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22 new condos coming to south Brookland

Demolition of the former church and car repair shop at 12th and Franklin NE is complete. Developer Lock 7 plans to put 22 condo units on the site in south Brookland by the spring of 2015.

The designs pictured above are preliminary, the latest blog post says, but the general layout is one multifamily building, with the address 2724 12th St NE, made to look like 11 separate townhouses, Lock 7's marketing manager says.  Each unit will be 1,300-1,400 square feet and have an assigned parking space.

Lock 7 is planning a number of "green" features for the building, including a green roofs, rain barrels, and pervious pavers in the parking area. A roof deck (to enjoy all those green plants) is also in the works.

It's a big change from the plan Lock 7 wrote about in late 2013. At that time, the plan was to develop nine live-work townhouses to complement the artist studios at Monroe Street Market (and presumably the live-work spaces at the Brookland Artspace Lofts). But a blog post aimed at taking the artistic community's pulse failed to generate much interest in the scenario, and it was scrapped, the marketing manager says.

Brookland, until recently a neighborhood known mostly for single-family housing, has seen an infusion of new multifamily buildings, both completed and proposed. The Monroe Street Market with over 700 units is the most visible marker of this change. WMATA is also planning to develop part of the land on the east side of the Brookland metro station, and smaller projects like Jackson Place Flats promise to bring more density to the neighborhood.

Read more articles by Rachel Kaufman.

Rachel is the managing editor of Elevation D.C. She also covers tech, business and science for publications nationwide. She lives in Brookland.
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