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The Four Proposals for Takoma Junction

by Lark Turner

Takoma Park released a request for proposals for Takoma Junction, at the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues (map), back in January. It’s since narrowed down the options to four development teams, with the community invited to comment on which proposal is best. Each of the teams made a public presentation on Tuesday night.

The site is a 53,500 square foot parcel. There are several tenants currently on the site, and the Takoma Park-Silver Spring co-op is particularly beloved by the community. The city did not require developers to work with TPSS, but many chose to include space for an expanded co-op in the proposal.

So you can judge for yourself, here’s a look at each proposal:


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The Ability Project

The Ability Project, a local organization looking for a home base, has hired its own developer to represent its interests in the RFP process. The Project assists adults with developmental disabilities who live nearby. Its proposal incorporates its own building as well as some of the neighboring organizations. This proposal would include a coffee shop connected to the Ability Project, an expanded TPSS co-op, a new school and a small number of residences.

  • Mixed-use commercial, residential and school
  • Architect: Perkins Eastman
  • Past projects: The Beacon from the Ability Project’s developer
  • Residential component: 8 units
  • Partnerships: The Ability Project’s proposal would include an expansion of the co-op.

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Neighborhood Development Company

  • Mixed-use commercial and residential
  • Architect: Sorg Architects
  • Residential component: 8-10 residences and a single-family home on a single lot included in the RFP
  • Past projects: The Residences at 4100 Georgia Avenue NW from NDC; the Visio and Murano from Sorg
  • Partnerships: NDC proposes a shared community space that combines the needs of several community organizations, as well as Freedom Farms urban farm. The building may include some lower-level space for a co-op expansion.

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Community Three Development

  • Mixed-use commercial and residential
  • Architect: Torti Gallas and Partners
  • Other projects: The planned 1011 M Street NW
  • Residential component: About 18 residences and a single-family home on a single lot included in the RFP
  • Partnerships: The Community 3 proposal would include the possible expansion of the TPSS co-op, and potentially one or two restaurants in the retail space.

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Keystar

  • Mixed-use commercial and residential
  • Architect: Eco Housing
  • Residential component: 26 units
  • Past projects: Eastern Village in Silver Spring, MD
  • Partnerships: Keystar proposes space for the Takoma Park Children’s School and the co-op, which would together take up most of the retail component of the project.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/the_four_proposals_for_takoma_junction/9008

3 Comments

  1. Nathaniel Martin said at 2:55 pm on Wednesday September 24, 2014:

    Let’s hope that the Sorg project prevails, not because it’s so exciting, but because the others are just unspeakably bland and old-fashioned.

  1. Logandude said at 1:06 pm on Thursday September 25, 2014:

    Community 3 Development lists 1011 M St NW as their previous project.  I live near there, and it is still a parking lot with no development activity visible.  Is that the experience they want to highlight?

  1. Lark Turner said at 1:30 pm on Thursday September 25, 2014:

    Hi Logandude,
    Thanks for your comment. Though 1011 hasn’t broken ground yet, we included it because it’s most similar to the project under consideration. We’ve updated the language for clarity and added a link where readers can get more info on 1011.
    Lark

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