District Plans to Swap Land to Preserve Brookland Green

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From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) announced a plan for the District’s Department of General Services (DGS) to swap unused parcels of land in exchange for the Brookland Green site owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

WMATA plans to redevelop the land adjacent to the Brookland Metro Station. Those plans originally included redeveloping the Brookland Green, a parcel of land that contains mature trees. Although the development immediately adjacent to the Brookland Metro station is generally favored, many residents and Councilmember McDuffie opposed the plan to redevelop the Brookland Green site.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to craft an agreement that will allow development to continue but will also save this important green space,” noted Mayor Gray. “While improving and diversifying the District’s economy has been one of my top goals, we’ve worked hard to preserve and grow green space as part of our Sustainable DC plan.”

“I welcome additional commercial amenities in the Brookland neighborhood; however, it is important that projects achieve an appropriate balance between development, and the preservation of a neighborhood’s character and historic features,” stated Councilmember McDuffie.

Under the proposed agreement, the District would assume control of the Brookland Green site, leaving the remainder of the land to be developed by WMATA.”

6 Comment

  • brookland_rez

    This is a good deal. While I’m very much for more density around the metro station, we do need to preserve some green space.

  • Sounds like typical mumbo jumbo – so most have no idea if this is good or bad. Can anyone give us the actual facts?

  • Brookland is going to get a lot denser in the next 10-15 years. There’s still lots of empty lots and space for major infill development. I think it will be more along the lines of big apartment buildings near the Metro and more townhouses/small condo conversions in the quiet neighborhood. Not sure if there’s an apt comparison to anywhere else in the city – perhaps it will be more like Silver Spring or MD suburbs?

    • I agree that there are lots of possible development sites in Brookland, but I don’t see how it would look anything like Silver Spring. For one thing, D.C.’s building height restrictions won’t allow it. More importantly – as evidenced by the Abdo development and the dispute over the Green – residents here are organized, engaged, and insistent on smart, well-thought-out development that adds to the neighborhood’s character rather than obliterating it as MoCo has done. Also, I don’t see the whole condo conversion thing happening anytime soon. Places like Bloomingdale and Eckington are seeing a lot of that because they’re mostly built out with historic row homes. Brookland has a good number of auto repair shops and empty commercial and industrial space that could be converted into larger condo buildings (there are two examples that are about to break ground on 12th St even as we speak).

      • brookland_rez

        Jackson Flats is going in at 12th and Jackson. I noticed they tore down the auto repair shop at 12th and Franklin. Do you have any info on what’s going in there?

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