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Menkiti Group’s first Worcester project aiming for April opening

WBJ- Menkiti Group- 6 Chatham

Written and Published by Worcester Business Journal

By Grant Welker – Almost six years after the Menkiti family bought its first downtown Worcester property, residents will soon be moving into a new housing site in an old YWCA the family’s development firm has renovated.

The new development, called Chatham Lofts, brings 24 apartments to a six-story building off Main Street a short walk from the Hanover Theatre, a part of downtown just south of City Hall city officials have prioritized for new development and investment.

Chatham Lofts is roughly two-third complete, with plans for an opening to residents around April. Pre-leasing marketing has begun in the past few weeks.

The Menkiti Group, a Washington, D.C., property developer, bought the Chatham Street site in April 2015, spending $800,000 on a deal that didn’t make big news at the time. Four years ago, Ifeanyi Menkiti, a Wellesley College professor, bought the former Shack’s men’s clothing store building at Main and Mechanic streets. The idea then was for a cultural center to complement his art endeavors in Cambridge, including the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Harvard Square, which he bought in 2006.

PHOTO | GRANT WELKER Chatham Lofts will include some units with 14-foot-high windows.

Menkiti died in 2019, but the family’s plans for Worcester have continued, and the Menkiti Group has become a high-profile name in Worcester development.

Chatham Lofts, in a tan brick building that was initially a YWCA boarding house dating to the 1890s, is the first of what could be a series of downtown Worcester buildings that the Menkiti Group brings back to use — and to their historic architectural appearance. In addition to Chatham Lofts and the Shack’s building, the firm has a five-story, 53,000-square-foot building similarly dating to the late 1800s at 542 Main St., whose office and first-floor retail space sit vacant today. Next door at 536 Main St., a building long known for its use as a pawn shop and check-cashing store, awaits a new use.

A few blocks up Main Street past the old Shack’s building, Menkiti owns 204 Main St., the home of Courthouse Cafe. Like the Shack’s building, a modern siding addition once covering its historical facade has been removed, with further renovation work to come.

Those other projects are in various stages of progress toward completion.

The Shack’s building, including a restoration of its brick exterior, could open for a new Bank of America office by late summer or early fall. The building, which was designed by the same architect as Mechanics Hall, will recapture its former architectural glory, said Mark Rengel, the Menkiti Group’s vice president of development.

“It looks like a new building,” Rengel said.

PHOTO | GRANT WELKERTile from a former indoor swimming pool has been retained to form walls in some units and along a hallway.

The glass-facade building at 536 Main St. is undergoing hazardous material abatement, with renovation work expected to begin in earnest later this year. The building is slated for first-floor commercial use and upstairs offices. Next door, 554 Main St. requires the least renovation work, and already has two proposed uses: an eatery called Center Stage Bistro and a boxing gym, which Menkiti hopes can open this year. They’re slated to be joined by upper-floor offices.

The smaller building at 204 Main St., once a furniture showroom and warehouse, remains in an earlier design phase with work planned to start by the end of the year. The building is planned to include 20 residential units above the Courthouse Cafe and another retail tenant.

As for Chatham Lofts, the nearly $10-million renovation was helped by historic tax credits that discounted about a quarter of that cost, Rengel said, attributing the aid to making the project feasible. The building sat empty for most of the past decade, and its renovation has included some unique touches. Tile from an indoor swimming pool remains as part of a wall in some units, as well as part of a hallway. Arched windows that reach 14 feet in height are the focus point of 24-foot ceiling heights in duplexes built into what used to be the building’s gymnasium.

Renovating such an old and complex building, which is actually several structures that date to different years, took significant work, Rengel said.

“It was fairly complex,” he said. “There were a lot of hairy situations that we had to untangle.”

Rents will start at roughly $1,400 for a one-bedroom unit, which can range in size from 525 feet to as much as 1,183 square feet for a duplex. A sixth-floor penthouse spans 1,466 feet, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms.

