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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Brookland Arts District?

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With all of the buzz recently centered around H Street as the emerging arts destination with the opening of new galleries Studio H, City Gallery and Industry Gallery, the relocation of DC powerhouse Connor Contemporary and the great success of the Atlas Theater, could Brookland be far behind?

In December 2009, the DC zoning commission approved the redevelopment of a five block parcel of land currently owned by Catholic University.  The land, which is adjacent to the Brookland/CUA Metro station will feature a new Main Street along both sides of Monroe Street, from Michigan Avenue to 8th Street, NE, with residential above the ground floor retail.  Local developer Abdo Development will be responsible for the project.

Art will play a central role in this redevelopment effort as Dance Place and Artspace of Minnesota will build an artist housing development one block down on 8th ST NE.  While not affiliated with Abdo, this project will emphasize 8th Street NE in Brookland as an emerging arts destination.

Arts Walk will sit on the vacant block adjacent to the Metro tracks on the north side of Monroe and will extend 8th Street with a pedestrian-only street, connecting Monroe with the Metro entrance. Flanking this pedestrian street will be 27 working artist studios, featuring roll-up glass doors and high ceilings.

"We are currently working with the Cultural Development Corporation  to program this space and they will likely also manage the Arts Walk and be responsible for leasing the space to artists. There will also be a 3,000 sf "Arts Flex Building" at the southeast corner of Monroe and 8th that will accommodate arts functions like exhibitions, performances, and receptions." says Toby Millman, Vice President of Project Development for Abdo Development

Links of some drawings for the overall project can be found here.

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