Fences are up and available parking is down in the lot in front of Regal Row, the retail strip anchored by the Regal Cinemas in Rockville Town Center.
Construction is set to begin on a hotel, residential and retail project on the site of the parking lot bounded by East Middle Lane, East Montgomery Avenue, Monroe Street and Maryland Avenue.
The pay-to-park lot, which reaches capacity with patrons of Regal’s 13 movie theaters and Town Center restaurants and businesses on weekends, has been reduced to just 150 spaces, said Rocio Snowdy, a neighborhood resource coordinator with the City of Rockville. Pricing at the lot will remain the same.
In preparation for the construction, the city has been working with Rockville Economic Development, Inc. to spread the word about the shrinking parking—and to help drivers find a space, Snowdy said.
The website rockvilleparking.com was created to provide a map to parking in Town Center and to help answer frequently asked questions about parking in the city. It provides pricing information for lots and meters and includes information about the construction project and links to the Regal Row merchants, which will remain open throughout construction. Construction is expected to be complete by early spring 2015.
The city also is making brochures with the parking information available at city facilities including City Hall, the Rockville Senior Center, the Rockville Memorial Library and in businesses along Regal Row, Snowdy said. Additional signage in Town Center also will direct drivers to parking, she said.
The Reston, VA-based Duball LLC ultimately plans to build 485-multifamily homes, a 140-room Cambria Suites hotel and 40,000 square-feet of street level retail in two high-rise towers on the site. The first phase is to include about 263 residences, the hotel, and 17,000 square feet of street level retail plus public and private parking. When the two towers are completed, they are to include approximately 1,000 parking spaces.