Developer buys North Brentwood properties

Prime Rhode Island Avenue lots in North Brentwood has been sold to a prominent D.C. commercial real estate investor. According to state property records, several lots near 4550 Rhode Island Ave. in North Brentwood, including an abandoned vintage plumbing store, traded hands last month. The purchase, when combined with a neighboring property purchased in 2013, now leaves the developer with nearly 30,000 square feet of assembled properties fronting a rapidly-redeveloping Rhode Island Avenue corridor. In a transaction recorded Dec.

New Hyattsville Armory Apartments details revealed

The developers behind the Hyattsville Armory Apartments have fleshed out architectural designs for the proposed mixed-use development in the city’s downtown Baltimore Avenue corridor. Hyattsville City Council got a rundown on the new details at is Jan. 22, 2019, meeting. City officials have so far been receptive to the project, but some City Council members noted reiterated during the meeting concerns about affordability, parking and impacts on local schools. The Hyattsville Armory developers, Washington, D.C.,-based Urban Investment Partners, want to build a 285-unit mixed-use apartment building with 32,000 square feet of retail space on the western edge of the 5300 block of Baltimore Avenue between the Hyattsville Armory Crossover Church and Hamilton Street.

Four house-style office building conversions stand on a small street.

Hyattsville office redevelopment plans heat up

A plan to redevelop four small office buildings on Hamilton Street in Hyattsville is gathering steam as developers have begun to file paperwork necessary to obtain approval from county officials to demolish the existing structures to build a six-story mixed-use development. 

Leading the redevelopment project is D.B. Lee Development and Construction, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate development company behind such redevelopment projects as The Lofts at 2424 on 18th Street NW, The Erie in Adams Morgan, and Eden Condominiums on Champlain Street NW. It is currently developing a hotel and artist space at 411 New York Ave NE. 

This past March, a subsidiary named Hyattsville Center Development LLC completed assembly of the properties at 4312, 4314, 4316 and 4318 Hamilton Street. They are located across the street from the northern facade of St. Jerome Catholic Church. This week, a natural resource inventory application was accepted for review by Prince George’s County Planning Department.

A medium-sized two-story brick apartment building sits on a large yard infront of a wet two-lane residential roadway. The sky is grey, trees in the background are leafy and green.

Troubled College Park apartment building flipped for big profit

Mere months after being sold at auction, a dilapidated apartment building once owned by a recent College Park mayoral candidate has been sold at a big markup to a new owner, state property records show. 

The property in question is 4619 College Ave. in College Park’s old-town neighborhood. It houses a small-ish, two-storey brick apartment building with several rental units. As recently as August 2018, the property was owned by Tom Chen, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor of College Park in 2017. Chen’s ownership of the property became a campaign issue during his 2017 mayoral candidacy after an article by The Diamondback newspaper highlighted complaints and code violations lodged against his properties in the city.