2007-01-30, 11:40

Mixed use near Fort Totten station in D.C.

By: Jonathan Groner
The Washington Post reported yesterday, Jan. 29, 2007, that two major mixed-use projects are planned for the Fort Totten area, near the Metro station there. This area has been down at the heels for some time, and residents are welcoming the new places to live and shop. Where check-cashing storefronts and a discount store now stand, there will soon be a grocery store, a restaurant, and a coffee shop.

One project will be called the Dakotas, and will be located at Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue NE. (Possibly a subtle reference to the storied Dakota building on Manhattan's West Side?) It will be a $300 million project on 9 1/2 acres with 900 condominiums and apartments, as well as retail and restaurant space. According to reporter Dana Hedgpeth's story, prices will range from the high $100,000s for a studio to the high $300,000s for a two-bedroom with den. That's half of what these would cost in Dupont Circle or some other already established neighborhood.

The other project will have 300 apartments and include a pool, a fitness center, and 5,000 square feet of retail.

Hedgpeth quotes an advisory neighborhood commissioner as saying, "The community is very interested in having a good project come to the neighborhood to spruce up that intersection and bring positive changes. . . . We want to have convenient amenities for our residents in a more pedestrian-friendly project."

Mixed use in Fort Totten goes hand in hand with the revitalization of a neighborhood and with development near a mass transit stop.


Blogger eampedu said...

This a wonderful plan for this growing community. When will the condos be completed?

4:45 PM  

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