhead shot of where this would be so we created the above pic (yes, we know it’s not great, LOL). According to this story in the Washington Business Journal, the 3 acre development, called Eckington Yards:
… is proposed to include 695 residential units in four connected buildings, up to 77,184 square feet of retail (with an optional mezzanine level), 331 underground vehicle parking spaces and 237 bicycle parking spaces.
You can see renderings of the development here. The proposed development will:
- Target “craft” businesses like distilleries and artists/artisans
- Feature green roofs and roof top pools
- Have a pedestrian walkway/central plaza through the whole development
So far, we don’t know if the residential units will be apartments or condos. We will follow up with updates when we hear anything big.