Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Two New Hotels to Join Development of New York Avenue NE


Once described many years ago by a local alternative paper as "The Devil's Bowling Alley" for its long stretch of dilapidated auto lots and boarded-up buildings, things are beginning to look up for New York Avenue NE. The latest news is that the joint venture of Rocks Engineering Co. and SharCon Hotel Management & Development Co. is moving forward on its development of side-by-side hotels next to the National Arboretum at the southeast intersection of New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road in the Ivy City neighborhood. The hotels will both be five-story structures, with one being a 126-room Fairfield Inn & Suites and the other a 125-unit Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites. The hotels take the place of the old, now-demolished Travelodge Hotel (pictured, officially at 1917 Bladensburg Rd NE). Both hotels are expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2008.

The developers are banking on not only the 80,000 vehicles that pass the intersection each day, but also the other major developments planned for New York Avenue NE. The projects (as have been reported in past dcmud postings) include: Abdo Development's $1 billion mixed-use "Gateway" redevelopment project of 17 acres on the north side of the Bladensburg intersection into almost 4,000 residential units, green space, and a grocery (delivery after 2009); MRP Realty’s "Washington Gateway" project, a $350 million, 150-room hotel and 250-unit residential tower development to be located along New York and Florida Avenues NE (2010 occupancy); and New Town Development LLC’s $1 billion redevelopment of the 24-acre Florida Avenue Market, located between New York and Florida Avenues NE, into 1,700 residential units and 330,000 sf of retail, restaurant, and merchandising space.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

This street truly is the gateway to DC, shame that the DC gov has not done more to develop this into a useful or beautiful street; its really quite hideous. Do you have any idea what these new projects will look like? I'm hoping this isn't another Econo Lodge.

Nick on Feb 21, 2007, 11:44:00 PM said...

From what I've seen, they are going to look like your typical Fairfield and Holiday Inns that you'd find anywhere in the suburbs ... nice but not architect-advanced. For NY Ave. at least this will be better than anything else that's gone up over the years past. Am working on finding a usable image...

Jonathan on Feb 22, 2007, 3:57:00 PM said...

Nick, I am with MRP Realty and can send you some images of our Washington Gateway project at NY and Florida Avenues. The Zoning Commission took Final Action last week and approved the project. If you would like some images of the project to post, please send me an email (jlischke at mrprealty dot com).

Colin said...

What is the status of Abdo's project? Is work underway? If not, when?

Anonymous said...

Abdo's NY Ave project was approved by the Zoning Commission earlier this month. Design and permitting will take about 12-18 months at which time deomolition would begin.

Anonymous said...

I really look forward to abdo's gateway project to begin. I think it will have a very positive impact on the the surrounding neighborhoods especially Trinidad. Does anybody know if Abdo has drawings of the proposed plan available for us to view?

Nick on Feb 23, 2007, 4:31:00 PM said...

Hopefully we'll start seeing some designs being released now that the project has been approved. We will work on getting these and having a story soon.

Anonymous said...

What is being built near this site on Bladensburg Rd between to Mt Olivet Cemetery & the Yellow Cab Company?

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