Metro picks developer for Brookland property


Metro officials announced Monday that they selected a team headed by MRP Realty and CAS Riegler to build a mixed-use development on the transit agency’s property outside the Brookland station.

Brookland is one of five stations that Metro proposed for development last year. The site is attractive to developers in part because of the Red Line station and its location across the street from one of the biggest developments under construction in the District, the $200 million mixed-use Monroe Street Market.

Developed by Jim Abdo, Pritzker Realty Group and the Bozzuto Group with Catholicy University, Monroe Street Market is well on its way to becoming home to a bevy of new restaurants, a new book store for Catholic University and artists’ housing. Some restaurants and stores are already open and artists are now occupying studios along a pedestrian Arts Walk.

MRP, based in the District, and CAS plan 280 residential units and 9,000 square feet of retail for the Metro property. But getting approval to build on the Metro site may still be difficult though due to neighbors’ concerns about the amount of open space in the area and the height of buildings at the center of what is mostly a neighborhood of single-family detached homes.

Building on Metro’s land is also complex because it often requires a developer to replace whatever parking or access facilities are there presently, either by building them underground or in a garage.

Metro officials, along with D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) moved to assuage some of the community’s anxiety in advance of more detailed development plans.

After neighbors raised concerns about development of the grassy area they dubbed “the Brookland Green,” the transit agency agreed to trade that property to the District for other property that the city didn’t need.

The selection is subject to approval by Metro’s board. Construction could start as early as 2016.

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Jonathan O'Connell has covered land use and development in the Washington area for more than five years.
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