Some more info on Rose Village

Yesterday we posted some images from Willco’s submission to the Planning Board for their exciting new project, Rose Village. Here is some more information on the project, gleaned from articles in BisNow, Bethesda Beat, and the MoCo Show, as well as Planning Department documents.

  • the goal is to “transform the property … into a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood for the creation of an urban node.”
  • the first to be constructed, as soon as approval is given, will be a seven-story apartment building on the southwest corner (building A.)
  • a vacant office building currently on this parcel will be torn down, but the other two existing office buildings will remain and provide 375,000 square feet of office space,
  • Willco said that because construction costs make shorter, wood-frame buildings more feasible, Rose Village would ultimately build between 1,300 and 1,500 residential units, even though the plans call for the maximum possible, which is a little more than 2,000 units.. 
  • seven of the eight proposed buildings would be mixed-use with ground-floor retail with one building being a residence-only building.
  • fifteen percent of the residences would be affordable housing/MPDUs.
  • a one-acre civic green is proposed.
  • plans include nearly 3,000 parking spaces in both structured garages and surface lots.

Willco Hires New CEO As It Plans New White Flint Development

Bisnow reported that Willco has hired longtime D.C.-area real estate, Tom Regnell as its new CEO. Tom Regnell spent the last six years as president and CEO of the Chevy Chase Land Co. executive,

Friends of White Flint was thrilled to read about Willco’s focus on the Pike District area:

Willco owns two sites near the White Flint Metro station in North Bethesda totaling 36 acres where it is planning over 4M SF of development. Montgomery County Planning Department

The first site, a 16-acre property planned for 1.8M SF of townhouses, low-rise and high-rise multifamily, received preliminary plan approval from Montgomery County in July. The project sits on the north side of Montrose Parkway at the intersection of Towne Road, catty-corner from the Pike & Rose development. 

The developer is preparing to submit plans for the 20-acre site on the south side of Montrose Parkway, directly to the west of Pike & Rose. That property features existing government-leased office buildings, but Regnell said it has future development potential for 2.5M SF of office, retail and multifamily.

An aerial sketch of Willco’s planned development at the intersection of Montrose Parkway and Towne Road in North Bethesda from the Planning Department.

Images of the proposed Wilgus Development

During their pre-submittal sketch plan meeting, Willco Companies shared their initial plans and information about their planned redevelopment of the Wilgus Property which is located between Montrose Road and Montrose Parkway and borders Towne Road.

Though subject to change, preliminary numbers show that this redevelopment will yield 110 townhomes, 34 two over two residential units, and 600 to 675 multi-family residential units.

The current schedule shows a public hearing in May 2019, preliminary and site plan submissions in May 2019 with a preliminary plan and site plan hearing in September 2019. Construction is slated to being in the second quarter of 2020.

You can view the entire presentation here. Don’t feel like looking through the entire presentation? Here are a few key images of Willco’s plans.