Tag Archives: Rhode Island Ave

3rd Annual Procrastinator’s Market – Arts, Crafts, Vendors, Santa, Food And More

The Annual  Procrastinators Holiday Market, a free event organized by the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street, is coming up on December 16.  From the event page:

Featuring local arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, holiday card and crafts tent courtesy of Plaza Art, photos with Santa, food + beverages and more!
This is a RAIN or SHINE event, with activities for the entire family.

The market is free and will be held from 10:00 am -8:00 pm at 1300 Rhode Island Avenue NE between Brentwood Road and Montana Avenue.

Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting – Food, Giveaways And Clothing Drive

We thought readers would like to know about this fun way to start off the Holiday season. From the event page:

Join friends and neighbors to kick off the holiday season at the annual Rhode Island Row Tree Lighting! Enjoy live performances from District Dance Arts and Nelly’s Echo, festive food and drink, and free giveaways for kids before helping us count down to the tree lighting at 7:00.

Join us early and enjoy games and giveaways at the WPGC 95.5 coat drive outside Carolina Kitchen! From 10AM-6PM, help spread some holiday cheer to local families in need by donating cold weather clothing and accessories (including coats, hats, gloves, and scarves).

Sounds like a great event!

Long Awaited Rhode Island Ave. Restaurant, Provost, Applies For A Liquor License

Provost with liquor license application placards in the window

Provost, a restaurant that has been in the works for a few years on the 2100 block of Rhode Island Ave NE has applied for a liquor license. We first heard about Provost from this Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider post  back in 2013. At the time, the concept was a health conscious menu with vegetarian options and a rooftop deck.  The last news we heard about it was April 2015 when it was a topic at an ANC 5C 07 meeting. Hopefully things are finally moving forward. From the liquor license application:

A new restaurant serving traditional American cuisine. Seating capacity of 87 inside. Total Occupancy Load of 100. Roof Top Summer Garden with 48 seats. The License will include an
Entertainment Endorsement for the inside of the premises only.

The application requests liquor sales and permission for live entertainment Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am 3 am for the indoors and liquor sales Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 2 am, Friday and Saturday 8 am 3 am on the rooftop deck. Provost will be located at 2129 Rhode Island Avenue, N.E.

DC Eater Article Highlights Dining Options In Langdon And Woodridge

We thought neighbors would be interested in exploring some eats in the Woodridge/Langdon area that perhaps they haven’t had a chance to check out yet, or weren’t aware of. This article in DC Eater came out a few months ago, so forgive us for taking so long to post about it, but we think it is worth checking out. The piece has write ups for the following places:

  • The Public Option
  • Good Food Market
  • Subbs by Carl
  • Nido
  • Zeke’s Coffee of DC
  • Rita’s Italian Ice
  • Deli City
  • Mason Dixie Biscuit Company
  • Harper Macaw Factory
  • DC Brau Brewing Company

It’s great to see these great establishments getting some coverage. Happy eating!

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.

Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Design Meeting Wednesday

1700 Rhode Island Ave NE,the site of the future Ward 5 homeless shelter.

We first started tracking developments regarding the future Ward 5 homeless shelter in February 2016. The last time we wrote about it, in April, the cities request for a zoning change  at the location (1700 Rhode Island Avenue) was approved. Now that things are moving forward, the community is invited to a design meeting. From a community announcement:

Ward 5 Short-Term Family Housing Community Design Meeting Number 2
When: Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 7PM-8:30PM
Where: Brookland Middle School; 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE
Purpose: Share input on the building exterior design and landscaping, and learn how to stay involved as the project moves forward.

For more information, check out this link.

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.

Development Update – Massive RIA Development Breaking Ground In 2018

Site plan for the future RIA development from Mid-City Financial.
Courtesy of Perkins Eastman.

We have been following one of the largest developments in the city, RIA, because its proximity  to  Brookland – on the other other side of Rhode Island Avenue  at 13th Street/Brentwood Rd through Montana Ave NE. With a size of 20 acres, it will definitely impact our neighborhood. (The development project will eliminate the current Brookland Manor apartments and will create almost 2,000 residential units and over 200,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket.) The last time we wrote about the development was in December 2016 when demolition of the Brentwood Village strip mall was set to begin. So, we thought it was time for an update.

Rendering of the Alice and Eugene Ford Senior Building. Image courtesy of MidCity Development.

In May the DC Zoning Commission approved the development of RIA’s first phase, Block 7. Block 7 will break ground in 2018 and includes a 131-unit multifamily building and a 200-unit senior building for residents aged 62 and older (and qualified aides). Last week, the design for a new senior living building was revealed. From the developers website:

The new senior building features:

  • Four-story construction with underground parking

  • Modern fixtures and finishes

  • Multiple elevator bays for improved accessibility

  • Community library area on each floor

  • Relaxing green space including a Zen-style garden and Koi pond

  • Amenity spaces specifically designed for senior needs including a food pantry, exam rooms, community dining facilities, and computer lab

MidCity plans to break ground on The Alice and Eugene Ford Senior Building in Spring 2018. According to Mid City’s website, Block 7 sets the stage for large pieces of the rest of the  development:

Just outside of Block 7, we plan to bring a full-service grocery store, a variety of new shops, restaurants and neighborhood services for the surrounding community.

In addition, we are planning for a large community green and a pedestrian plaza that will enhance the sense of community for RIA and the surrounding neighborhood. RIA will also include a highly connective street grid that includes the introduction of multiple new streets. This green space and plaza will be designed to feature events such as weekly farmers and craft markets and will include a welcoming and safe space for children.

We will keep an eye on this development and let you know when we learn of anything noteworthy.

Massive Rhode Island Ave Development Changes Approach

Rendering courtesy of MRP Realty

We have been following the massive proposed development next to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro stop for over a year now. The 13 acre development will cover about 6 blocks and is planned for the current strip mall anchored by Save-A-Lot, Big Lots and Foreman Mills. In December the development created a lot of buzz when it was announced that Alamo Drafthouse Cinema would join other amenities such as a supermarket and gym.

The developer, MRP Reality has spent 18 months and quite a bit of money navigating the planned-unit development (PUD) process, and received approval for the PUD from the Zoning  Commission in October 2016. That’s why we were surprised to read from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the developer is switching tracks, and pursuing a matter of right development approach, and forgoing the PUD process. From the (pay-walled) article:

With by-right, MRP will not have to return to the commission every time it wants to make a change, as it might have through the PUD process. And it will be largely free of legal challenges…

While building as a matter of right will allow more flexibility, according to the article, the plans for the nine building, 1,550 residential unit mixed use development are not changing (including the Alamo Drafthouse lease). The development will completed in multiple phases spanning 10 years, and is planned to begin summer 2018.

Porchfest This Saturday – Free Music, Dance And Poetry

Porch Fest is an annual free event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place this Saturday April 15  2:00 -6:00 pm. From the event page:

Local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression!

Maps will be available in person at each Porch location during Porch Fest or you can download the map HERE…Check out Facebook for performer details and other insider scoops HERE