On Thursday night, Home Properties rolled out details — and pictures — of their proposed development on the northeast corner of 16th Street and East-West Highway. Here’s the score.
According to reps for Home Properties, which owns all of Falkland Chase, the proposed Falkland North development would include:
Up to 1,020 rental apartments, most of them containing no more than two bedrooms.
Estimated monthly rents could range from $1,500 for a studio or small one-bedroom apartment, to $2,200 for a larger apartment. Pets would be allowed in some of those apartments.
A total of 128 units would be moderately priced, as the county requires. However, 80 of those units would be contained in existing buildings on Falkland Chase’s east and west parcels.
More than 60,000 square feet of street-level retail space along East West Highway.
A Harris Teeter supermarket could occupy 50,000 square feet of that space. An additional 12,000 square feet would go to smaller retail shops.
Three levels of underground parking.
Entrance to the garage would be through a driveway off East West Highway. Two levels would be reserved for residents. One level would be used for customers of the supermarket and other retailers.
Architecture by Grimm and Parker.
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All of the buildings will be interconnected to form one large, semicircular complex. The tallest towers would reach 15 stories (143 feet), while two “bookend” buildings at East West Highway would be four stories each. The bookends would house all of the retail space.
A 1.5-acre courtyard.
Currently, the courtyard has a pond and waterfall. However, Home Properties’ Nelson Leenhouts says the courtyard’s green space is flexible and open to suggestions.
A circular driveway also runs through the courtyard, giving access to building entrances and a ramp to the underground garage.
A service road off 16th Street, and wiggle room for the Purple Line.
The service road would be used for deliveries and trash removal. Space has been set aside for a proposed Purple Line light-rail route parallel to existing railroad tracks.
Images courtesy of Home Properties. Photos by Jennifer Deseo for The Silver Spring Penguin.