Redevelopment of Takoma Junction Lot

Takoma Junction Request For Proposals Presentation Of Finalists

Moderator – Brian T. Kenner, City Manager

Agenda

7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 
Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium
7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park MD
  • 7:00 p.m. Welcome and Overview of Purpose of the Meeting

The Ability Project, LLC

  • 7:05 p.m. The Ability Project, LLC 
  • 7:05 p.m. Presentation
  • 7:25 p.m. Questions and Answers

7:40 p.m. Break

Community Three Development, LLC

  • 7:45 p.m. Community Three Development, LLC
  • 7:45 p.m. Presentation
  • 8:05 p.m. Questions and Answers

8:20 p.m. Break

Keystar, LLC / Eco Housing

  • 8:25 p.m. Keystar, LLC / Eco Housing 
  • 8:25 p.m. Presentation
  • 8:45 p.m. Questions and Answers

9:00 p.m. Break

Neighborhood Development Company, LLC

  • 9:05 p.m. Neighborhood Development Company, LLC 
  • 9:05 p.m. Presentation
  • 9:25 p.m. Questions and Answers

9:40 p.m. Summary of Next Steps
9:50 p.m. Adjourn

Proposal Finalists Announced!

The City is excited to announce the four finalists for redevelopment of the City owned lot at Takoma Junction:

  • The Ability Project
  • Community 3 Development, LLC
  • Keystar LLC and Eco Housing
  • Neighborhood Development Company

The four finalists will make public presentations on Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. Residents and neighboring property owners are encouraged to attend and give input to developers, City Council, and City Staff on the plans for the evolution of the Takoma Junction.

The Takoma Park City Council will have a work session to discuss the proposals on Monday, September 29. The agenda for the Council meeting will be available in advance. There will be additional opportunities for Council and public discussion of the proposals in the coming months.

At the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues, Takoma Junction is the focus of community interest and efforts to improve the economic viability of the businesses, traffic, livability, and pedestrian use. 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 encouraged proposals that would:

  • 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.

Selected developers are invited to present their proposals to the community on September 23, 2014, and the Takoma Park City Council will review the proposals in the fall. Download the Request for Proposals (PDF) with full site description, submission guidelines, and selection criteria.

Updates

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.

May 29 - The City Attorney issued a memo to the City Council providing ethics advice related to the Takoma Junction redevelopment proposals.

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 external link icon 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.

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.

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.

Background Documents

Overhead terrain map of Takoma Junction with border overlays