NewRez and Shelter Mortgage Partner with The Menkiti Group to Launch Mission Mortgage LLC

DC Based Minority Entrepreneur Teams Up with Leading National Mortgage Lender and Servicer

Reported on December 7, 2020

The Menkiti Group | 3401 8th Street NE | Washington | DC 20017


(FORT WASHINGTON, PA) NewRez LLC (“NewRez”), a national mortgage lender and servicer, announced today, in partnership with The Menkiti Group, a DC-based, minority-owned integrated real estate services company, the launch of a new joint venture mortgage company, Mission Mortgage LLC (“Mission Mortgage”). Mission Mortgage, focused on residential mortgage lending, will be headquartered in Washington, DC (“DC”), with clients across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The new joint venture lender is led by Tom O’Keefe, a 25-year mortgage industry veteran and will be NewRez’s 19th JV partnership under the portfolio of Shelter Mortgage Company, LLC (“Shelter Mortgage”), the NewRez business division focused on joint venture lending. 

The Menkiti Group’s mission is to transform lives, careers and communities through real estate. The associated family of companies, led by Bo Menkiti, its Founder and CEO, are focused on strengthening neighborhoods through the strategic development, management, and sale of residential and commercial property. The Menkiti Group is a double bottom line firm, measuring not only financial success but social impact as well. NewRez contributes to the community as a corporation and promotes employee volunteerism and contribution through its community investment program, NewRez Neighborhood Outreach Works (“NOW”). Both companies have a deep passion for strengthening and giving back to the communities in which their employees live and work.

“The Menkiti Group is the perfect fit for a partnership as we continue to grow our Joint Venture network,” said Randy VandenHouten, Senior Vice President of Joint Venture and Retail Lending of Shelter Mortgage Company. “Our organizations are aligned in recognizing that lending is about more than just home financing – it is about building communities and investing in individuals and families. We are thrilled to add a partner with such an innovative approach to real estate and passion for the work that they do.”

“Shelter Mortgage and NewRez offer everything we are looking for in a mortgage lending partner – breadth of experience, a wide product offering and market strength. In conjunction with Shelter Mortgage and NewRez, we are excited to be able to offer this high level of service to the local communities and customers we serve,” added Bo Menkiti. “We are confident this partnership will help us reach more borrowers, facilitate greater access to homeownership, drive wealth creation for those we serve, and strengthen our ability to fulfill our mission of transforming lives, careers, and communities through real estate.”

Inspired by The Menkiti Group’s endeavors to invest in their local community, Mission Mortgage will make a donation to a charitable cause for every closed loan. The priority areas of impact will be Housing, Education, Youth and Entrepreneurship, and will be facilitated by The CPMG Foundation, the non-profit organization co-founded by The Menkiti Group.

For more information on the Shelter Mortgage joint venture platform, please contact Randy.VandenHouten@sheltermortgage.com or go to newrez.com.

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About NewRez LLC

NewRez LLC (NewRez) is a leading nationwide mortgage lender and servicer. As a lender, NewRez focuses on offering a breadth of industry-leading products, supported by a loan process that blends both human interaction and the benefits of technology into an unparalleled customer experience. Founded in 2008 and licensed to lend in 49 states, NewRez is headquartered in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania and operates multiple lending channels, including Correspondent Lending, Wholesale, Direct-to-Consumer, Retail, and a network of joint venture partners. The servicing business operates through NewRez’s servicing division, which consists of its performing loan servicing division, NewRez Servicing, and its special servicing division, Shellpoint Mortgage Servicing. NewRez also has several affiliates that perform various services in the mortgage and real estate industries. These include Avenue 365 Lender Services, LLC, a title agency, and E Street Appraisal Management LLC, an appraisal management company. NewRez is member of the New Residential Investment Corp. family. More information is available at www.newrez.com.

About Shelter Mortgage Company, L.L.C.
Shelter Mortgage Company, L.L.C. (Shelter) is a leading retail residential mortgage originator predominantly focused on conforming purchase money loans generated through relationships with realtors, builders, and relocation companies. Founded in 1984 as a subsidiary of a community bank, Shelter joined the NewRez family of companies in 2014. The company has loan officers across the country with joint venture and partner relationships in over 30 states. Shelter has built a strong platform via its differentiated, partnership-based origination model, focus on purchase money originations and compliance-oriented culture.

About The Menkiti Group

Founded in 2004, the Menkiti Group is a minority-owned Certified Business Enterprise headquartered in the District of Columbia. The organization was founded with a mission to transform lives, careers, and communities through real estate. They are a proud double bottom line company, measuring success in terms of financial and social impact. The company’s approach to urban neighborhood transformation and investment is centered upon residential and commercial development, residential sales, and commercial brokerage. Menkiti Group invests in abandoned and underutilized properties and transforms them into exciting and affordable homes and workspaces. Projects range from single-family residential renovations and the development and tenanting of main street commercial properties, to large-scale mixed-use transit-oriented development projects. More information is available at www.menkitigroup.com.

