Neighborhood Development

Lamond-Riggs Development Task Force

The Lamond-Riggs Development Task Force (LRDTF) is a committee under the LRCA.  Formally established in 2006, it is responsible for representing the interests of community residents with regard to economic development within the area. This work includes reviewing development projects and working with residents, elected officials, and developers to ensure projects consider issues such as density, traffic, public safety, affordability, community benefits and employment opportunity.

See the 2017 Fort Totten-Riggs Park Neighborhood Profile Sheet

For information on the Neighborhood Vibrant Retail Streets study, follow this link .

Projects in the Pipeline

Fort Totten Square

  • Location: Riggs Road NE between 3rd Street & Chillum Place NE
  • Developers: JBG Companies & Lowe Enterprises
  • Description: Mixed used development anchored by approximately 117,000 square foot Walmart; approx. 350 1 & 2 rental bedroom apartments
  • Ancillary Retail: Subway; Five Guys; Petco; Culture Coffee Too (coming fall 2017)  
 
On November 5, 2015, the developers filed an application  and statement in support with the Board of Zoning Adjustment  (BZA) for a special exception for three fast food restaurants at Fort Totten Square on behalf of Subway, Five Guys, and a to be determined future restaurant. Fast food restaurants are permitted in the C-2-A zone district only by special exception. The definition of fast food restaurant in the zoning code encompasses the typical fast food restaurant as well as what has been termed "fast casual" restaurants.  The purpose of the special exception process is to ensure that a use pre-deemed compatible within a certain zoning district may be reviewed by the BZA to ensure certain negative impacts will not occur.

ANC 4B filed a report supporting the application with conditions: (1) The developers agree to sponsor a neighborhood retail and amenities needs survey. (2) The developers and their brokers agree to engage in regular, meaningful collaboration with community stakeholders to ensure the small area plan is effectively implemented. (3) The developers will make their best effort to secure a quality sit-down restaurant. A public hearing was held on Feburary 23, 2016. By order dated February 25, 2016, the BZA granted the requested relief. The Board declined to adopt the conditions requested by ANC 4B because they are outside the Board's jurisdiction. Documents related to this application are available on DC's Office of Zoning website (case number 17600B).

Fort Totten South (proposed)

  • Location: South Dakota Avenue & Riggs Road NE
  • Developers: JBG Companies & EYA
  • Description: 170-180 townhomes and 26,000 square feet of ground floor retail

See EYA's Fort Totten South Development Presentation to LRCA (October 3, 2016)

The developers have negotiated a purchase of DC-owned land to complete this development. The sale must go through the " surplus disposition process " for final approval. Declaring the property surplus means the property is no longer needed for public use.  A surplus disposition resolution with the sale agreement has been submitted to the DC Council for approval (see PR21-904 & PR21-905 ). The public will have an opportunity to weigh in at a public hearing on November 29, 2016, 10:00am in Room 412 in the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW). To testify, contact Randi Powell, Legislative Policy Advisor with your name, address, and organization affilliation at cow@dccouncil.us or (202) 724-8196 by November 25. Individuals may also submit written testimony by December 5 to be included in the record.

The LRCA is working to craft a community benefits package in connection with the sale of the DC-owned parcel. In addition to holding a public meeting, LRCA sponsored a survey to solicit resident input on the community benefits package. Potential benefits include more affordable unit set-asides; workforce development support; small business development support; scholarships for neighborhood youth; public space improvements; creation/maintenance of green space; community development fund for neighborhood rec center, library, and schools; and public safety measures. To see the survey results, click here: Final LRCA Fort Totten South Community Benefits Survey Results  (pdf)

To see an overview of the community benefits associated with this project, click here: Fort Totten South Community Benefits Overview
(pdf)

Art Place at Fort Totten


  • Location: South Dakota Avenue between Galloway and Kennedy Street NE
  • Developer: Cafritz Enterprises
  • Description: Multi-phase planned unit development (PUD) replacing the former Riggs Plaza Apartments (also owned by Cafritz Enterprises).  

