2006 RIA NE: Old and New

As we await the opening of Good Food Market at 2006 RIA NE, we found a really neat old photo of that location. The photo shows that the Good Food Market building was a hardware store and gas station called Fred M. Haas Hardware in 1924. What’s even more neat is that 2006 RIA NE was a corner location along the Avenue, and the two additional buildings were built later. See the then and now pics below:


Menkiti Developing Rhode Island Ave in Mt. Rainier


As reported by the WBJ, Menkiti Group (a Brookland-based realty and development company) has announced plans to redevelop the 3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue into a mixed-use development.

As proposed, Menkiti is planning to restore the three properties and to create a dozen residential units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space in the buildings. On tap is a 5,500-square-foot hardware store and 12 residential units at 3300 Rhode Island Ave., a 3,110-square-foot ReCreative Spaces arts incubator at 3308 Rhode Island Ave., and a 1,360-square-foot cafe by Englert at 3310 Rhode Island Ave.

So exactly where is 3300 RIA? See the map below:


As, you can see, it is immediately across the border. This development will definitely help bring more activity to the RIA NE sections on the DC-side of the border. Here is what the property currently looks like:

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2321 4th Street NE (4th and RIA NE) is Getting Developed

As the Insider reported several years ago (here), the H Street Community Development Corporation purchased this 40,000 square foot lot in front of the shopping center in the Edgewood neighborhood to possibly redevelop it for mixed-use. Recently, the Washington Biz Journal’s Michael Neibauer reported that:

The H Street Development Corp., with partner E&G Group, will construct a five-story, mixed-use building on this Edgewood lot. The first floor will include parking spaces, tenant offices, loading, retail and tenant community space, and the second through fifth floors will hold 116 affordable residential units— four studios, 70 one-bedroom, 38 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom units. The building was approved in 2012 for six stories and more than 150 units, but the partnership returned one year later with a scaled-down version. More than half of the $30.2 million project will be funded through D.C. Housing Finance Agency-issued bonds.

Here is also a video from Keller Williams highlighting this new development:

2321 RIA

H Street Development Corporation also lists the property on their website with a quick description of the development here (although they put the address as Rhode Island Ave NE… when it is really suppose to be 4th Street NE).

Although construction has not begun, permits are being issued and plans are moving forward for this development. This is good news as we see more and more density projects organizing around the RIA Metro.


Rhode Island Ave FALL FEST!

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Stop by the Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest!



10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rhode Island Ave. NE, between 20th and 24th Streets NE

As described by the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street:

For the last 3 years, the Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest has showcased our beautiful tree-lined commercial district in one of the hottest real estate markets in DC, and has attracted hundreds of visitors for a day full of shopping, food, and entertainment for the whole family. Fall Fest 2014 promises to be bigger and better – more music, more art, more food, and more fun!

Come check it out!

And if you want to check out some details on the previous years’ Fall Fest, look through the Insider’s coverage here and here.


4th Largest Development Coming to RIA NE

One of the largest redevelopment undertakings for Rhode Island Ave NE has just been submitted to the DC Zoning Commission. In fact, the project would be the fourth largest project in DC currently, and will take years to plan and approve. According to this article from the WBJ, Mid-City Financial Corporation has submitted plans to completely redo the Brookland Manor apartment complex and the adjacent Brentwood Shopping Center.

The property is spread across 18 acres, and has been owned by Mid-City since 1977 under a 40-year fixed rate mortgage with the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development, and mainly used for Section 8 housing. This all expires in 2017.

What’s being proposed?

  • 2.3 million square feet of new development
  • 2,235 residential units
  • 201,680 sq ft of retail (including a 56,000 sqft supermarket
  • Parking below grade
  • Acre of community green and an acre of pedestrian walkways

Here are some pictures of what is proposed and what it currently looks like.


Zekes Launching Espressos, Lattes, and Even More

We all knew that Zeke’s DC was a great place to stop in and grab a cup of coffee or bag of their beans to enjoy but now java drinkers will have even more reason to stop by starting Wednesday. The owners of Zeke’s DC recently acquired an awesome Faema E61 espresso machine, which is a REAL espresso machine (not that automated crap at some big name coffee place..Star-something). The baristas at Zeke’s will be using their 1812 Espresso beans for your order, so get on in there and order up some goodness from one of RIA NE’s local coffee shop!

Check out some photos of the machine below and learn more about the E61 here.


RIA Business Chosen By Microsoft

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Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, an “annual, global convergence of Microsoft’s top partners”, launched in Washington, D.C. at the Verizon Center in mid-July and a local Rhode Island Avenue NE business was selected to help keep the hundreds upon hundreds of conference-goers caffeinated for two of the conference days!

Zeke’s Coffee was contacted by the Verizon Center a few weeks before the conference and asked to provide the coffee since Microsoft requested that their java come from local roasters.

“We know that the tech community takes their coffee seriously, so we were excited to caffeinate the event,” said John, Zeke’s DC owner.  “That quantity of coffee was a logistical challenge, but we’re happy to say it was a great success.”

Zeke’s DC brewed more than 1,000 gallons of coffee (540 gallons each day), and had to bring in reinforcements from their Baltimore shop to roast and brew.

As all of us already know, those Microsoft attendees were treated to some great coffee! This is a big congrats to Zeke’s on such a great feat and for being chosen!

John Kepner (l), owner, and Brian Bovard

John Kepner (l), owner, and Brian Bovard


Zeke’s Coffee of DC

2300 Rhode Island Ave NE

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