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.


  • 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 under construction and will deliver in Q1 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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.


As a designated Great Streets corridor small businesses can apply for grants to cover capital improvements and certain soft costs as funds become available. In 2019, up to $50,000 was awarded per location. The corridor is also supported by the Rhode Island Avenue, NE Main Street through locally-focused economic development programs.


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.

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