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Planning Board OKs Plan for New Bank Building in Germantown

May 26, 2017

The Montgomery County Planning Board has approved a new three-story, 9,900 square foot bank building with a drive-thru to be built on Rt. 355 in Germantown.

   The plan, submitted by the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union, calls for a new building and drive-thru to be constructed at 19215 Frederick Road, approximately 367 feet southeast of the intersection of Plummer Drive and Frederick Road.

   At the regular meeting of the Montgomery County Planning Board, held Thursday, May 25, the Board approved the Preliminary Plan and the Site Plan for the new building on a 1.81-acre triangular lot which sits behind what was once Captain Mori’s Seafood House.

   The plan proposes a single, three-story building for a service branch and office location for Educational Systems Federal Credit Union. “In addition to walk-in branch services, the site will feature two drive-up ATMs,” said documents submitted to the Planning Board. “The property has frontage on Frederick Road, a public road, which will serve as access to the lot. The approximately 9,990 square-foot credit union building will have a height of 45 feet, featuring a brick and limestone exterior with aluminum panels between the upper floor windows. There are slight variations in the roofline and along the building elevations to create visual interest, and an aluminum sunshade on the ground floor provides an architectural accent on the south elevation of the building.”

   According to the plan, the bank plans to plant a 35-foot-wide landscaped strip and 6-foot-tall privacy fence along the eastern property line. Together, the fence and thick row of vegetation will provide ample screening between the proposed parking lot and adjacent single-family homes to the east.

   The property, once completed, will have a single access point from Frederick Road, a divided six-lane major highway located within an existing right-of-way that varies between 105 and 140 feet in width, and located on the western boundary of the site, according to the proposal.

   The bank will dedicate a portion of the property to ensure at least 125 feet of right-of-way from the centerline across the property frontage. The proposed access to the property will be limited to right-turn-in and right-turn-out access only because of the median within Rt. 355, said the proposal.

   The bank will replace the existing four-foot-wide sidewalk along the east side of Frederick Road with a five-foot wide sidewalk. A lead-in sidewalk will be provided from this sidewalk to the building’s entrance. The plan calls for vehicle parking to accommodate by 54 spaces. “Although a minimum of only 23 total parking spaces are required by code, the 54-parking space lot is based on ESFCU’s experience at their other sites and will accommodate parking for off-site employees visiting this office for company meetings, training, and conferences.”

   Greenbelt-based Educational Systems Federal Credit Union currently has offices and branch with a drive-up teller in Germantown located at 12850 Middlebrook Road. It is unknown if the new building will replace the current Middlebrook Branch of ESFCU. Germantown Pulse called ESFCU to inquire about the fate of the Middlebrook Branch, but the spokesperson had already left the office for the long weekend.

   ESFCU operates 11 other branches, including three locations in Montgomery County in Clarksburg, Rockville, and Aspen Hill.



Top: An architect’s drawing of the proposed new Educational Systems Federal Credit Union building on Frederick Road.

Next: An overhead view of the triangular lot which is the site for the proposed new ESFCU building.

Next: The illustrative plan for the proposed three-story building and drive-thru area. Due to the median in Rt. 355 the entrance will only allow vehicles driving northbound on Rt. 355 to enter the parking lot. Vehicle’s leaving the parking lot will only be allowed to make a right turn to Rt. 355 northbound.

Next: The proposed location of the new ESFCU bank building. Photo courtesy Google Maps.


Images courtesy Montgomery County Planning Board.

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