Massive Silver Spring Mixed Use Development Gets Approval

by Mark Wellborn

The Montgomery Planning Board unanimously approved a huge redevelopment of the Falkland Chase area in Silver Spring, TBD reported this morning.

The plans for the redevelopment call for four residential buildings with upwards of 1,250 apartments (approximately 330 will be affordable), 1,500 parking spaces, one acre of public park land and 75,000 square feet of retail (which may include a Harris Teeter).

Massive Silver Spring Mixed Use Development Gets Approval: Figure 1
Falkland Chase Rendering. Courtesy of Home Properties.

While the approval was almost a foregone conclusion, there has been some debate surrounding the development of the land as preservationists have fought to keep the Falkland Chase, a 110-unit garden-style apartment complex dedicated by Eleanor Roosevelt, as is. But as TBD reports two of the three Falkland Chase parcels will remain untouched:

“…last year the Montgomery County Council voted to designate only two of the three parcels of Falkland land as historic. The third, north parcel is where Falkland Chase will go, and the rest will be largely untouched (except for some environmental upgrades).”

Planning for the project at 16th Street and East-West Highway was done by architect Shalom Baranes. The four buildings will be connected by pedestrian walkways and the complex will include a swimming pool, pond and fountain.

The most coveted aspect of this project may be its location, which is adjacent to the Silver Spring Transit Center (under construction) and the future Purple Line.

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  1. Woodside Park Bob said at 10:17 pm on Monday November 22, 2010:
    The unfortunate part about this is not that the historic buildings will be lost but that the original redevelopment plan was shot down by misguided "urbanists" who said it was too suburban and wanted an "urban" street grid. They got multiple buildings, but not much of a grid. The original plan was much better in that it preserved more open space, had much better landscaping, and had an architecturally significant new building. Now we will apparently get a bunch typical boxes and green space crowded between them rather than something truly impressive. An opportunity was lost. Shalom Baranes is good; hopefully they can significantly improve on the bland design shown in the drawing from Home Properties.
  1. jag said at 7:46 am on Tuesday November 23, 2010:
    Woodside, the picture isn't indicative of any "bland design" because it's not an architectural rendering. It's just showing the size of the builds in relation to the lot. I'm saving my judgment until such renderings are proposed. Hopefully we won't have to raise hell once the first drafts are released.

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