Photo credit (above): Trish Newburg 

Mount Rainier Development Map

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Major Development Projects

3200 Rhode Island Ave – Mount Rainier Gateway Project

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Mount Rainier is a planned mixed use development in Mount Rainier, Maryland, on the border of Washington, DC and Prince George’s County. The assemblage is on the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and Eastern Avenue and is comprised of a city owned parcel of approximately 32,000 square feet and a privately owned parking lot of approximately 27,000 square feet. Together the project will include 185 apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space.

The Neighborhood Development Company and its partner, Streetsense, was selected as the developer for the project as a joint venture development team by the City of Mount Rainier in November of 2012.  The project is currently in the entitlement phase and construction is scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2014 with the expectation of completion in 2016.

Conceptual Design: MUTCDesignApprovedbyCouncil


Project Updates:

Mount Rainier Gateway Town Center Development update

3200 block of Rhode Island Avenue, Mount Rainier, Maryland


            On May 11, 2015, a Land Development Agreement (“LDA”) was signed between the City of Mount Rainier and a joint venture development team comprised of Streetsense Development Partners, LLC and The Neighborhood Development Company, LLC (“Developer”). The LDA provides for the acquisition of approximately 33,000 square feet of City-owned property in the Mount Rainier Town Center and the development of a mixed-use project. The project will include over 19,600 square feet of retail space, an apartment building with approximately 191 residential units, and a parking garage serving both the apartment residents and the public.

            The Developers also are acquiring approximately 27,000 square feet of property at 3210-3220 Rhode Island Avenue (currently used for Thrifty Car Rental) which will be incorporated into this mixed-use development.

            The project will be designed and constructed to qualify for LEED Gold certification and the Developer has further agreed to use its best efforts to include additional green building strategies in the project. The Developer also will be incorporating public artwork, created by local artists, into the design of the project.

            The project is currently in the physical inspection contingency phase which will be followed by M-U-T-C and City Council approval of the Developer’s revised plan, submission by the Developer of a subdivision plat, and design development and preparation of construction documents. Prince George’s County and the City of Mount Rainier also will be assisting the Developer with the project through a tax increment financing (TIF) arrangement. Settlement on the Developer’s acquisition of the property from the City and the commencement of construction is anticipated by summer 2016.


NetZero Homes coming to Mount Rainier

Perry Street Townhomes   is an innovative, for-sale townhome development located in the heart of Mount Rainier, Maryland. The sustainable design provides savvy residents with world-class elements including the energy performance of the internationally-recognized Passive House Standard: increased comfort and a more peaceful living environment, reduced utility bill burden, and environmental responsibility. Interested buyers are encouraged to consider a roof-mounted solar PV system to take their new home net-zero energy – the ultimate in sustainable living.

The homes offer 1600 square feet of living space on three levels. With three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and a back yard, these homes are perfect for anyone looking for a little extra space. In addition, all homes will have a detached 2-car “green” garage, complete with a green roof. This space is “plug and play” — whether you want to park a car or your art studio. Yards will also be well-sized, at 1,940 square feet for interior units and 2,910 square feet for end units.

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3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue


The Menkiti Group was recently awarded development rights from the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County to redevelop the 3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue in the heart of Mount Rainier, MD. The Menkiti Group will preserve and restore the existing building envelope, and ultimately program the space with a vibrant mix of commercial uses with 12 residential units above. The plan, which features a 5,500 SF hardware store, 3,000 SF arts incubator, 1,400 SF cafe/restaurant will create day and evening activation of the site and serve as a catalyst for the further development of nearby properties. This project will also feature many sustainable design features including restored facades, green roof elements, a 30 KW solar array, solar hot water, stormwater and gray water harvesting, and LID streetscape improvements.


Learn more about the development plans: 

Project Overview: 2015-1103 Menkiti Group Presentation – City of Mount Rainier

Design Plan: M-U-T-C Approved Design and Elevations

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November 6, 2015


LARGO, MD — The Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County (RDA), along with its partners Urban Green, LLC, Monument Bank, and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community  Development broke ground today for the County’s newest net zero energy (NZE) house at 3719 – 34th Street in Mt. Rainier, Maryland. This modern, energy efficient single family home will produce as much energy on an annual basis as it consumes leaving the homeowners with a utility bill of zero. The NZE home demonstrates that it’s a profitable product for any commercial homebuilder/developer to reproduce throughout the County. The RDA intends to develop other NZE homes in Capitol Heights and Fairmount Heights, MD.

Located across the street from the Mt. Rainier ArtsSpace Building, the NZE house is a 4 Bedroom and 3 Bath, 1,800 sq. foot home will be built by developer Urban Green, LLC. NZE homes are cheaper to operate and maintain (designed for zero cost energy usage) and they are healthier homes to occupy. The home will be built with an exterior that blends into the early 20th century designs of the surrounding community. The cost for the project is $356,000, with a projected sale price in the low $400,000s. “The Redevelopment Authority was able to take a property damaged beyond repair by the one- two punch in 2011 of Hurricane Irene and earthquake tremors, and clear the lot, said Howard Ways, Executive
Director of the RDA. “We consulted with the City of Mt. Rainier, and they supported our effort to make way for a new NZE house.”

Mt. Rainier is a Gateway community that has embraced sustainable living and has proven itself to be a leader in sustainability efforts in the County and the region. The city has installed solar panels at the town hall; porous pavers to reduce storm water runoff in its municipal parking lot; and its first green roof on a partnership development with Housing Initiative Partnership. “The NetZero technology helps to solidify Mount Rainier as a sustainable community and builds upon the City reducing their carbon footprint along with lower energy bills for our residents,” said Mt. Rainier Mayor Malinda Miles.

Groundbreaking Event Flyer/Project Fact sheet

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