Sunday, June 17, 2007
As first reported in dcmud back in March when it won zoning approval, big plans are in the works for the area immediately surrounding the Rhode Island Metro station in Northeast DC, with the then-named Brentwood Town Center by developer Rhode Island Avenue Metro, LLC (the combination of Mid-City Urban LLC and A&R Development) looking to emulate the successful Bethesda Row and Shirlington mini-village concept with a “main street” and town-house style buildings. But while the plans remain, the name has now changed. The $96 million Rhode Island Station project, as it is now known, will contain a total of 370,000 sf and 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 complex will feature a number of small buildings as opposed to two or three larger structures, allowing for color and architectural diversity. In addition, 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. The developers expect to have letters of intent from national businesses for 50 percent of the retail space by the end of this summer. The land for this project is owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, but is being rented to the developer under a 60-year ground lease. The project is set to break ground in early 2008.