Inauguration of a new Aldi – and other big changes for a northeast neighborhood

There was a grand opening in Northeast, DC, on Saturday for a 24,000 square foot Aldi grocery store, the largest in the district. Phase 2 of the development of the sector promises more for culture in the community.

There was a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday near the Fort Totten subway station, where the Lamond Riggs neighborhood is getting a 24,000-square-foot Aldi grocery store, the largest in the district. Phase 2 of the development promises more for culture in the community.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser was among many in attendance Saturday to inaugurate a new ALDI grocery store in the Northeast. (Photo OMCP/Dick Uliano)

Phase 2 of the project, Art Place at Fort Totten, promises a performing arts center, children’s museum and 294 additional residences, including 30 dedicated to artists’ living/working space.

The first phase has already delivered 530 homes in the Modern Apartments complex. Additionally, the Onelife Fitness Sports Club opened at Art Place last month.

“We want to transform our neighborhood on our own terms. And more than that, we want to continue to build quality homes and homes that people of all income levels and walks of life can afford,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said in her remarks.

The two million square foot mixed-use development is a Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation project. As part of their development, most of the long-time residents of the buildings demolished for the project have been moved to the modern apartment complex built in the first phase.

“We’ve all worked hard to make sure we don’t move residents… We’re stopping the moves. We are also welcoming new residents,” said ANC Advisory Commissioner Gordon Fletcher.

3D render of Art Place
3D rendering of Phase 2 of the Art Place development in Northeast, DC (courtesy of Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation)

“The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of the people of this community and of Washington, D.C. Our foundation is historically very deeply rooted in the arts,” said Jane Cafritz, vice president of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. .

Jane Cafritz
Jane Cafritz, Vice President of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. (Photo OMCP/Dick Uliano)

In addition to the performing arts center, Phase 2 plans include a space where performers can interact with members of the public. Plans also call for a collective that would showcase local artisan foods and beverages.

“This is a great project. This is a project that will integrate housing for different incomes, which is extremely important in the District of Columbia as we continue to grow,” said Kenyan McDuffie, member of the Ward council 5.

McDuffie also pointed out that plans for the city’s largest Aldi store will mean more jobs for the northeast neighborhood.

Phase 2 of Art Place in Fort Totten is expected to be completed in 2025.

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