MOUNT RAINER, Md. — For years, commuters driving out of D.C. and into Mount Rainier along Rhode Island Avenue couldn’t help but notice the old brick building turned into a mural on the corner of Eastern Avenue.

“On the inside of it, it’s terrible,” Mount Rainier Mayor Melinda Miles says. “The outside looked good because they used really good brick.”

But now the mural and building is gone.

“It’s going to give Mount Rainier a big face uplift that we haven’t had in years,” Miles says.

City and county leaders are thrilled about it because of what’s coming in its place.

“Approximately 200 units of residential and about 20,000 feet of retail,” says Guy Silverman with Street Sense Development.

Street Sense Development is also behind the Hyattsville Arts District. He says this project just makes sense.

“It’s the gateway into the arts district and into the county,” Silverman says.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.