Developers plan hardware store, cafe and art for Rhode Island Avenue
BY REBECCA BENNETT — In January 2014, the City of Mount Rainier announced proposed development in the 3300 block of Rhode Island Ave. According to city officials, the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County purchased “The Singer Building” and two adjacent properties that needed to be rehabilitated. The authority chose the Menkiti Group move forward on the project.
As proposed, Menkiti is planning to restore the three properties and to create a dozen residential units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space in the buildings. On tap is a 5,500-square-foot hardware store and 12 residential units at 3300 Rhode Island Ave., a 3,110-square-foot ReCreative Spaces arts incubator at 3308 Rhode Island Ave., and a 1,360-square-foot cafe by Englert at 3310 Rhode Island Ave.
An October 2014 newsletter from the City of Mount Rainier said Englert “established neighborhood destinations such as Granville Moore’s and Sticky Rice,” and Washingtonian Magazine called him “the life of the party.” Annie’s Ace Hardware, who currently located in Petworth, is opening up shop, as well as ReCreative Spaces, whose website says they “build spaces to create, share, and celebrate art, in all its forms.”
WBJ reports construction on the project is projected to being in mid-2015 and completed near the end of 2016.