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A Look at Rockville Town Center's Second Phase

Apartments, a drug store and a bank are in the mix for downtown revitalization.

 

Several redevelopment projects planned for Rockville Town Center’s second phase were mentioned at Tuesday’s meeting of the Town Center Action Team.

Here’s a brief overview of a few of those redevelopment projects:

 

Bank of America building, 255 N. Washington St.

KSI Services Inc. filed a proposed use permit in 2006 for what is described on the city’s website as “a multi-story condominium complex with live/work and commercial units on the first floor.”

Click here for a rendering of an earlier version of that proposal.

Nancy Regelin, an attorney for KSI and Cornerstone, which owns the property, said at Tuesday’s TCAT meeting that the preliminary development plan approved in 2004 called for 325 units with retail on the first floor.

The plan KSI/Cornerstone is now considering would include two-story live/work units with front doors and stoops facing the city’s West End along North Washington Street.

A high-rise behind the two-story units and along Maryland Avenue would be six- to 10-stories, with retail on the first floor, Regelin said. (By comparison, the Bank of America building on the site is six stories high.)

The project would rise about 108 feet high along Maryland Avenue and about 75 feet on the side visible from Beall Avenue and facing the West End. Parking would be both underground and above ground with apartments wrapping around a garage at the structure’s core.

Some of the details were outlined in a 2009 post on the West End Citizen’s Association blog.

“We probably won’t reduce the density [from the 2004 plan], but it’ll look different,” Regelin said.

Click here to see the project on the map.

 

The former Orange Ball Billiards, 430 Hungerford Drive.

The former two-story former Orange Ball Billiards restaurant and pool hall will be converted into a one-story, 13,878-square-foot drug store. The project has been approved for a Walgreens drug store and permits have been filed, Rockville planning chief Jim Wasilak said.

Click here to read more about the project.

 

The former Giant Food, 275 N. Washington St.

In July, Hungerford Retail II, LLC filed a pre-application for a two-story mixed-use building. The project would include a 5,000-square-foot bank branch at the corner of North Washington Street and Dawson Avenue—which would eventually be extended under the city’s master plan—with a bank drive-through in the back. The ground floor also would include 7,000 square feet of retail and/or possibly restaurant space along North Washington Street. The second floor would be about 12,000 square feet of office space.

Click here to read more about the project.

On Sept. 12, Hungerford Retail II filed plans to subdivide the property.

Click here for details.

At a TCAT meeting on Jan. 31, JBG Companies vice president Anthony Greenberg outlined plans for building a four-to-five-story-high complex of “independent senior” apartments with retail on the ground floor, Rockville resident Max A. van Balgooy reported on his Max for Rockville blog. The rents would be market rate, in the $2,000 to $3,000 range, van Balgooy wrote.

 

Rockville Volunteer Fire Department Station 3, 380 Hungerford Drive.

JBG has made overtures about buying the property, but the fire department is “staying put for now,” Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio said Tuesday.

 

Click here for more on the city’s Town Center Master Plan.

Click here for a map of all of the city’s develop projects under review.

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