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What Amenities Do You Want from Konterra?

Share your thoughts on Patch.

Under the current draft of the Kensington Sector Plan, Konterra can only build a 75-foot building on its property if it provides amenities

The developer has to gather the community's ideas on what those public benefits might be.

But in the meantime, what would you like to see come out of the process? A railway crossing? Open space? New crosswalks? Perhaps even the much-maligned clock tower?

Share your ideas in the comments.

Darin Bartram March 13, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I think this is going to be hashed out an upcoming charette. We will have to be careful to distinguish between features that are required of any building by virtue of the sector plan and design guidelines, versus "extras" that are put forth to justify the request for additional height. That said, I think a clock or bell tower *could* be a nice feature. Especially one that has a train-related theme.
jivan17 March 13, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Mr Bartram, though we don't typically agree, I think you've encapsulated the issue very well. We shouldn't be distracted by "nice to have" versus "need to have." It is my interpretation based on what's been written, testimony from Fred Boyd, etc., that pedestrian-friendly streetscape is "need to have" as is respect for the scale of surrounding residential and the train station. I hope the charrette is inclusive, impartial, professional and in-depth enough to accomplish those goals and unite the community around these important changes.
Aldo Morri March 13, 2012 at 03:54 PM
An aesthetically pleasing design woudl be nice, but let's face it...anything new and decent.. and why shouldn't they provide that since they want to attract renters...willl be much better than the gravel pitt and eyesores that have dominated. People, lets welcome Konterra to the neighborhood as friends who come in peace and a start of something new and great. Personally, I would love to have a nice coffee shop...even if a chain...and a small "Trader Joes" type of organic food place.
Jeremy Button March 13, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I know some people who deal with branding for Thomas the Train. I am happy to approach them about a tasteful rendering to augment the clock tower. While I know people in Chevy Chase view would prefer it be a cuckoo clock or even something digital, I think we should keep it traditional and tasteful so its in keeping with the historic aesthetic of the town.
MocoLoco March 13, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Clock tower should resemble a minaret.

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