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Massive Brookland Manor Apartments Redevelopment Project Scaled Back by 21%

The 20 acre Brookland Manor apartments complex and adjacent Brentwood Village Shopping Center redevelopment project, owned by Mid-City Financial Corp., has been scaled back by 500 units due to pressure from the city. The city’s concern was that the initial massive plan was ‘too intense’ for the NE DC area where it is located.

The project will still cover 8 blocks of new development but will provide a lesser 1,760 residential units and 181,000 sq. ft. of retail space. No buildings will be allowed to rise above 65 feet, down from its initial 90 foot limits.

Brookland Manor currently includes 19 garden apartment buildings (525 apartments) spread across 18 acres. The site is generally bounded by Rhode Island Avenue, Montana Avenue, Downing Street, 14th Street, Saratoga Avenue and Brentwood Road.

Mid-City’s founder acquired Brookland Manor in 1977 under a 40-year fixed-rate mortgage with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The complex includes 373 Section 8 units, and Mid-City will retain at least that many units as deeply affordable, that is, below 50 percent of the area median income. All Brookland Manor residents will have the right to return to the new Brentwood Village.

Revised project plans for this massive Northeast project

“This project will fix the urban design and site planning mistakes of the past, will create a truly mixed-income community, and will create a significantly safer environment for the existing Brookland Manor residents and future residents of the new Brentwood Village,” said Mid-City Financial in their official press release in the project revised plans.

Make sure you #FollowDevelopment if you’re a homeowner or thinking of becoming one in the Eckington / Brookland / Brentwood areas in the future!  “We coach our savvy first time buyers and move-up purchasers to #FollowDevelopment as it gives you a chance to watch where the city is investing heavily in redevelopment. You need to stay somewhat ahead of the curve on what’s going on as you decide where to put your housing dollars.”

Those watching the Rhode Island Avenue Metro area should take note of The Chaplain, a small upcoming residential project of (14) BIG 2BR 2BA residences. “Construction is nearly complete; we did builder tours last week and helped make decisions regarding kitchen cabinets, countertops, etc. for this new project,” said Gerard DiRuggiero, Principal Broker of UrbanLand Company. “This is ground-up construction, so home buyers will find nice, large square living areas, big bedrooms and floorplans that allow you to rent to a roommate. These are over 1,000 sq. ft. units!”

Priority List is available at Those seriously interested in pursuing a unit from the initial release should check out New Construction Buyer Registration, a free UrbanLand Company service that gives you strategic representation in the purchase of one of these upcoming new homes.

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