168-Unit Bethesda Townhouse Development Gets Thumbs Up

by UrbanTurf Staff

168-Unit Bethesda Townhouse Development Gets Thumbs Up: Figure 1
A rendering of the planned development.

A 168-unit townhome development planned for the middle of a Bethesda office park received unanimous approval from the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday.

Developer EYA has plans to redevelop the Rock Spring Industrial Park in Montgomery County — bounded by Fernwood, Rockledge and Rock Spring Drives (map) — into a townhome development totaling 168 units, with 21 homes set aside as affordable.

“We have worked with the county to create plans for a dynamic community with a lot of open space in the heart of one of the county’s most active retail and office markets and within walking distance of major employers and existing and planned transportation infrastructure,” McLean Quinn, EYA Vice President of Land Acquisition and Development, told UrbanTurf. “It’s a creative, compatible use of land that supports the tax base at time when demand for commercial property is lagging.”

Groundbreaking is expected to start in early 2015 with move-ins are estimated to begin in 2016.

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1 Comment

  1. skidrowedc@gmail.com said at 8:46 pm on Friday July 18, 2014:
    One would think that, this being the umpteenth time that EYA has used the same basic townhouse model (both individual townhouses and planning of the enclave), they would have perfected more than the floor plans. Building on past successes, they would find site-specific stylings which shine. But no, this time we get a shades-of-beige half-hearted Modern garb. It's so clumsy and bland that the renderer had to add sizable trees at autumn peak--blocking the buildings and providing color. EYA has found a niche that sells--yardless medium-sized rowhouses with 2-car garages and rooftop dens and decks. Their best efforts so far are Chancellor's Row in Brookland (DC), and the Hyattsville Arts District. The former proved that the façade of a Wardman-style 1920s rowhouse successfully adapts to the EYA product. The best ones, with covered porches facing to the adjacent seminary lawns, are both solid and classy, and the whole development not only ties into to adjacent neighborhood, but enhances it. In the latter, the artsy modern faux-industrial look has a significant dash of hokey and cheap. Nevertheless, it has energy and color and provides a sense of place and excitement on this rather featureless stretch of Rte 1. The EYA product makes a lot of sense for a former industrial park. The basic modern direction of the styling seems right. But the articulation is so dull, it's painful. Especially those roof decks, which are selling points but look incredibly barren. The ugly truth is fully revealed in the end wall at the left of the rendering. Doubtless EYA will make money, but in most other respects, it's such a lost opportunity.

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