Following the development trend of its neighboring New York Ave. metro stop, if all goes according to plan the area surrounding the Rhode Island Ave. metro will soon be turned into Brentwood Town Center, a mini-village with a “main street” and town-house style buildings.
Described as a renaissance for the area, the project’s 370,000 sf will include 274 rental apartments and 70,000 sf retail space that will spread along Rhode Island Avenue NE and surround the entrance to the metro station. The plan will include a number of small buildings as opposed to two or three larger structures, giving the project a Georgetown-like appearance and allowing for color and architectural diversity. Developed by Rhode Island Avenue Metro, LLC, the combination of Mid-City Urban and A&R Development, the mixed-use pattern received zoning approval at the March 12th DC Zoning Commission hearing.
Victoria S. Davis of Rhode Island Avenue Metro, LLC said the project has been endorsed by several organizations including the Washington Smart Growth Alliance as being a smart growth project that is transit-oriented and that will transform the neighborhood into a “vibrant new community on the city’s Northeast side.” Planned adjacent to the Home Depot-Giant shopping center, the town center will include two parking garages with over 400 parking spaces for retail and residential uses as well as parking for metro customers.
According to Caroline Kennedy, a development associate for Mid-City Urban, LLC, the land is still owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. However, it is being leased to the developer under a long-term ground lease. The project is set to break ground in early 2008.