The 4,300 Units Coming to Eckington and the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor

by Nena Perry-Brown

This week, UrbanTurf continues its 2016 update on what is in the residential development pipeline throughout the DC area by turning our attention to sections of Eckington and the Rhode Island Avenue corridor in Northeast DC, where the developments are few but most are large in scale.

In case you missed them, here are other neighborhoods we have covered thus far:

The 4,300 Units Coming to Eckington and the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor: Figure 1
Rendering of planned project. Click to enlarge

Bryant Street

While this may seem like a familiar refrain by now, this nearly 1,600-unit mixed-use planned-unit development (PUD) is one of the largest slated projects slated citywide.

MRP Realty and B&R Associates L.P. have teamed up to replace the Rhode Island Center shopping plaza with nine buildings worth of residential units and retail. The six-phase project will span six blocks across the street from Rhode Island Avenue Metro station (map) and furnish 1,555 dwelling units, a two-level movie theater, and approximately 2,000 parking spaces, in addition to retail throughout the ground floors of each building.

SK+I Architecture designed the residential component, and the first stage of development will deliver approximately 345 apartments atop 47,000 square feet of retail. Eight percent of the residential units will be set aside as affordable, and this development will also include a retail-framed plaza with easy access to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and a new pedestrian bridge to the Metro station.

The 4,300 Units Coming to Eckington and the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor: Figure 2

Brentwood Park

Adjacent to the Bryant Street PUD, MidCity Financial Corporation plans to develop twenty acres across eight blocks near the Rhode Island Avenue Metro. The first phase of the project, sited between Rhode Island Avenue and Bryant Street from Montana Avenue to Downing Street (map), will include 181,000 square feet of retail below 1,760 rental and for-sale residential units.

Twenty percent of those residential units will be designated as affordable, including a one-for-one replacement of the 535 apartments currently at Brookland Manor. The development will begin razing when current loan and affordable housing agreements expire in 2017. Eventually, there will be apartment-style, senior-, townhouses and duplex-style residences, along with a 56,000 square-foot grocery store and other ground-floor retail.

The 4,300 Units Coming to Eckington and the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor: Figure 3

805-809 Channing Place

Douglas Development is close to completing a residential-only project at 805-809 Channing Place NE (map). The first phase involved retrofitting a four-story industrial warehouse at the site to accommodate 156 apartments.

Now, a six-story building is being constructed with 139 residential units planned atop 58 parking spaces in a street-level parking garage. Amenities, shared between the two buildings, will include a business center, bicycle storage room and shop, dog washing facilities, an outdoor movie screen, and courtyards with outdoor grills and a bocce court. Tenants will be able to maneuver between the buildings via a pedestrian bridge with a pool. Eric Colbert & Associates, GTM Architects and ParkerRodriguez are the design architects.

The 4,300 Units Coming to Eckington and the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor: Figure 4

3rd Street Flats

Just east of the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station in Eckington, the Jocelyn Group is contructing a 12-unit condominium building at 1940 3rd St NE (map). The building, designed by Division1 Architects, will have a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, most with outdoor space. The condos may be ready for delivery by the end of the year.

The 4,300 Units Coming to Eckington and the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor: Figure 5

The Violet

Further down Route 1 at 1515 Rhode Island Ave NE (map), a few blocks from Langdon Park, the Jocelyn Group is also constructing The Violet apartment complex. The five-story project will deliver 20 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units averaging 1,100 square feet each, and the development will be completed in March 2017.

The 4,300 Units Coming to Eckington and the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor: Figure 6

Amida Apartments

Further down Route 1 a few blocks from Langdon Park, Dilan Investments has recently filed a zoning application to replace the vacant house at 1904 Irving Street NE (map) with a 3-story walk-up apartment building. Bentone Design Build is the architect on the project, for which the Office of Planning has withheld design approval thus far based on the building materials. All twelve apartments will be one-bedrooms and there will also be 12 rear parking spaces provided; the project in intended for a 2017 delivery.

The 4,300 Units Coming to Eckington and the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor: Figure 7

Eckington Yards

Although we included this development as part of our NoMa rundown, its location at 1611-1619 Eckington Place NE and 1500 Harry Thomas Way NE (map) positions it as a gateway of sorts to the rest of the development throughout Eckington and Brentwood. The partnership between Boundary Companies, JBG and Eric Colbert and Associates will yield a four-building project totaling 695 residential units.

At this time, those units are still planned as 49 studios, 126 junior one-bedrooms, 229 one-bedrooms, 190 two-bedrooms, 21 three-bedrooms and 76 multi-level units that will be either two or three-bedrooms. The buildings will stand anywhere from 7- to 11-stories high, with up to 77,184 square feet of retail. Additionally, the extension of Quincy Place through the site will enable a “maker space” plaza with ample space for local artisans. The project will deliver 331 spaces for vehicular parking and 237 for bicycles.

This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_4300_units_coming_to_eckington_ri_avenue/11580


  1. thomasp said at 4:56 pm on Friday August 19, 2016:
    I hope to be one of the lucky one's to get a place
  1. TBex said at 2:50 am on Saturday August 20, 2016:
    There are smaller-scale projects too. Like The Violet: http://brooklandbridge.com/13599/the-violet-apartment-building-to-replace-longtime-eyesore-on-rhode-island-ave/
  1. TBex said at 2:52 am on Saturday August 20, 2016:
    And 1904 Irving: http://dc.curbed.com/2016/5/4/11591550/brookland-woodridge-apartment
  1. Nena Perry-Brown said at 7:38 pm on Saturday August 20, 2016:
    Thank you for bringing those projects to our attention @TBex! We have added those as well.
  1. TBex said at 1:01 am on Sunday August 21, 2016:
    No problem. So excited for all these new buildings and new neighbors! Thanks for writing it up and everything else you guys do.
  1. TBex said at 5:00 am on Tuesday August 23, 2016:
    Another one for potential inclusion. Six units at 2909 17th St. NE (http://www.elevationdcmedia.com/devnews/290917th_060815.aspx), behind the proposed Ward 5 family shelter site (which itself may constitute some number of units, I suppose). The skeleton of this building is already up.
  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 3:25 pm on Tuesday August 23, 2016:
    Unfortunately, with the exception of the Eckington Place project, all of these appear to be dismal from an architectural perspective. Developers: Just because these days you can apparently sell or rent just about any apartment, no matter how poorly designed the building, doesn't mean that will always be the case. Residents: Please demand better design!

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