Updated: Developer Pitches Rockville Self-Storage Facility Project as Kicking Off Stonestreet Transformation

Five-story building would have ground-floor retail; plan calls for adding sidewalk and landscaping


The project site at 204 N. Stonestreet Ave. in Rockville


Updated 10:23 a.m. June 11: A developer wants to build a five-story self-storage facility with space for ground-floor retail on North Stonestreet Avenue in Rockville.

In plans submitted to the city a couple weeks ago, Poverni Sheikh Group wrote that a building housing a roofing and sheet metal contractor and several other structures currently stand on the property. The proposed 102,347-square-foot facility would have space for about 650 storage units, with about 2,000 square feet left over for retail uses. The building would be about 55 feet tall and have one cellar floor.

The self-storage center at 204 N. Stonestreet Ave. would generally be open for customers from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The development application states the project would improve the neighborhood by adding a 5-foot-wide sidewalk with landscaping and benches. There would be space along the building’s facade for local artists to showcase their work, further enhancing the aesthetics of the area and beginning the transformation of the Stonestreet Corridor, the application states.

“The development of the self-storage facility with ground floor retail uses provides the first transitional use in this area which will begin to bridge the gap from strictly industrial uses to a use which is compatible with a wider array of less intensive uses, including retail uses, office buildings and residential uses,” the development application states.

The property sale has not yet gone to settlement, and once it does, there will be a rent-back provision for the business that currently stands on the site, H.T. Harrison & Sons, Inc. A company representative said H.T. Harrison & Sons, a family-owned business founded in 1908, is looking to move eventually and continue its operations in a new location.

The city has envisioned turning the Stonestreet Corridor into an area that resembles a main street, with a boulevard that pedestrians and cyclists would feel comfortable using. However, in recent years, there has been little progress on those goals, according to the city.

Rockville officials over the past year have worked on a Stonestreet Corridor Study that considers ways of revitalizing the area.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

This story was updated with additional information about the plans of H.T. Harrison & Sons, Inc.

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