Yesterday, the VOB-Grand Park development on Old Georgetown Road went before the Planning Board with their request to transform the existing car dealership, bank, retail building and associated surface parking lots currently on Old Georgetown into a mixed-use development with a maximum of 1,051,012 square feet of development, including up to 110,169 square feet of non-residential uses and up to 940,843 square feet of residential uses. They plan a minimum of 13% MPDUs.
Planning staff recommended approval of the project with conditions. (You can read all the conditions in the staff report.)
According to Bethesda Beat, the first phase would develop two buildings with ground-floor retail and 423 residences. While development is ongoing in the first phase, developers intend to use other space for surface parking, events and “pop-up” parks. The final two phases would include a total of 577 residences with one parking space per residential unit in a parking garage at each of the three proposed buildings. Also encompassed in the project is 19,411 square feet of open space to be lined by retailers, cafes and landscaping.
According to Planning Board documents, this project is expected to add about 55 new elementary, 22 middle and 31 new high school students so will not have an adverse impact on school capacity.
There are 55 pages of details in the staff report, but here are some of the more compelling images.