Originally published: Bisnow.com | March 15, 2016 | by: Bisnow Staff
The Rise And Fall And Rise of NE DC
NE DC was a hinterland of the capital as recently as the beginning of the 20th Century, when the area began seeingmassive influxes of Southern black migrants. By the middle of the century, the H Street NE corridor was one of Washington’s busiest commercial districts.
Ironically, the Civil Rights Movement ultimately drove business out of the area. Upscale stores in the downtown parts of DC, seeking to profit from integration, began catering to a black clientèle. Having long been excluded from these prestigious establishments, African-Americans flocked to taste the formerly forbidden fruit, and the old working-class shops on H Street suffered.
But the true demise of Northeast DC as a major commercial center came with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Arson, looting and vandalism devastated the neighborhood, and many parts of the city, and it hasn’t fully recovered since.
That looks to change soon, however, as several massive developments are slated to arrive in NE DC in the near future.
In The Works: The Top Three Developments Coming To NE DC
Rhode Island Ave Center’s redevelopment
MRP Realty, with Sandrock LP and B&R Associates, is nearing completion of the review process for its redevelopment of the 13-acre Rhode Island Center inEdgewood. The developer has proposed a six-block, seven-phase project with 1,500 units of residential and up to 250k SF of retail. Amenities like a high-end theater, a community gym and ample green space will further attract community-minded tenants. The project’s first phase is slated to begin construction in 2017.
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