Montgomery County planning staff is recommending approval, with conditions, project and preliminary plans for a mixed-use development in Germantown near the future home of Wegmans.
The planning board is expected to discuss the project during its regular meeting on Thursday, March 14.
The so-called Crystal Rock development would be situated north of Father Hurley Boulevard/Ridge Road, between Crystal Rock Drive and Interstate 270 in Germantown, according to a department memo.
The project calls for:
- 1,097,800 square feet of office space
- 91,400 square feet of retail space;
- a 243,240-square-foot hotel with 350 rooms,
- 1,618 total residential units—with 1,178 of those residences designated for senior housing
County planning staff is expected to recommend the approval, with conditions, of a plan to redevelop 7535 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda. According to a planning department memo:
- The redevelopment proposes the demolition of the existing two-story drive-through bank to replace it with a mixed-use, 143-foot-tall multi-family high-rise building in the Bethesda Metro Core District.
- The proposed development provides 140,345 square feet of residential property with an additional 5,000 square feet of commercial/non-residential space.
- The application proposes public space opposite the Clark building and the Bethesda Metro along Old Georgetown Road.
"The Applicant is proposing a mixed-use redevelopment with up to 120 multi-family residential units, including 12.5 [percent as] Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs), 5,000 square feet of retail space, below-grade parking, and public use space and amenity space," the memo said. "The application proposes the 5.0 [Floor Area Ratio] allowed by the Zone. The building proposal is 15 stories, or 143 feet as measured from Commerce Lane.
"The open public amenity plaza will create an appealing pedestrian experience with an intimate vest pocket park in an urban landscape. The park will include a highly designed plaza pavilion, high quality paving materials, creative lighting, a lush planting pallet, and an integrated bioretention system."
Read more about the proposed development on Bethesda Patch.
Planning staff is expected to recommend approval, with conditions, a request for three lots for three, one-family residential units (one of which already exists), located at 15615 Riding Stable Road in Burtonsville, according to a department memo.
The first work session for the Glenmont Sector Plan is scheduled, with a discussion for the board to provide guidance to staff. Possible topics in the discussion include land use, zoning and transportation, according to the meeting's agenda.