Work has begun on a project which will bring almost 500 residences and a hotel to an area close to the Germantown Town Center.
The project which is located on Century Boulevard on what was once known as the Century Technology Campus near Cloverleaf Center Drive calls for 160 townhouses, 28 2-over-2 dwelling units, five multi-family buildings with a combined 300 dwelling units, as well as over 300,000-square-feet of office space and an 85,000-square-foot hotel.
The project, a joint venture between Trammell Crow Company and NVCommerical will transform the former Orbital Sciences Corporate Campus into a new mixed-use community, gained Planning Board approval in February of 2016 calls for the demolition of five commercial which once stood or are still partially standing on the property. Demolition work began on the structures last month in preparation for the new construction to begin in the spring. Workers and earth moving equipment could be seen taking down the old commercial buildings which were located along the southbound edge of I-270.
The approved plan for the property includes a cluster of 5 multi-family buildings (with a combined total of 300 dwelling units on the northern portion of the property which is across from 20410 Century Boulevard. “This cluster also features a clubhouse and swimming pool amenity area. Most of the five-story buildings are arranged to front on Century Boulevard and the new street entering the property from Century Boulevard,” said a Planning Board report about the planned development. “Along Century Boulevard on the southern portion of the property, the Plan includes a cluster of 160 townhouses and 28 two-over-two dwelling units. Most of the units front onto streets, including Century Boulevard and other internal streets, while some units front onto internal open space areas. All units are rear-loaded from alleyways,” said the report. The plans call for 12.5 percent of units on the site to be Moderately Priced Dwelling Units.
One building which is currently on the property, the Fisher Building, located at 20301 Century Boulevard and associated surface parking will remain for the time being. The plan said that future plans for the property propose to replace this building. In the rear of the Property, along I-270, the plan includes two five-story office buildings and one five-story hotel.
The site of the project is located directly along the proposed route of the CCT or Corridor Cities Transitway. The proposed CCT is a 15-mile BRT line that would run from Shady Grove Metro Station in Gaithersburg to Clarksburg, along a route that would run parallel to the MD-355 Corridor BRT network.
However, the CCT has two phases., Phase I, which consists of the first nine miles of the route which will run from Shady Grove Metro southwest through central Gaithersburg to the new Crown development near the Rio at Washingtonian, then along Great Seneca Highway to the Kentlands, and to Quince Orchard Road to NIST and up to the Metropolitan Grove Metro Station just off Clopper Road. Construction on Phase I of the CCT is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018 and service is expected to begin in 2020. Phase II of the CCT which would extend the BRT north through Germantown along Century Boulevard to the COMSAT property in Clarksburg has been not been funded.
The project will also include following on-site recreation facilities: indoor fitness facility, swimming pool, wading pool, picnic/sitting areas, play lot, tot lots, open play areas, a bike system, a pedestrian system, and nature trails. Additionally, the project also provides site amenities that enrich the recreation opportunities provided and add uniqueness to the project. These include fitness stations, outdoor musical play equipment, junior half basketball court, butterfly boxes and bird boxes along the rear of the site and the environmentally sensitive areas; and pet stations and specimen boulders in the transit plaza.
Top: Demolition of the final building of the old Orbital Sciences Corporate Campus is happening to make way for the new development.
Next: The planned redevelopment includes 5-units of five-story multi-family dwellings totaling 300 units, and 160 townhouses, as well as, 28 2-over-2 units.
Next: The site of this development is along Century Boulevard near the intersection with Cloverleaf Center Drive.
Next: The project also includes two new five-story office buildings and a five-story hotel.
Photos by Germantown Pulse. Illustrations from plan approved by the Montgomery County Planning Board.