The Menkiti Group Hosts Construction Tour of Unique Residential Development in Downtown Worcester

6 Chatham

6 Chatham Street is the inaugural project in a series of revitalization efforts The Menkiti Group is actively pursuing in the Theatre District

Reported on October 26, 2020

The Menkiti Group | 3401 8th Street NE | Washington | DC 20017


(WORCESTER, MA) – The Menkiti Group was joined by City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. along with city officials and civic leaders Monday, October 26 to tour the ongoing construction of Chatham Lofts, a new, market-rate residential apartment community located at 6 Chatham Street, Worcester, MA.  The project consists of the complete rehabilitation and historic restoration of three adjacent structures built in 1892, 1915, and 1926.  From the time of their original construction, the buildings served for many decades as the headquarters of the Worcester Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).  More recently, the property served as the home of the Worcester Center for the Performing Arts. With the introduction of these unique residences, The Menkiti Group is excited to breathe new life into an architectural gem in the heart of Downtown Worcester.

“We are proud to be delivering this residential project in tandem with nearby neighborhood serving retail and commercial office space to continue to drive the momentum of economic development in the City of Worcester, and more specifically the Theatre District” said Bo Menkiti, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Menkiti Group.  “Chatham Lofts signifies the first step in the launch Menkiti Group’s investment committed to enhancing the existence of an 18-hour thriving, diverse and culturally vibrant neighborhood supporting local residents, small business, theatre, the arts, and contributing to the city as a whole,”

At project completion, the newly renovated building will feature a total of 24 market-rate, residential apartments comprised of ten studio units, eight one-bedroom units, five two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom unit.  The completed project will feature a wide array of residential unit configurations, including two-story duplex units with beautifully articulated arched masonry window openings and full floor penthouse units with expansive views of the Worcester skyline.

“We are extremely excited for this project to be part of the renaissance of downtown Worcester.  Chatham Lofts takes every opportunity to highlight the existing architecture in order to deliver a distinctive residential living experience.  In concert with other nearby investments, our overarching goal is to bring new life and vibrancy to the Theatre District in support of the City’s Downtown Urban Revitalization Plan,” said Mark Rengel, Vice President of Development, The Menkiti Group.

Project design team members include R.P Masiello as the General Contractor, Elton + Hampton Architects, Petersen Engineering (MEP/FP), John J. Murphy, Jr. Electrical Construction & Engineering, Northeastern Engineering (Structural), Graves Engineering (Civil)  and MacRostie Historic Advisors serve as the Historic Consultant. 

The project has received preliminary approval for listing on the National Register of Historic Places from the National Park Service and has qualified for both federal and state historic tax credits.  The project is also receiving state and local support through a Housing Development Tax Increment Exemption (TIE) Agreement with the City of Worcester and Housing Development (HD) Investment Tax Credits through the Massachusetts Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP).  Chatham Lofts is being financed by Webster Five and the PCI Fund and equity has been raised through The Menkiti Group’s eMpower Worcester Opportunity Zone Fund, part of the Department of the Treasury’s Opportunity Zone (OZ) program.

“This project builds on the momentum of establishing a dynamic downtown neighborhood,” said city Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. “It is a critical part of bringing more folks to Worcester and generating activity in and around the downtown core. It also brings to new life a real architectural gem in Downtown Worcester. The people living in Chatham Lofts will be able to walk to nearby restaurants and stores and take in all the splendor of the Theatre District. Worcester is the Heart of the Commonwealth, and the downtown area is the heartbeat of the City. That heartbeat continues to beat stronger with the addition of projects like Chatham Lofts.”

Bo Menkiti and members of The Menkiti Group team were joined at Monday’s construction tour by City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr., City Councilor Candy Mero-Carlson, Timothy P. Murray, President and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, and community members as well as representatives and partners of the project.

 “Our company is committed to enhancing the fabric of life in America’s urban communities and the City of Worcester has welcomed us and deployment of our neighborhood investment model into their community,” said Menkiti. “Great cities are made up of great neighborhoods and the authenticity of Worcester and the strength and support of its people and its small businesses are what drew us here and drive our long-term commitment to the city.”

