Last month, the city released a new vision for Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast. We read it, so you don’t have to. This area, subarea 2, includes the southern edge of leafy Brookland, home to many a pleasant bungalow, copious Jesus and Mary figurines, and Catholic institutions both large and conspicuous and small and tucked away.
This region is slated to receive far less new housing than the first one, which also favored for-sale properties over rentals. (Possibly because it’s closer to a Metro, and more desirable?)
Here, the city’s looking to add nearly 400 new rental units, and roughly 261 for-sale homes. The area will have no new offices and far less retail than the aforementioned first area around the Brentwood train station.
Highlights from the plan:
One major development—-the Brookland Square project—-is already in the works and will be completed at the above site, north of Rhode Island Ave. It will hold 257 apartments and 245 parking spaces, and the traffic patterns and zoning in the surrounding area will be reconsidered to “encourage more housing development to support retail.”
For this site (above), there’s a recommendation of “at least 120 mixed income apartment/condominiums, 50 stacked townhomes on Saratoga and Evarts Streets NE, over 35,000 square feet of retail fronting onto Rhode Island Ave.” including a pharmacy and a grocery store of 8,000 to 20,000 square feet (rather petite compared to Mt. Vernon Square’s new Safeway of 57,600 square feet).