Rhode Island Avenue, NE / Brentwood

Located along The Rhode Island Avenue corridor in northeast DC, the neighborhood of Brentwood is fast emerging as a major destination for retail and commerce with the Rhode Island Metrorail Station at the epicenter of this transformation.

As one of Pierre L’Enfant’s original streets, Rhode Island Avenue serves as a major commuter corridor, joining the heart of downtown DC to the heavily populated Maryland suburbs.

Transit-Oriented Mixed-Use Development

  • Bryant Street (redevelopment of Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center) will feature up to 1,600 residential units and 275,000 SF of retail, anchored by a 9-screen, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Phase I is scheduled to start in early 2019.
  • RIA (redevelopment of Brookland Manor) will consist of 1,760 residential units and 181,000 SF of retail and is supported by a $47M TIF.
  • Brookland Press delivered 295 apartments in 2017.
  • Barrow Milestone, developed by H Street CDC, delivered 116 affordable apartments and 5,000 SF of retail/ restaurant space in 2016.
  • Israel Senior Residences—a new four-story, 47-unit senior housing complex—was built in 2016.
  • Boundary Companies (1 acre), Jack Sarf’s Franklin & Rocky Properties (2.75 acres), and Trammell Crow (1.2 acres) made land purchases along Reed Street in 2018.

Great Streets Retail Small Business Grants

Rhode Island Avenue, NE is a designated Great Streets corridor. As funds become available small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs. In 2018, up to $50,000 was awarded per location.

Rhode Island Row

The neighborhood’s “town center” features 274 apartments and 70,000 SF of retail/restaurant space. Anchor tenants include The Carolina Kitchen, Chipotle, CVS, the Department of Motor Vehicles, Dunkin’ Donuts and Sala Thai.


  • 172,000+ residents within a 10-minute car ride
  • 38,700 average daily traffic counts (Rhode Island Ave., NE)
  • Detailed demographics

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