About Ward 5
Ward 5 is extremely diverse in character and history, ranging from quiet residential neighborhoods and local shopping streets, to new high-rise development and industrial uses. The Brookland neighborhood sits in the middle of the ward in the northeast quadrant. Developed as a commuter rail village in the late 19th century, it is full of charming Victorian homes and a number of Catholic institutions such as Catholic University of America and the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America. Brookland gives way to early 20th century bungalow neighborhoods such as Michigan Park and Lamond-Riggs to the north and Woodridge to the east.
To the west, neighborhoods such as Eckington and Bloomingdale, on either side of North Capitol Street, are more typical of the townhouse neighborhoods of central Washington, DC. To the south, Ivy City, Trinidad, and Carver-Langston are dominated by 20th century porch-front townhouses. To the east, Fort Lincoln is a modern “new town” development, with a mix of townhouses and apartments from the 1960s to the present.
Ward 5 has a great deal of both industrial land and open space. Florida Avenue Market has been the city’s wholesale center although it is transforming into a mixed-use district. Other industrial spaces abound in Eckington, Fort Totten, and along the passenger and freight rail corridors adjacent to New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road. The Ward is also home to the rolling hills of the National Arboretum and the great lawns of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The northern portion of the NoMA neighborhood sits within Ward 5, and a number of mixed-use, high-rise developments are finished or in the works, bringing a bit of the hustle and bustle of downtown to the ward
Planning in Ward 5
The Comprehensive Plan for the National Capital: District Elements has Area Elements (chapters) that provide geographically-specific policy guidance. Area Elements that cover neighborhoods within Ward 5 include:
The Comprehensive Plan’s Area Elements use planning boundaries, not Ward boundaries. The Comprehensive Plan is a 20-year plan, while Ward boundaries are political boundaries that can change every 10 years due to redistricting following the decennial Census.
Neighborhood and corridor plans for Ward 5 include:
- North Capitol Crossroads: a planning initiative underway.
- Florida/New York Intersection Public Life Study: a public life study completed in 2020.
- Union Market Streetscape Guidelines: a set of streetscape guidelines completed in 2017.
- Ward 5 Works: a technical study covering industrial uses in Ward 5, completed in 2014.
- Mid-City East Small Area Plan: a Small Area Plan completed in 2014.
- NoMA Vision Plan and Development Strategy: a strategy for the NoMA area completed in 2010.
- Riggs Rd and South Dakota Ave Final Development Plan: a Small Area Plan completed in 2009.
- Brookland-CUA Metro Station Area Small Area Plan: a Small Area Plan completed in 2009.
- Florida Avenue Market Small Area Plan: a Small Area Plan completed in 2009.
- North Capitol Clovereaf Feasibility Study: a Feasibility Study completed in 2009
Development Review in Ward 5
Historic Preservation in Ward 5
Ward 5 Maps and Data