Redevelopment Proposal Submitted for County Planning Headquarters in Silver Spring

Project partners want to build nearly 414,000 square feet of retail space, housing


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Via Montgomery County Planning Department

Government offices could give way to townhomes, condos and shopping options on the approach to downtown Silver Spring.

Developers late last month filed a sketch plan for redevelopment at 8787 Georgia Ave., the property that is now home to the Montgomery County Planning Department.

The redevelopment application requests permission to build up to 413,821 square feet, with up to 50,000 square feet of commercial space. The housing could be a mix of townhomes and apartments or condos. Project partners Bozzuto Development and StonebridgeCarras haven’t determined whether to rent or sell the multifamily housing and will decide later in the development process, according to their submission to the Montgomery County Planning Board.

The property stands at the gateway to downtown Silver Spring, but also serves as a transition zone between the hubbub of Georgia Avenue and quieter residential streets. To be mindful of their neighbors, the developers want to construct townhouses or lower-scale multifamily units along the side of the project that borders existing residences, according to their application.

A courtyard opening onto Spring Street will divide the project into two sections. The denser space with ground-level retail will face Georgia Avenue, while housing will dominate the eastern building section, according to the proposal. Building heights for the property are capped at 90 feet, the plan states.

The developers believe the proposed storefronts or other business entrances along Georgia Avenue will fuel the area’s development as a corridor for pedestrians heading to work or to the Silver Spring Metro station that’s just a 10-minute walk down the road, according to the plan.

The county’s planning department is on course to leave its three-story office complex on Georgia Avenue and move into a 14-story government building under development in Wheaton Triangle. The building scheduled for completion in 2019 will also hold offices for the county’s parks and permitting services departments, a division of the Department of Environmental Protection and the Mid-County Regional Services Center.

Bozzuto hopes to start construction on the Georgia Avenue redevelopment project in 2020.

Drawings of the redevelopment plan at 8787 Georgia Ave. Via Montgomery County Planning Department.

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