Sunday, June 17, 2007

New Name, New Town Center for Rhode Island Metro


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.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

A&R Development has a web link at http://www.ar-companies.com.

Nick on Jun 17, 2007, 10:39:00 PM said...

Thanks for the catch - that link got overlooked. And they have another view of the project on the site - thanks!

Anonymous said...

I bet they'll have amazing HVAC. I hear some top notch engineers are working on it...

mfaith said...

thank god. that station is currently a pedestrian nightmare for people who want to head up to Giant or Home Depot.

 

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