ABOUT THE MENKITI GROUP

The Menkiti Group is a Washington, D.C.-based real estate services company dedicated to enhancing the fabric of life in America’s urban neighborhoods through the strategic development, management, and sale of residential and commercial property. Over the past 15 years, The Menkiti Group has delivered and maintained in its pipeline more than 1.5 million square feet of property, has invested over $200 million in D.C.’s emerging neighborhoods, and has assisted over 2,000 families in purchasing their first homes. For more information, please visit MenkitiGroup.com or call (202) 733-5455.

 Victoria Zelefsky | vzelefsky@menkitigroup.com

MLK Gateway Welcomes Capital One Café To Historic Anacostia

Capital One Café inks lease for third Washington, D.C. location east of the river

Reported on August 14, 2020

The Menkiti Group | 3401 8th Street NE | Washington | DC 20017


WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Menkiti Group, a local DC-based minority-owned integrated real estate services company focused on enhancing urban neighborhoods, announced today that Capital One Café will be the newest tenant at the historic Anacostia MLK Gateway project opening in 2021.

Located at the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, MLK Gateway is a collaboration of DC Government and the private sector, including the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), The Menkiti Group, and Enlightened, Inc., and is poised to become a catalytic center of commerce and street-fronting retail, driving economic opportunity in the heart of historic Anacostia.

“Our vision for MLK Gateway has always been to create a community-oriented project that drives neighborhood impact,” said Bo Menkiti, founder and chief executive officer, The Menkiti Group. “The opportunity to have Capital One Café join us as a tenant at MLK Gateway further delivers on the mission to enhance historic Anacostia with neighborhood offerings that support community engagement and economic vitality.”

Phase One of MLK Gateway includes a mix of commercial uses and features the restoration of 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail as well as 20,000 square feet of newly built office space. The project is anchored by Enlightened Inc., an award-winning information technology and cybersecurity firm that will relocate its new headquarters to MLK Gateway. The project’s design embraces and incorporates the site’s existing historic facades and is a rich backdrop for a new epicenter of commerce, culture, and technology with a vibrant mix of neighborhood-serving retail.

“Mayor Bowser was thrilled to work with The Menkiti Group to revitalize the MLK Gateway and to relocate Enlightened’s headquarters to the intersection of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Avenue in historic Anacostia,” said John J. Falcicchio, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. “The addition of Capital One as a retail tenant will provide further vibrancy and also give residents better access to a major financial institution.”

Capital One Café will occupy approximately 3,700 square feet at MLK Gateway, bringing reimagined design and banking services to the space. The Café will offer a full-service coffee and tea bar featuring locally sourced food and beverages, complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as nooks and meeting rooms for the public to use as collaborative workspaces. Intentionally designed to provide a relaxed and inviting atmosphere to both customers as well as neighborhood guests, all visitors will also be able to engage in a variety of financial education opportunities while in the Café.   

From interactive screens showcasing financial management content to free confidential one-on-one Money Coaching sessions to regularly scheduled free Money Workshops, the Café provides an experience that highlights opportunity paths to achieve financial goals. Café Ambassadors will also be on site to assist with exploring banking solutions and options while ATMs will be readily available for banking services.

“Capital One Cafés are not only a place to get help with accounts or focus on financial wellness, they serve as a convening space for the local community. Our investment in the Anacostia MLK Gateway location gives us the chance to bring that experience to another important DC neighborhood, complementing our existing network of Cafés and Branches,said Jennifer Windbeck, Senior Vice President of Capital One Cafés, Branches, & Private Banking.

Consistently focused on building with and for the communities and customers it serves, Capital One Café will offer free meeting space for neighborhood associations, non-profits and students. Supporting various organizations across the D.C. Metropolitan area, Capital One has strong relationships with Anacostia-based community partners including the Anacostia Economic Development Corporation, Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, and ARCH Development Corporation.

The Menkiti Group has been actively engaged with the historic Anacostia community for the past four years, working together with the Bowser Administration and DMPED to execute on a collaborative vision for equitable and sustainable economic development in Ward 8.  MLK Gateway will include the launch of a technology incubator activating the site for the greater part of the day and providing jobs and pathways to opportunity for residents and businesses. Phase Two of the project includes the construction of a new building at 1909-1913 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE with street-level retail and multi-story office space above which will serve as the new home for the DC Department of Housing and Community Development.

