Rhode Island Avenue NE / Brentwood


THE BRENTWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD in northeast DC is quickly emerging as a major retail and commercial hub centered around the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail Station. 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 highly populated Maryland suburbs. Adding to the area’s residential density, hundreds of housing units have delivered over the last five years and thousands more remain in the pipeline.

Rhode Island Ave NE/Brentwood


Rhode Island Row

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

Transit-oriented Mixed-use Development

  • Bryant Street (redevelopment of Rhode Island Avenue Shopping Center) is supported by a $24M TIF and will feature up to 1,600 residential units and 275,000 SF of retail. Phase I delivered a 9-screen Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 487 residential units, and 40,000 SF of retail space anchored by The Bevy Food Hall and District Dogs in 2021.
  • RIA (redevelopment of Brookland Manor) will consist of approximately 1,400 residential units and 181,000 SF of retail. The mixed-use project is supported by a $47M TIF. Phase I will contain two residential buildings totaling 341 units (including 200 senior- only units) with construction expected to start in 2022.
  • Rowan (2607 Reed St) delivered 353 units in 2021 and Rialto (410 Rhode Island Ave) is a new 74-unit residential building.

Great Streets + Main Streets

The corridor receives support from Rhode Island Avenue NE (RIA-NE) Main Street, which works closely with area businesses to assess their needs and provides technical assistance and storefront improvement grants.