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Residents Look To Block Construction On MidCity's 1,760-Unit Development

An aerial rendering of MidCity's 1,700-unit RIA development

MidCity's plan to build a 1,760-unit mixed-use community along the Rhode Island Avenue Corridor, dubbed RIA, is hitting some roadblocks just out of the starting gate.

Two residents of the Brookland Manor apartments, which MidCity plans to demolish, are asking a federal judge to block the development's first phase from breaking ground, the Washington Business Journal reports. 

Phase 1 of the project would include two residential buildings totaling 231 units, which would serve as replacement housing for existing residents of Brookland Manor and senior housing. The residents are opposed to the plan because it would get rid of the larger four- and five-bedroom units and replace them with smaller one- to three-bedroom units, which they argue discriminates against larger families.

MidCity has owned the property for roughly 40 years, and, after paying off the mortgage, it has planned to begin construction on Phase 1 in the second half of 2017. In addition to the residential units, the full development would include up to 181k SF of commercial space, including a roughly 55k SF supermarket. MidCity EVP Michael Meers will speak at BMAC East on Oct. 20. [WBJ]