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 .
Lamond-Riggs Library Rebuilding Project

The Lamond-Riggs Neighborhood Library will be rebuilt at its current location, 5401 South Dakota Avenue NE. The project website is

The DC Public Library has selected  Consigli  and  HGA  as the design/build team for the new Lamond-Riggs Library. The planning for the new library will begin in October. The design process will take 12 months. Once the design is complete, the current building will be closed and an interim location will provide library service during construction. The new building will open in late 2020.

October 23, 2018: Community meeting to meet the design team. 7:00 pm at Lamond-Riggs Library

Be sure to visit the project page for up-to-date information about the project and community meetings. Complete a short, initial DCPL community engagement survey.

To participate in a focus group to provide input on what you would like to see in a new library, send an email to [email protected] with your name and age and whether you have children that use the library.

Key Dates--
Fall 2017:Due diligence
Winter 2017-18:  RFP for design/build contract
Spring 2018:  Design/build selection
Summer 2018: Design kick-off
Fall 2019: Close for construction
Fall 2019: Interim library opens
2021: New library opens

Click here for audio of the opening community engagement meeting held on October 5, 2017. Opening community meeting presentation is available here .

Projects in the Pipeline

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.

To view the executive summary of the plan, click here: Executive Summary (pdf)
To read the full plan, click here: Riggs Road/South Dakota Avenue NE Area Development Plan (pdf)
To view the most recent implementation plan, click here: 2015 Implementation Plan (pdf)
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)

WDCEP 2017 Fort Totten/Riggs Park Neighborhood Profile Sheet  (pdf)