Strategy Overview

Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, NE is a predominantly commercial corridor in the northeast end of Ward 7 that crosses through multiple neighborhoods – some of which are recognized as the oldest and longest-standing Black communities in D.C. The study area includes a one-mile stretch of the corridor that runs from Minnesota Avenue, NE as its western boundary and Division Avenue, NE as its eastern boundary. The study area includes parcels predominantly zoned for multi-family residential and mixed-uses, as well as public parks and open space. 


This Corridor Plan’s deliverables will guide the development of neighborhood-serving mixed-use parcels along Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave, NE. The existing neighborhood character and community culture must be incorporated into the Public Realm Strategy, Marvin Gaye Park Vision, and Urban Design Guidelines. Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave, NE has strong potential for infill and revitalization, and there is an opportunity to apply urban ecology principles to guide sustainable public realm and urban design improvements, which will define key intersections and neighborhood hubs that include retail and mixed uses 

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Goals for the Nannie Helen Burroughs Corridor Study Area

Goals for the Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave, NE Corridor Strategy Tasks include: 


  1. Public Realm: Create guiding principles for active street environment, open spaces, and park environments that helps reinvigorate the commercial corridor while improving user accessibility.  

  1. Urban Design: Develop strategies to improve the pedestrian experience of the corridor’s gateways, including the activation and maintenance of the significant amount of green space, while increasing density for commercial, retail, and residential uses. 

  1. Retail Strategy: Update the Deanwood Retail Market Analysis (2017) and identify the commercial nodes best poised for revitalization. 

Map of proposed Study Area

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