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Takoma Junction Redevelopment

About the Takoma Junction Redevelopment

The Takoma Junction City-owned parking lot is slated for redevelopment. Following a lengthy solicitation and evaluation process, the City Council selected Neighborhood Development Company (NDC) for the project. The Development Agreement, executed by the City and NDC in August 2016, establishes the framework for the project and identifies the actions required to proceed with the planned development. The City’s goals are for the project to:

  • act as a stimulus to the commercial district and locally-owned, independent businesses; 
  • improve the aesthetic appeal of the district; and
  • be contextually sensitive and environmentally sustainable.

Information on the process for completing the project is included in the Development Calendar.

Upcoming Opportunities to Learn More and Weigh in

The following Presentations and Work Session discussions will be held in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. Unless otherwise noted, meetings begin at 7:30 p.m.  There is an opportunity for public comment at the beginning of each City Council meeting. Written comments for the record should be submitted online for distribution to the City Council and posting on the website. Of course, comments can always be sent directly to Councilmembers.

April 4 – Public Presentation of the Takoma Junction Site Plan

The Neighborhood Development Company (NDC) and members of its team presented the COMBINED SITE PLAN to the public and the City Council.

April 7 – Takoma Junction “Open House”

On Saturday, April 7, the City held an informal event for community members to view the site plan presented by NDC earlier in the week and to comment on the plan.

April 11 –Work Session “Building Design and Placement on the Property”

This Council Work Session focused on the exterior design of the building, its “massing” or shape and the space it occupies, and its placement on the property, including architectural features such as the roof line, windows and entrances, materials and set-back. Building Design and Placement

April 18 – Work Session “Public Space and Sustainability Features”

This Council Work Session discussion will focus on the public realm and the public gathering opportunities which would be created as a result of the development. Sustainability features including design elements such as the proposed green roof, planned landscaping and other site features, and options promoting walking and biking will be discussed.

April 22 – Takoma Junction “Pop-Up”

Walk the site and get a sense of where the building would be located; see where you could sit outdoors and enjoy a cup of coffee or a conversation with your neighbor; check out the proposed location of the lay-by; and find out how you would be able to get to the underground parking area.

This one day “Pop-Up” will be held on-site on Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Healy Surgeons (7211 Carroll Avenue) and the Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op (201 Ethan Allen Avenue).

April 25 – Work Session “Traffic and Circulation”

This Council Work Session discussion will focus on vehicular and pedestrian circulation patterns and the potential impact of the project on existing traffic conditions. Specific discussion points include vehicular access to/from the site, pedestrian pathways, on-site parking facilities, and operational issues such as the delivery of goods and trash removal. Options for the mitigation of current traffic and pedestrian safety concerns identified during the City’s traffic study will be discussed.

The April 25 meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided by the Recreation Department.

May 2 – Discussion of Draft Resolution

During this final Work Session discussion, the City Council will focus on the site plan in general and develop proposed language to be included in the resolution scheduled for the following week.

May 9 – (Tentative) Adoption of Resolution

The Council is tentatively scheduled to vote on a resolution regarding the site plan.

Recent Correspondence

A revised  project schedule has been approved by  the City Manager conditionally, with a letter (dated March 2, 2018) clarifying the roles of staff and Council in the process.

NDC submitted a letter to the Council on October 17, 2017 in response to public comments regarding the concept plan.

The City Manager sent a letter to the TPSS Co-op on October 18, 2017 requesting information about how the Co-op will be addressing the issues it has raised during the discussion of the planned development.

Co-op General Manager sent a letter on October 25. 2017 in response to some of the questions raised by the City Manager.

Frequently Asked Questions

In response to community discussion and questions, the following documents have been prepared. The information will be updated periodically as needed.

Project Information

Development Calendar:  March 26, 2018
Detailed Project Schedule: February 26, 2018
Project  Costs: $89,630 (Legal fees – July 2015 to present)

Takoma Junction Redevelopment Documen

Development Agreement and Ground Lease, July 2016
Request for Proposals, January 2014
Combined Site Plan, April 4, 2018
Building Design and Placement, April 11, 2018

Environmental Assessments

Environmental Assessment Phase 2, May 2013
Environmental Assessment Phase 1, Nov 2012

Takoma Junction Engagement, Spring 2018

April 4Council Presentation: Takoma Junction Combined Site Plan
April 7 – Takoma Junction Open House
April 11Council Work Session: Building Design & Placement on Site
April 18 – Work Session: Public Space & Sustainability Features
April 22 – Takoma Junction Pop-Up
April 25 – Work Session: Traffic & Circulation
May 2 – Work Session: Discussion of Draft Resolution
May 9 – Council Meeting: (Tentative) Adoption of Resolution

Community Consultation Process Advisory Committee

The City Council appointed the Takoma Junction Community Consultation Process Advisory Committee to help facilitate community input and feedback at critical stages of the project. The Committee served from July 2016 to April 2017.

Council Decisions regarding the Takoma Junction Project

April 13, 2015
Council passed a resolution authorizing the initiation of negotiations with Neighborhood Development Company, LLC for the redevelopment of the City lot at the Takoma Junction. Resolution.

July 27, 2016
Council passed a Resolution authorizing execution of the  Development Agreement and a Resolution establishing the Community Consultation Process Advisory Committee.  Council Agenda and VideoDevelopment Agreement.

December 7, 2016
Council passed a resolution granting a 30-day extension period for the Letter of Intent between NDC and the TPSS Co-op.  AgendaVideo, and Resolution.

January 11, 2017
Council passed a resolution authorizing NDC to seek a Letter of Intent with a new anchor tenant for the Takoma Junction  project.  Agenda, Video,  Resolution, and slides.

October 25, 2017 —  Council Meeting
Council passed a resolution regarding the Neighborhood Development Concept Plan. Council agenda , video and Resolution

November 29, 2017 — Council Meeting
Council discussed and voted on a Single Reading Ordinance Authorizing a Contract to Augment the Traffic Study for the Takoma Junction Redevelopment. The City study includes traffic generated by the Hospital, the Community Center, and cut-through traffic, among other things. Council agendavideoslides, ordinance

Council and Community Meetings

A chronology of the Takoma Junction Redevelopment process,  including Council meetings, presentations, public events and community input, from the release of the Request for Proposals in January 2014 to the current year,  is available at the webpage:  Takoma Junction — History and Timeline. 

Project Lead & Contact Info

Housing and Community Development
Phone: 301-891-7119
Email: planning@takomaparkmd.gov

Takoma Junction Redevelopment Sections