By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor
Monroe Street Market, a $200 million mixed-use project developed by The Bozzuto Group, Abdo Development and The Catholic University of America in the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast D.C. finally opened its gates to the public at the start of the month.
The project broke ground in November 2011. Monroe Street Market was constructed on five city blocks adjacent to the Brookland-CUA Metro station and just across the street from Catholic University.
Plans called for the construction of three buildings: Brookland Works, Portland Flats and Cornerstone. Together, they offer 720 residences, 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, 27 artists’ studios along the Arts Walk open-air pedestrian plaza, as well as a 3,000-square-foot community arts center. Bozzuto plans to start work on 45 townhomes next year.
According to the developers, most of Monroe Street Market’s resident amenities are located in Cornerstone. It features almost 20,000 square feet of amenity space, including indoor and outdoor lounges, a fitness center, a pool and more.
Monroe Street Market is home to several retailers: Barnes & Noble @ Catholic University, Brookland Pint, Busboys and Poets, &pizza, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse. H&R Retail was hired to find retail tenants for the project. The latest addition is a health-conscious, quick-serve restaurant called Hälsa. It will open a 1,500-square-foot location in Monroe Street Market’s Portland Flats building in late fall. Monroe Street Market also hosts a a farmers market every Saturday from May through November.
Mayor Vincent Gray and District of Columbia Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie joined representatives from The Bozzuto Group, Abdo Development and The Catholic University of America on Oct. 2 to celebrate the grand opening. During the celebration, a plaza within Monroe Street Market was officially dedicated to Bishop David O’Connell, former president of Catholic University and the current Roman Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, N.J.
“Through Monroe Street Market, we have truly created a sense of place within D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood,” Toby Bozzuto, president of The Bozzuto Group, said in a statement for the press. “It was important to honor Bishop O’Connell because he was an integral part of the entire development process. O’Connell Plaza will serve as a testament to all that he did for this development, for Catholic University and for the community as a whole.”
Photo credit: www.monroestreetmarket.com