Mixed-use project approved near Montgomery mall
Building to include condos, retail, green roof
A new 340-unit mixed-use development slated to be built near Montgomery mall will have one of the largest private green roofs in the county, according to the project's architect.
Plans for the complex, which would sit near Westfield Montgomery mall on the site of the old Ourisman Ford dealership, were approved unanimously Thursday by the Montgomery County Planning Board.
The roof will be one of the largest private green roofs in Montgomery County, if not all of Maryland, said project architect Matt Hopkins, of the Bethesda-based company StreetSense. A green roof is used to help filter rainwater, and lessen the building's stormwater runoff.
Green roofs have become increasingly popular in the downcounty as a way to mitigate the negative environmental effects of new construction.
"We're going to redesign this space for smart-growth, high-density, and add a lot of green qualities to it," said Dick Knapp, senior vice president at Foulger-Pratt, the Rockville construction company redeveloping the site.
The new development would sit on the corner of Westlake Terrace and Motor City Drive, and would feature 42,000 square feet of ground floor retail and a 12,000-square-foot restaurant, along with the 340 condos, according to Planning Department records. Stores could include "convenience retail" such as a dry cleaner, deli and coffee shop, Knapp said.
In addition to the shops and condos, the development will also include a swimming pool, putting green, and top-of-the-line fitness center for residents.
"This project is outstanding and will be a real asset to the community," aid Planning Board Chairman Royce Hanson. "It sets the standard for what can happen in that area."
Ourisman Ford shut its doors in late 2007. Knapp said the new project is a joint venture between Foulger-Pratt and Bobby Ourisman, who still owns the land.
The areas immediately adjacent to the proposed project consist of smaller strip malls, a large empty building that used to house an Expo Design Center, and Westfield Montgomery mall.
Westfield is also planning an expansion, though construction is on hold until at least 2011, said mall General Manager Rene Pagan. A new transit center—which will consolidate many of the public bus routes in the area— is part of the Westfield project, a bonus for the Ourisman site, Knapp said.
The project could be done in as few as three years, Knapp said, but financing difficulties could push the opening back.