It appears that the Shops at Dakota Crossing is becoming a reality after a long wait. The 43 acres that will make up the Shops, to be located less than a 1/2 mile from Bladensburg Road NE in the Fort Lincoln neighborhood, will have access from New York Avenue/Route 50 and South Dakota Avenue NE. According to the Fort Lincoln New Town Corporation, the general contractor, Harvey Cleary Builders, plans to start clearing and grading the property in the spring of 2011 and the stores are to open in the summer of 2012.
The stores are the ones we long thought would go there. There will be a 154,000 SF Costco; 136,000 SF Target; 55,000 SF Shoppers; 28,000 SF Marshalls; and the remaining 57,000 SF will be small shops, banks, and restaurants. In addition to providing to stating that they will provide 1,200 full time, permanent jobs, they also claim that the big box anchors will have LEED certifications.
Although this is not the redevelopment of Rhode Island Ave NE, I think it plays a significant part in this area’s revitalization which will have a positive effect on all of us along RIA. With the development of the RIA Metro station area on one end and this development on the other end, all we have to do now is fill in the middle.
***NOTE: Thank you to one of our favorite readers and commentators of Rhode Island Insider, Roy, for providing the details for this post.