Monroe Street Market transforms the Catholic University of America (CUA) South Campus into a vibrant, mixed-use community. Under construction since November 2011, the development is substantially complete, with a final stage of development beginning in March 2015 of 45 townhouses, roughly 1,250 additional units, and 20,000 square feet (1,900 sq m) of retail space.
Located on five city blocks in Washington, D.C., adjacent to the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station and just three miles (4.8 km) north of the U.S. Capitol, Monroe Street Market consists of three buildings—Brookland Works, Portland Flats, and Cornerstone—encompassing about 720 residences, 45 townhouses, 83,000 square feet (7,700 sq m) of street-level retail space, 15,000 square feet (1,400 sq m) of artists’ studio space, a 3,000-square-foot (280 sq m) community arts center, and 850 parking spaces.
Art is a fundamental part of Monroe Street Market. Monroe Street, from Michigan Avenue to the Monroe Street Bridge, is an “Arts Walk,” a pedestrian-only corridor flanked by two five-story buildings that provide 27 ground-floor artists’ studios at below-market rent and 13,500 square feet (1,250 sq m) of retail space. The end of Michigan Avenue is topped with a 1,000-square-foot (93 sq m) public square with a central fountain and a 70-foot (21 m) clock tower.