Transit and trail-oriented mixed-income housing to replace ugly strip mall in DC

Plans for a massive new development planned along Rhode Island Avenue NE in Washington, DC include affordable housing, new connections to a large nearby apartment complex, and links to an important bike trail.

Rhode Island Center is a roughly 1,600-residential unit mixed-use development that will rise on the site of the Big Lots and Forman Mills between the Metropolitan Branch Trail and 4th Street NE.

This is the ideal transit-oriented development for the region: lots of housing, both affordable and market rate, a block from the Metro on a site that is currently a suburban-style strip mall.

To top it off, it includes needed pedestrian and cycling improvements to the surrounding area.

The affordable housing in Rhode Island Center’s later phases will see slightly more units going to needier families, with 5% for those in the lower income bucket and 3% in the higher one.

Image credit: MRP Realty.

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