Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A "New Georgetown" ... But With Metro!


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.

14 comments:

Scenic Artisan on Mar 21, 2007, 4:10:00 PM said...

wow.

Todd on Mar 22, 2007, 3:42:00 PM said...

Dear God, PLEASE make this happen. This would be such a welcome addition to this side of town. No longer would we in upper NE be forced to drive across town for good shopping/food!!

What is the source for this entry?

Jerome on Mar 23, 2007, 9:19:00 AM said...

This sounds so great. Where can we get more information? Also, any word from the developers on green building technologies being used??? Making this an environmentally project will make it even more of a jewel.

Sarah on Mar 23, 2007, 5:02:00 PM said...

The project will have a green roof and will be made of environmentally friendly material. I will have more information on Monday.

Julie on Mar 24, 2007, 8:31:00 AM said...

This is soo exciting...I work for Whole Foods Market, and I know they are looking for a place to open a new store in NE and SE...I wrote them about this area last year... Maybe this will be the opportunity...

Roy on Mar 25, 2007, 8:43:00 PM said...

I hope this happens, the NE is just dying for something like this. I can't wait for the other developments on New York to get finished too!

Sarah on Mar 26, 2007, 3:11:00 PM said...

In response to Todd's question, I do not remember what the source for this particular project was, it may have been a Zoning Commission agenda or something as simple as a google search. Thanks for your input!

bill mcneal on Mar 28, 2007, 11:22:00 AM said...

I wonder if Vincent Orange will take credit for this great development, the same way he did for the (sarcasm intoned) wonderful current use of the adjacent Metro land with the Giant, Home Depot, and mammoth suburban-style parking lot. Can you believe he's proud of what's currently there?

Sarah on Mar 28, 2007, 1:08:00 PM said...

As promised, here is more info on the green design elements. There will be a greenroof on the retail space closest to Rhode Island Ave. that will be visible to the 2nd-4th residential level units. There will also be a reduction of air pollutants through the use of energy efficient fixtures and appliances. The building's exterior materials will include Hardieplank, which is made from a combination of renewable resources (looks like wood), and cultured stone made from recycled stone and cement. Finally, there is an arborist-certified maintenance plan to protect surrounding trees during construction.

bill crandall said...

Sounds great, for sure. But the mockup is strangely generic in that it doesn't give any sense of how this would fit into what's there now. I mean, for example, it's odd that it wouldn't at least show where this will be in relation to the Metro overpass or the Home Depot.

Hungry for a bit more context...

Anonymous said...

does anyone have an image of the plans that will happen? also, i have heard that they are breaking ground in july, is that true? i want more details, how exciting!!!

Mario said...

Awesome!

bechem on Aug 20, 2008, 7:11:00 PM said...

wow very good project
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Anonymous said...

This is working out well.

 

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