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. Learn more about the project, process and timeline.
We Want to Hear from You
City Council values community input and encourages continued conversation on the four proposals. A series of Listening Sessions are scheduled in early 2015 for residents, neighbors, and business owners to share their thoughts with City Council and each other, in the Community Center Auditorium:
- Wednesday, January 21, 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 3, 7:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m. (tentative)
Public comments can also be provided at the beginning of council meetings or submitted via webform for Council consideration.
The following images and plans are conceptual in nature and subject to change through the development process.
The Ability Project
Neighborhood Development Company & SORG
Community Three Development
Keystar & Eco Housing
Jan 21 - City Council held Listening Session #1 on the Takoma Junction Redevelopment, moderated by the City Manager
Jan 12 - City Council discussed financial information related to the Takoma Junction redevelopment proposals in a worksession.
Nov 24 - City Council discussed community benefits and trade-offs associated with Junction redevelopment in a worksession.
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 finalists are 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.