“Our commitment has and always will be to enhance the fabric of life in America’s urban communities. We are honored to partner with Mayor Bowser, DMPED, Enlightened and Capital One who share a similar commitment as we develop this project that brings to life the community’s vision for the future of the Anacostia neighborhood,” said Menkiti.

ABOUT THE MENKITI GROUP

The Menkiti Group is a Washington, D.C.-based real estate services company dedicated to enhancing the fabric of life in America’s urban neighborhoods through the strategic development, management, and sale of residential and commercial property. Over the past 15 years, The Menkiti Group has delivered and maintains in its pipeline more than 2 million square feet of property, has invested over $200 million in D.C.’s emerging neighborhoods and has assisted over 2,000 families in purchasing their first homes. For more information, please visit MenkitiGroup.com.

ABOUT CAPITAL ONE

Capital One Financial Corporation (​www.capitalone.com​) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N.A., had $243.7 billion in deposits and $365.7 billion in total assets as of December 31, 2017. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses, and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has branches located primarily in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “COF” and is included in the S&P 100 index. Visit the Capital One newsroom for more ​Capital One news​.

 Maya Nadeem | 443.309.5092 | maya@menkitigroup.com

The Menkiti Group Breaks Ground on Historic Project in Anacostia

MLK Gateway to serve as a new epicenter of commerce, culture and technology with a vibrant mix of neighborhood-serving retail

by. Maya Nadeem | Maya@menkitigroup.com

Photo Credit to Khalid Naji‐Allah
Bo Menkiti, founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group (right), is joined by Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser and Antwanye Ford, president and CEO of Enlightened Inc., at the MLK Gateway Groundbreaking Celebration on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020.

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The Menkiti Group was joined by Mayor Muriel Bowser and city officials Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of the first phase of the MLK Gateway, a project being developed by The Menkiti Group and Enlightened Inc. in partnership as MLK Gateway Partners LLC (MGP). Located at the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, MLK Gateway will become a catalytic center of commerce, driving economic opportunity in the heart of historic Anacostia.

“We are excited about returning Good Hope Road and MLK to the center of commerce in historic Anacostia. We believe this project is an innovative example of community-led participative development and serves as a model for how the public and private sectors can collaborate to drive neighborhood impact,” said Bo Menkiti, founder and chief executive officer, The Menkiti Group.

Phase One of the project includes a mix of uses and features the restoration of 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail as well as 20,000 square feet of newly built office space. The project is anchored by Enlightened Inc., award-winning minority-owned information technology and cybersecurity firm that will relocate its nearly 150 district-based employees to a new headquarters at MLK Gateway. The building’s design embraces and incorporates the site’s existing historic facades and is a rich backdrop for new vibrant street-fronting retail.

Photo Credit to Khalid Naji‐Allah
Mayor Muriel Bowser, city officials and project partners join Bo Menkiti, founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group to break ground on the MLK Gateway project, a new catalytic center of commerce driving economic opportunity in the heart of Historic Anacostia.

Photo Credit to Khalid Naji‐Allah
Bo Menkiti, founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group, and Antwanye Ford, president and CEO of Enlightened Inc., celebrated the groundbreaking of the MLK Gateway project on Wednesday with the support of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White and Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie.

“We are proud to be a part of the MLK Gateway Partners and to be a change agent for tech innovation, job creation and economic development for small businesses in Anacostia and beyond,” said Antwanye Ford, president, and chief executive officer, Enlightened Inc.

Phase Two of the project will include the construction of a new building at 1909-1913 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE with street-level retail and multistory office space above.

Photo Credit to Andre Russell

“Today, we are continuing the transformation of this historic neighborhood by revitalizing the gateway of the Anacostia business area,” said Mayor Bowser. “My Administration never gave up on this project because we know it will help us bring jobs, housing, and new amenities to Ward 8. We thank all of our community and private sector partners for making this project a reality.”

The Menkiti Group’s engagement around the community’s vision for equitable and sustainable economic development began over four years ago. Through meetings with dozens of community groups, The Menkiti Group was able to gain a greater understanding of the assets and needs of neighborhood residents and business owners. The long-standing vacant site houses two lots and four storefronts that will transform into retail, restaurant and incubator space to support local small businesses. Neighborhood-serving retail will provide a vibrant tenant mix and activate the site for the greater part of the day as well as provide jobs and pathways to opportunity for Ward 8 residents and businesses.