1st phase (Building A):
  • Broke ground in spring 2014; expected to deliver in fall 2017.  
  • 6-story building with 520 apartments (the Modern at Art Place ) atop approximately 107,000 square feet of ground floor retail,
  • 4-story above-grade parking garage (337 spaces for retail/service and 264 spaces for residential use).  
  • 141 apartments will be set aside for affordable and senior affordable housing, including units for displaced Riggs Plaza Apartment tenants.
  • Leased tenants: X-Sport Fitness; T-Mobile; dentist office; pharmacy
  • Other expected uses: Daycare center; office space for ANC 5A

The project permanently closed Hamilton Street between South Dakota Avenue and 4th Street NE, with a new through street to be constructed on Ingraham Street at South Dakota Avenue. Future phases are expected to bring a children’s museum and additional retail and housing. Documents related to this PUD are available on DC's Office of Zoning's website (case number 06-10).

Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT)

When completed, the Metropolitan Branch Trail will be an 8-mile off-road trail running from Union Station to Silver Spring, MD. Design and construction for the Brookland to Fort Totten and Fort Totten to Takoma phases will take place in 2018 and 2019. 

For info on the Fort Totten to Takoma phase, see DDOT's June 2017 presentation to ANC 4B  (pdf)
 
Fort Totten Metro/Donatelli  (proposed)

  • Location: First Place & Galloway Street NE (Fort Totten metro long-term parking lot)
  • Developer: Donatelli
  • Description: Proposed Mixed-use development with 345 rental apartments; 10,000 square feet ground floor retail; parking garage

In 2015, Metro awarded Donatelli development rights to develop the long-term park-and-ride parking lot at Fort Totten metro station. 

5600 2nd Street NE (Self-storage facility)

Johnson Development is proposing to build a four-story self-storage facility at 5600 Second Street NE. The developer proposes tearing down the existing two-story structure that was home to a former printing shop. Because the project will be over 50,000 square feet, it must undergo Large Tract Review. The property is located in a Production/Repair/Distribution zone (formerly known as industrial zone). The developer notes that the property is designated by the Future Land USe Map as a mixed use space (moderate density commerical and residential). And the Riggs Road/South Dakota Avenue Small Area Plan designates the property as a development opportunity site for mixed use development. The developer's large tract review application is available at https://app.box.com/s/5vgvuxzby2y5ude7pktrhuzakhn5hmeg

The Hampshires
 
Location: New Hampshire Avenue NE
Developer: Comstock Companies
Description: Newly constructed detached and townhome single family home subdivision


 

Planning Documents

Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue NE Small Area Plan
 
This Area Development Plan was initiated by the LRCA, completed by DC’s Office of Planning in 2008, and adopted by the council in 2009.  The plan focused on a study area of about a quarter mile radius around the intersection of Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue and a secondary study area of a half mile radius of the intersection.  The plan’s guiding principles:
 
  • Establish a dynamic neighborhood center at Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue that enhances community character and reactivates the street.
  • Attract development that serves all generations.
  • Connect, activate, and create new open spaces.
  • Promote safe access and circulation throughout the neighborhood.
First Place and Galloway Street NE Transportation Access Plan and Improvement Study   (pdf)
 
 
DDOT conducted a study to improve pedestrian access and transportation around Fort Totten metro station.  The study focused on station access; streetscape and urban design; access management; wayfinding; traffic calming; transit efficiency; bicycle parking; connections to existing and planned regional trail network; and traffic and congestion around the reconfigured South Dakota Avenue/Riggs Road intersection.  Key issues raised were formalizing the shortcut between Gallatin Street and Galloway Street NE and improving perceptions of safety, for example by providing lighting under the railroad bridges.

Fort Totten Access and Joint Development Study (pdf)

​2010 study commissioned by WMATA to identify station access improvements and joint development opportunities
 
Fort Totten Metro Station: Maximizing Potential for Transit-Oriented Development (pdf)
 
2009 Technical Assistance Report sponsored by WMATA
 
Comprehensive Plan Area Elements Ward 5 (pdf)
 
The Upper Northeast Area Element of the Comprehensive Plan (2006) addresses planning policies and priorities for Fort Totten metro station and surrounding areas. This document is useful in the review process for development projects, both for planned unit developments (PUD) and for matter-of-right projects that have to go through large tract review, because reviewing officials have to evaluate the projects to make sure they are not inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan. 
 
Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Study
 
The Ward 5 Industrial Land Transformation Task Force was established in 2013 to create a plan to “stimulate and and promoted the modernization and adaptive use of parcels of Ward 5’s industrial land.”  The task force developed seven goals for the study

Eastern Avenue NE Rehabilitation Project

DDOT has presented preliminary plans for the rehabilitaiton of Eastern Avenue NE between New Hampshire Avenue NE and Whittier Street NW. See  DDOT Eastern Avenue NE Rehabiliation Plan (pdf)