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Planning Board Approves Long Awaited Plan for Clarksburg Town Center

A long nightmare is one step closer to being over for long-suffering Clarksburg residents who have been waiting for a viable town center in Clarksburg for over a decade.

At a meeting on Thursday, July 23, the Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission approved new plans for the Clarksburg Town Center submitted by Third Try, LLC of McLean, Va.

These project, preliminary and site plan amendments are limited to the unbuilt portions of the 270-acre Town Center, on both the east and west sides of the development. They include a revised design of the commercial core, new community and civic buildings, and upgrades to two local parks.

When implemented, the plans will complete the Clarksburg Town Center after years of delay, due to numerous violations associated with the build-out of the community. An agreement reached by a citizen-led group known as the Clarksburg Town Center Advisory Committee and developer NNPII Clarksburg LLC (Newlands) led to a new site plan in 2009, calling for significant improvements to the Town Center. However, Newlands did not move forward with these plans, eventually selling the unfinished portions of the property to Third Try.

The Town Center currently includes approximately 840 occupied residential units, a new elementary school, landscaping along major roads and other improvements. The plans call for a total of 1,120 residential units, along with 206,185 square feet of commercial space and numerous community enhancements.

Clarksburg resident Maryann Jasper urged the Planning Board to approve the plan saying that she and her neighbors have been waiting a very long time for their community to be completed. “My husband and daughter have been residents of Clarksburg Town Center for eleven and half years. As the years rolled by we felt as though we were being held hostage in one big, unfinished project with so many code violations and lawsuits. It literally tore our community apart, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Neighbors lost interest in the community and many moved out of the neighborhood. It was heartbreaking to see this happen to our neighborhood.”

Another resident, James Peck seemed to get quite emotional as he asked to Planning Board to approve the plan. “It has been ten years that I have lived in a construction site with my family, and the roads just got paved,” he said. “My daughters are not in college and they are not going to get to walk to that ice scream store. Please approve this plan don’t hold this up any longer.”