Rhode Island Avenue NE / Woodridge

NE

OVERVIEW
BISECTED BY RHODE ISLAND AVENUE, and bounded by Eastern, South Dakota, and Michigan Avenues and Bladensburg Road NE, Woodridge offers large single-family lots, beautiful tree-lined streets, and wide sidewalks for outdoor seating and programming. As one of Pierre L’Enfant’s original streets, the corridor serves as a major commuter thoroughfare that connects the heart of downtown DC with Maryland’s suburbs.

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NEIGHBORHOOD FEATURES

Growth Along Rhode Island Avenue

  • Pipeline developments at 1522, 1544, and 2027 Rhode Island Ave NE are expected to bring a combined 122 residential units in addition to nearly 5,000 SF of retail.
  • Interior design firm Bandura Design opened in 2020, while His and Hers, a restaurant serving comfort food, arrived this year.

Great Streets + Main Streets

The Rhode Island Avenue corridor is supported by two programs that help maintain it as a viable business district. Rhode Island Avenue NE (RIA-NE) Main Street, which promotes annual community events and other economic development initiatives, works closely with area businesses to assess their needs and provides technical assistance and storefront improvement grants. In addition, the corridor’s designation as a Great Street allows its small businesses to apply for additional grant funds to cover capital upgrades and certain soft costs. In 2020, businesses received up to $50,000 each. In response to the COVID pandemic, RIA-NE distributed emergency assistance grants to help businesses with basic needs such as rent, utilities, and payroll, in addition to providing online advertising.

Annual Events

Each year, the neighborhood celebrates Porch Fest, a day of musical performances on neighborhood porches in the spring, as well as the Procrastinator’s Holiday Market, an opportunity to support local vendors during the winter.

Top Local Industries

8,383 Total Area Employment

  • Construction: 22%
  • Health Care & Social Assistance: 19%
  • Transportation & Warehousing: 15%