Photo Credit to Andre Russell
Members from The Menkiti Group and Enlightened Inc., in partnership as MLK Gateway Partners LLC (MGP), celebrated MLK Gateway, a project they are developing located at the corner of Good Hope Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE in the heart of Historic Anacostia in Washington, D.C.

“MLK Gateway demonstrates what we can deliver when the public and private sectors work together to make big, strategic investments and use new tools like Opportunity Zones to support existing communities,” said John Falcicchio, interim deputy mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

“We look forward to bringing this historic corner of the Anacostia business center back to life again.”

The MLK Gateway is a model for public and private collaboration with partners including The Menkiti Group, Enlightened Inc., the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), PNC Bank, RMS Investment Group and City First Bank of DC.

The project was financed using a combination of $4.25 million in New Market Tax Credits and $3.3 million in Opportunity Zone funding, grant funding and senior debt. The Project is the first in the country to deploy a combination of both Opportunity Zone funding and New Market Tax Credit. The project also received a $700,000 grant from DMPED’s Neighborhood Prosperity Fund. Hickok Cole is the project architect and Consigli Construction Co., Inc. will serve as the general contractor.

The MLK Gateway project will stimulate sustainable economic impact in Ward 8. Enlightened Inc. will become the largest private technology employer to move east of the Anacostia River in four decades, further accelerating job growth in Historic Anacostia. Enlightened Inc. also plans to launch a technology incubator to groom growing tech firms to do business with the federal government and will run a cybersecurity training program to enable local residents to gain marketable information technology skills. MLK Gateway will be developed and owned by a 100% DC-based local minority-owned Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) team comprised of The Menkiti Group and Enlightened Inc.

“The MLK Gateway project is an example of what is possible when residents, the D.C. government and the private sector come together,” said Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie. “This project will not just revitalize this prominent intersection and gateway to Historic Anacostia, it will bring jobs with a new technology company, Enlightened Inc., and a small business incubator to provide training and expand residents’ access to greater economic opportunity.”

Photo Credit to Andre Russell
Bo Menkiti and The Menkiti Group were joined at Wednesday’s groundbreaking by Enlightened Inc. President and CEO Antwanye Ford, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio and community members as well as representatives and partners of the project.

Bo Menkiti and The Menkiti Group were joined at Wednesday’s groundbreaking by Enlightened Inc. President and CEO Antwanye Ford, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon White, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio and community members as well as representatives and partners of the project.

Photo Credit to Andre Russell

Bo Menkiti, founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group, Kymber Lovett‐Menkiti and their 8‐week‐old son, Kameron Menkiti, share the spotlight at Wednesday’s MLK Gateway Groundbreaking event in Historic Anacostia.

“It is in our company’s DNA to pursue our commitment to enhancing the fabric of life in America’s urban communities. We are honored to be standing today with others that share a similar commitment as we break ground on this project that brings to life the community’s vision for the future of the Anacostia neighborhood,” said Menkiti.

Reported on January 8th, 2020 | by Maya Nadeem | Contact 202.733.5456

25th Annual Brookland Lights Trolley Tour

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The Annual Brookland Trolley Tour Celebration of Lights took place this past Sunday, December 16th and broke all previous attendance records. With almost 500 friends and neighbors joining in to celebrate the holiday season, joy was all around!

Relive the magic in the video below, and be sure to join us next year for the 25th Annual Milestone Tour!
More Photos Available Online

Thank You to our generous sponsors and jolly volunteers who made the event possible.

Annie’s Ace Hardware
Brookland Pint
Chipotle
Good Food Market
Potbelly
Right Proper Brewing Co.
San Antonio Bar & Brill
Smith Public Trust
Wardman Wines
Yes Organic Market
Zeke’s Coffee

MG Residential is a 2019 Washingtonian Top Team


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Guided by in-depth knowledge to evaluate, prepare, price, and showcase properties, we get top results for our clients. With more than 175 new construction units sold, we are also go-to experts for many developers and investors.


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901 Monroe St NE Development Update

We are currently in a holding pattern, awaiting changes to the District of Columbia’s Comprehensive Plan, for updates to the Future Use Land Map, which would allow for our proposed ‘Ravenna at Brookland Station’ project to be built.

In the interest of providing a transparent and factual understanding of what has happened with the project over the last 10 years, the Menkiti Group and Horning Brothers team provide the following detailed overview of the 901 Monroe Street NE project. 

