The DC development scene is never stationery – there’s always some project in the works, some scheme being dreamt up, some ground being broken. And while there are many players in the development game, there are some that have made themselves relevant time and time again. One of those tried and true companies, Douglas Development has been making moves in DC’s neighborhoods for three decades. In fact, according to the nitty gritty of their website, they have a current portfolio that accounts for more than 10 million leasable square feet and more than 5 million square feet of developable real estate in the Washington Metropolitan area.
One of Douglas Development’s latest projects involved the renovation of an old printing press building over by the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station. The project is fittingly called “Brookland Press” and includes not only the converted printing press building, but a shiny new building situated right across the street. Together, they have slowly but surely become what will soon be a busy apartment community with 296 units.
The apartments, with their coveted industrial feel next to shiny new appliances, have not been an overnight project. Douglas actually bought the property over a decade ago, and started construction back in 2015. Quoted in BisNow, Norman Jemal, Douglas Development’s principal said:
“Given the shift in the neighborhood and the Metro transportation and the high peak it sits on, which gives it a little bit of a vista, it had great attributes and worked well for a residential building.”
The renovated building received add-ons such as two additional floors and a rooftop deck, and the new, adjacent building will house 139 units. The buildings are brought together via a functional terminal complete with a walkway, inside fitness center, and a pool.
Jemal goes on to further elaborate the style and inspirations present throughout these new and repurposed apartments, commenting that the old printing press building had lots of retro concrete columns and planks. They smartly countered the old with new finishes such as higher ceilings and condo-like amenities. Outside of the units themselves, there are balconies, landscaped courtyards, outdoor seating, bocce courts, a fitness center, yoga studio, rooftop deck, outdoor pool, business center, cybercafé, pet spa, fireplace lounge, dining area and more for residents to enjoy.
What’s the price tag look like to call one of these units home? Since each unit varies greatly there is no cut-and-dry pricing plan – costs range from studios that are anywhere from 377 to 609 SF starting at $1,795/ month, one-bedrooms that are 516 to 848 SF starting at $2,135 a month, one-bedrooms with a den included ranging from 752 to 941 SF starting at $2,485 a month and two-bedrooms that are 800 to 1,121 SF starting at $2,725 monthly.
The plan is for both buildings to be resident ready at the end of July. And residents, as with most new apartment complexes, should be excited to get in. The pictures of inside the buildings give options such as vinyl wood plank flooring, large segmented windows, private terraces, sliding barn doors to bedrooms, exposed ductwork, over 10” ceilings, and more.
Brookland Press will be a welcome new addition to a bustling area, only one mile south of Catholic University and Monroe Street Market, not to mention nearby dozens of cool places in a vibrant part of the city.