The Takoma Junction City-owned parking lot is the focus of an initiative to redevelop the property to help revitalize the commercial area. In January 2014 the City released a Request for Proposals, beginning a process of exploring the possibilities for that property. On March 23, 2015, the Takoma Park City Council narrowed the list of finalists to the team consisting of Neighborhood Development Company (NDC) and SORG Architects. The Council expects to vote on a resolution for selecting the NDC-SORG team as developer for Takoma Junction at the Council meeting on April 13, 2015.
Finalist: Neighborhood Development Company & SORG Architects
The following information has been provided by Neighborhood Development Company. Design concepts, including illustrations and site plans are preliminary in nature and subject to change through the development process.
- Public Presentation of Project, September 23, 2014:
- Updated Information Sheet, January 27, 2015
- Information Sheet of details of Proposal, October 6, 2014
- Responses to Clarifying Questions, November 3, 2014
Updates about the City Council process are presented below in reverse chronological order, from the release of the request for proposals in January 2014 to the present.
Mar 23 - City Council narrowed the finalist list to the team consisting of Neighborhood Development Company (NDC) and SORG Architects in a work session. The Council expects to vote on a resolution for selecting the NDC-SORG team as developer for Takoma Junction at the Council meeting on April 13.
Mar 2 - City Council held a closed session discussion with the TPSS Co-op.
Mar 2 - Two remaining redevelopment finalists are announced in a statement from Mayor Bruce Williams.
Feb 17 - City Council held a closed session discussion with the three redevelopment finalists.
Feb 13 - Community Three Development withdrew their application for the Takoma Junction Redevelopment project.
Feb 3 - City Council held Listening Session #2 on the Takoma Junction Redevelopment.
Jan 21 - City Council held Listening Session #1 on the Takoma Junction Redevelopment.
Jan 12 - City Council discussed financial information related to the Takoma Junction redevelopment proposals in a work session.
Nov 18 - Four finalist developer groups presented their proposals and interacted wth community members at an Open House.
Nov 3 - City Council discussed Responses to Clarifying Questions provided by developers in a work session.
Oct 10 - The City transmitted Clarifying Questions (PDF) to the finalist developers.
Oct 6 - City Council discussed clarifying questions for finalist developers for the Takoma Junction Redevelopment in a work session.
Sep 29 - City Council heard public comment on the Takoma Junction Redevelopment and discussed the proposals in a work session.
Sep 23 - The four finalists made public presentations in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. See the video and download the individual presentations:
- The Ability Project (PDF)
- Community Three Development (PDF)
- Keystar & Eco Housing (PDF)
- Neighborhood Development Company & SORG (PDF)
Sep 5 - Four redevelopment finalists were announced and invited to present their proposals to the community on September 23, 2014 at the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium.
- Press Release (PDF)
May 29 - The City Attorney issued a memo to the City Council providing ethics advice related to the Takoma Junction redevelopment proposals.
- Ethics Memo (PDF)
May 28 - Request for Proposals closed at 4:00 p.m.
Mar 28 - Several groups have notified City staff that they are interested in locating at the Takoma Junction and shared their contact information for collaborating with prospective developers in one or more responses to the RFP.
Mar 5 - The Montgomery County Planning Department identified an error on the Interactive Zoning Map for the property, and has updated the proposed Commercial/Residential Town (CRT) with an FAR of 0.75 (C-0.5, R-0.25, Height 35') for the zoning ordinance rewrite, expected to come into effect after October 30, 2014. The Commercial Revitalization Overlay Zone will continue to permit a height up to 42' for commercial development and 50’ to accommodate residential development, at the discretion of the Planning Board. Inquiries regarding the existing and proposed zoning should be directed to Matt Johnson, Montgomery County Planning Department, at 301-495-1325.
Feb 25 - Responses to questions posed to City staff since the release of the RFP, and at the February 12 Information Meeting are provided.
Feb 12 - An information meeting hosted by City staff in the auditorium of the Takoma Park Community Center.
Jan 22 - The City released a Request for Proposals, encouraging submissions that: act as a stimulus to the commercial district and locally-owned, independent businesses; improve the aesthetic appeal of the district; and are contextually sensitive and environmentally sustainable.
- Request for Proposals (PDF)
Jan 6 - Takoma Park City Council approved a solicitation for proposals from experienced developers for the redevelopment of the City-owned property in Takoma Junction, presently serving as a surface parking lot. The 1.2-acre property at the intersection of two state highways is zoned for mixed-use and its redevelopment should contribute to the ongoing revitalization of Takoma Junction.