97°Mostly Cloudy

Groundbreaking of Rhode Island Station on Tues.

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2010 at 12:33 pm 19 Comments

This is going to be, “a $107 million public-private mixed-use transit-oriented development that will bring a 24-7 town center development to the Rhode Island Avenue corridor in northeast Washington, D.C. Ground will be broken for 274 Class A apartments, 70,000 square feet of main street retail, and a new Metro commuter garage.”

This area of Rhode Island could definitely use some upgrades.

View Larger Map

  • and…

    We can look forward to our ANC reps blocking all restaurants, prefering liquor stores and chinese takeout places because they preserve the character of hte neighborhood.

  • I’m looking forward to the increase in my property values due to this development and to the development in NoMa. Eckington is a great investment right now.

  • M

    Who is the developer?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Sorry about that:


  • Native American JD

    Apartments? Seriously? Give me affordable condos for federal workers god dammit!

    • JS

      These exist, they’re just across the river.

  • Badger

    Wow. I used to shop at the Safeway there back in 2001 or so. It was funny because I would often bump into John Ashcroft there. I think he and I were the only people not using foodstamps.

    I think, then, that I was the only person not using government money. +1 that!

    With all of the recent developments in DC, I ask a simple question….Where do the poor people live now?

    If I am poor and in DC, do I actually have any place to live anymore? Gentrification is great for property owners but low income renters need a little robbery and a little crime to keep the rent within their means. They don’t need new developments that take everything out of their reach.

    • Ragged Dog

      If you’re an existing low income renter, you have a rent controlled apartment; always have in DC. If you’re trying to move to DC as a low income renter, then you need to rethink why you’re moving to DC.

      And this land isn’t currently being used for renters. So there’s a net gain in overall housing in the city. More supply for a given amount of demand.

      And after 40 years of building apartment “slums” to warehouse poor people, we’ve decided that it doesn’t work. So now, we hold back a percentage of apartments in new buildings for low income. It’s socially more responsible because it doesn’t hide poor people from middle class people.

      • Tres

        Rent control applies only to landlords who own more than 4 rentable units in DC. When you sign a lease in DC, that’s when rent control will begin to take effect. Each year, your rent increase is limited to the consumer price index, plus 2% or so. So in effect, the most your rent can be raised is about 2% in inflation adjusted dollars a year. You have to research your landlord to find out if he’s subject to rent control. If he is, you might be able to rent that Petworth studio for 10 years before it becomes substantially more difficult to make payments. That’s assuming you receive no merit raises in that period.

    • Los Politico

      You should read the new Brookings report on Metro America. The poor have increasingly left the core of DC-Arlington-Alexandria and now live in the burbs, mostly outside of the Beltway. I think it was something like 100,000 less “poor” people in the urban core and 200,000+ more poor people in the surrounding suburbs.

  • Ragged Dog

    Great location for development. The current commercial there on the north side of the street is a disaster. I always wondered why it survived for so long.

    That old warehouse would have made a heckuva loft condo building though.

  • DL

    Extremely pleased this is not happening in my neighborhood. I think this type of bulk development leads to cookie-cutter, over commercialized look and feel to what might otherwise be a more genuine neighborhood. Look what happened to U St. Perhaps some people like it, but I think slow growth yields a better aesthetic than throwing in a bunch of local chain restaurants, apt buildings and all the typical suburban amenities.

    • Anonymous

      You’re right. U St is the WORST. So bland. So like every suburban stripmall in middle America. No character or edge whatsoever.

      Are you kidding?

    • Los Politico

      What chain restaurants on U street? The 30 year old McDonald’s? U street has taken decades to transform- basically since the Green line dig out.

      You are an idiot.

  • Anonymous

    Seeing the actual development its pretty limited. The aweful strip senter with the liquidation store and the safeway are not part of it (isanyway to give a posthumus horses ass award to the architect of that?). Perhaps its just a start, but it seems that area needs a master plan that ties both sides of RI Ave and both sides of the metro/CSX tracks together. Otherwise it will always be a hot mess.

  • This development is in the commuter parking lot at RI Ave metro station. I consider this development a good deal overall. I just wish they would make the buildings a little taller because it’s right next to the metro.

  • kk

    I wonder how new St. Martin projects in Eckington will effect the value of these apartments?

  • Maire

    I have to agree with the poster who mentioned the over-commercialized look of mass developments. Look at the southwest waterfront area. It’s Silver Spring’s twin. Yuck. I hope they can do a good job preserving the urbanity (word?) of the Rhode Island Ave corridor while making some improvements for residents. Is there a way to block off a certain number of storefronts for local or independent business so we don’t get Quiznos/Staples/Subway/etc? I wish they had done that when developing the Waterfront/Riverfront area.

  • Nikki

    Huzzah! Between this and the development in Brookland, I am very happy about my potential property values.


Subscribe to our mailing list