One view of the Brookland project by Abdo Development
The gentrification wave’s moving up and over to Northeast.
Earlier this week, the Zoning Commission granted preliminary approval to two huge projects that will transform Brookland and Fort Totten, the Washington Post reports. “To receive final approval, the groups behind the projects, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation and Abdo Development, must submit information to the commission about the community benefits they plan to provide, zoning officials said. Final action is scheduled for Dec. 14,” according to the Post.
I’ve written extensively about both these projects. So if you’re just hearing about them now, here is some more information:
First, Art Place@Fort Totten: The proposal included plans for 929 units of housing, a children’s museum and a grocery store. Already, there have been several reports that the Fort Totten locals don’t really understand what’s happening.Certain area residents are supposed to move to make way for construction in the neighborhood, but they’re balking.
Second, there is Jim Abdo’s mixed-use project, which will be built on land previously owned by Catholic University and right across from the Brookland Metro Station. There will be 83,000 square feet of retail and 725 to 825 housing units, plus nearly 30 studios for local artists to work and sell their pieces.