See the Finalists' Presentations!
The City is excited to announce the four finalists for redevelopment of the City owned lot at Takoma Junction. Click on the images below to download PDF presentations:
The four finalists made public presentations (see video) on Tuesday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. to a packed house in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium. Thank you for all comments submitted at the meeting and online. All comments received by Friday, September 26 at 12:00 (Noon) will be included in the packet for the City Council meeting on Monday, September 29, which will focus exclusively on the proposals. The meeting agenda will be available in advance. There will be additional opportunities for Council and public discussion of the proposals in the coming months.
At the intersection of Carroll and Ethan Allen Avenues, Takoma Junction is the focus of community interest and efforts to improve the economic viability of the businesses, traffic, livability, and pedestrian use. Specific attention has been given to providing amenities to the neighboring residential areas; improving pedestrian, bicycle and auto access; addressing commercial parking concerns; preserving existing green and open space; and increasing the vitality of this commercial area.
The City encouraged proposals that would:
- act as a stimulus to the commercial district and locally-owned, independent businesses;
- improve the aesthetic appeal of the district; and
- are contextually sensitive and environmentally sustainable.
Sep 23 - The four finalists made public presentations in the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. See the video and download the individual presentations:
- The Ability Project (PDF)
- Community Three Development (PDF)
- Keystar & Eco Housing (PDF)
- Neighborhood Development Company & SORG (PDF)
Sep 5 - Four finalists are announced and invited to present their proposals to the community on September 23, 2014 at the Takoma Park Community Center auditorium.
- Press Release (PDF)
May 29 - The City Attorney issued a memo to the City Council providing ethics advice related to the Takoma Junction redevelopment proposals.
- Ethics Memo (PDF)
May 28 - Request for Proposals closed at 4:00 p.m.
Mar 28 - Several groups have notified City staff that they are interested in locating at the Takoma Junction and shared their contact information for collaborating with prospective developers in one or more responses to the RFP.
Mar 5 - The Montgomery County Planning Department identified an error on the Interactive Zoning Map for the property, and has updated the proposed Commercial/Residential Town (CRT) with an FAR of 0.75 (C-0.5, R-0.25, Height 35') for the zoning ordinance rewrite, expected to come into effect after October 30, 2014. The Commercial Revitalization Overlay Zone will continue to permit a height up to 42' for commercial development and 50’ to accommodate residential development, at the discretion of the Planning Board. Inquiries regarding the existing and proposed zoning should be directed to Matt Johnson, Montgomery County Planning Department, at 301-495-1325.
Feb 25 - Responses to questions posed to City staff since the release of the RFP, and at the February 12 Information Meeting are provided.
Feb 19 - An information meeting hosted by City staff has held on Wednesday, February 12, in the auditorium of the Takoma Park Community Center.
Jan 22 - The City released a Request for Proposals, encouraging submissions that: act as a stimulus to the commercial district and locally-owned, independent businesses; improve the aesthetic appeal of the district; and are contextually sensitive and environmentally sustainable.
- Request for Proposals (PDF)
Jan 6 - Takoma Park City Council approved a solicitation for proposals from experienced developers for the redevelopment of the City-owned property in Takoma Junction, presently serving as a surface parking lot. The 1.2-acre property at the intersection of two state highways is zoned for mixed-use and its redevelopment should contribute to the ongoing revitalization of Takoma Junction.
- Takoma Junction ESA Phase I (PDF)
- Takoma Junction ESA Phase II (PDF)
- Design Guidelines for Commercial Buildings in the City of Takoma Park (PDF)