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Takoma Park Recreation Center Development Project

The City of Takoma Park Maryland issued a solicitation for letters of interest in 2017 to identify potential partners for the redevelopment of the Takoma Park Recreation Center.  The focus of this initial effort was to explore options for the redevelopment of the site in partnership with the selected development team and to develop a project which, when constructed, will expand the recreational opportunities currently available to community residents while advancing the City Council’s affordable housing and economic development goals.

Current Project Status

Staff is working with Montgomery County Parks Department to facilitate the transfer of ownership of the property to the City of Takoma Park.

Background and Project History

The redevelopment of the Takoma Park Recreation Center, located at 7315 New Hampshire Avenue, is sited within the study area of the Takoma Langley Crossroads Sector Plan. The Sector Plan, endorsed by the City Council in 2011, recommends the replacement of the Recreation Center due to its age, poor condition, inefficient layout and limited capacity. The  facility, managed and programmed by the City of Takoma Park’s Recreation Department, is owned by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

A solicitation for Letters of Interest for a partner for the redevelopment of the site was issued by the City in March 2017. Five development teams expressed interest in working with the City on this project: Brandstetter Carroll, Inc., Coalition Homes and The Orlo Fund, Community Preservation Development Corporation (CPDC), Mission First Housing Development Corporation, and Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP). An initial review of the qualifications of the five respondents was conducted by staff and their preliminary recommendations were presented to the City Council on June 21, 2017.

The City Council met with four of the development teams on July 12, 2017 to learn more about their qualifications and interest in partnering with the City on the project. The Council discussed the proposed project on July 26 and again on September 13, 2017, deferring further action on the project until the fall of 2018.

Project Lead & Contact Info

Sara Anne Daines
Director, Housing and Community Development
Phone: 301-891-7224
Email: sarad@takomaparkmd.gov

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