A description of the project and proposed renderings of the design may be found here.

Initial Phases/Background

  • The existing zoning designation at 901 Monroe Street NE is inconsistent with current urban planning and transit-oriented development concepts which are expressly designed to enhance American cities and neighborhoods. The existing zoning designation is especially problematic when considering the site’s proximity to Metro and its position along a major commercial corridor.
  • Members of the Brookland community and DC Office of Planning spent 3-5 years developing the Brookland/CUA Metro Station Small Area Plan which was approved by the DC Council in 2009. This plan called for increased density on the 901 Monroe Street NE site along with greater connectivity between the east and west sides of the rail tracks. The plan contemplates buildings of greater density and height than allowed by existing zoning.

Timeline/Progress + Milestones

  • Over the course of more than 40 community meetings in 2011 and 2012, the Menkiti Group and Horning Brothers team proposed a project designed in keeping with the Small Area Plan. Any proposed development exceeding one-story required modification of the underlying zoning designation. In this case, we pursued approval of a Planned Unit Development process (PUD) by the Zoning Commission, which is a public process designed to ensure that neighborhood residents and the surrounding community are thoughtfully considered and provided with tangible community benefits.
  • Over the course of many additional meetings and conversations with community members, the Menkiti Horning team significantly modified the proposed PUD to accommodate neighborhood feedback.
  • The PUD was approved unanimously by the Zoning Commission in 2012.
  • The PUD was appealed, and the Court of Appeals requested that the Zoning Commission clarify the published PUD approval order regarding medium vs. moderate density projects.
  • The PUD was again approved unanimously by the Zoning Commission in 2013.
  • The PUD was appealed a second time, at which time the Court of Appeals suggested that the Zoning Commission process was broken, and that the Zoning Commission needed to be more thorough and clearer in its process of writing PUD approval orders.
  • The PUD was once again approved unanimously by the Zoning Commission in 2015.
  • The PUD was appealed a third time. The Court of Appeals appeared to be moving to remand the PUD to the Zoning Commission yet again. However, our attorney specifically requested that they not remand the case but render a final decision.

    In 2016, The Court of Appeals responded by overturning the Zoning Commission’s Order, thus vacating the original and all successive PUD approvals.
  • Since 2016, a wave of similar appeals has swept across the District, affecting other significant development projects in the city, including the nearby $720M McMillan Sand Filtration Plant redevelopment. See this July 2017 article from BISNOW.

What needs to happen for the 901 Monroe project to move forward?

  • Also in 2016, a formal Comprehensive Plan Amendment cycle was initiated by the Office of Planning. As part of this process, more than 3,000 public comments were submitted. In March 2018, the DC Council held a hearing to capture public testimony regarding the Comprehensive Plan and nearly 300 members of the community testified in a record session that lasted more than 13 hours. Members of the Menkiti Horning team testified in support of proposed Comprehensive Plan amendments.
  • In the Fall of 2018, the DC Council delayed the Comprehensive Plan Amendment discussion that would in turn update the now outdated Future Land Use Map. The DC Council has committed to address the Comprehensive Plan Amendment process in an upcoming legislative session in 2019. See this January 2019 article from Washington Business Journal.
  • Through all this a vacant property lies wasting away at a key location in one of DC’s great neighborhoods.

Happening at the site now:

  • For the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Monroe Street Bridge Project to be completed efficiently, the DDOT contractor required an adjacent staging location for construction equipment and materials. The Menkiti Horning team has temporarily leased space to Fort Myer Construction for the duration of the bridge reconstruction project.  We have no information on the duration or

The Menkiti Horning team remains committed to turning the vacant property at 901 Monroe St NE into a vibrant project. Future updates will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

24th Annual Brookland Lights Trolley Tour

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The Annual Brookland Trolley Tour Celebration of Lights took place this past Sunday, December 16th and broke all previous attendance records. With almost 500 friends and neighbors joining in to celebrate the holiday season, joy was all around!

Relive the magic in the video below, and be sure to join us next year for the 25th Annual Milestone Tour!
More Photos Available Online

Thank You to our generous sponsors and jolly volunteers who made the event possible.

Annie’s Ace Hardware
Brookland Pint
Chipotle
Good Food Market
Potbelly
Right Proper Brewing Co.
San Antonio Bar & Brill
Smith Public Trust
Wardman Wines
Yes Organic Market
Zeke’s Coffee