Request for Proposals
On January 6, 2014, 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.
Takoma Junction is the focus of community interest and efforts to improve the economic viability of the businesses, traffic, livability, and pedestrian use of this area. Specific attention has been given to providing amenities to the neighboring residential areas; improving pedestrian, bicycle and auto access; addressing commercial parking concerns; preserving existing green and open space; and increasing the vitality of this commercial area.
The City encourages proposals 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.
Proposals will be evaluated on the overall vision and concept, the ability to implement, and the financing structure. Selected developers will be invited to present their proposals to the community. Takoma Park City Council will review the proposals. Download theRequest for Proposals (PDF) with full site description, submission guidelines, and selection criteria. Proposals are due May 28, 2014.
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 19 - An information meeting hosted by City staff has held on Wednesday, February 12, in the auditorium of the Takoma Park Community Center.
- Takoma Junction ESA Phase I (PDF)
- Takoma Junction ESA Phase II (PDF)
- Design Guidelines for Commercial Buildings in the City of Takoma Park (PDF)