2020 | Development

Developer proposes five-story complex to replace aging Silver Spring apartments

Plan calls for 189 units

Rendering via Montgomery County Planning Department documents

A developer has proposed demolishing a 73-year-old apartment complex in Silver Spring and replacing it with a new, five-story complex that more than doubles the number of units.

Plans filed by MHP Forest Glen LLC, a subsidiary of the Montgomery Housing Partnership, show a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units, according to Planning Board documents. There would be 189 units in the new complex in the Forest Glen neighborhood.

Plans show 77 one-bedroom units, 83 two-bedroom units and 29 three-bedroom units.

The developer is proposing 219,315 square feet total.

On the property now is a series of garden-style apartment buildings with 72 units, constructed in 1947. There is also a parking lot with 60 spaces.

The Montgomery County Housing Partnership is a nonprofit with a mission to “empower families in need and strengthen vulnerable neighborhoods through the preservation and expansion of affordable housing,” according to Planning Department documents.

Forty of the 189 proposed units (21.1%) will be designated as affordable housing, more than is required by county law.

There will be a parking garage with 197 spaces, according to Planning Department documents.

Plans show more than 11,000 square feet of public open space, including lawns, two courtyards and an educational garden. The courtyards will include play equipment, flexible workspaces and “edible garden plots,” according to the project plan.

The project site is close to many modes of public transportation. It is about a quarter-mile from the Forest Glen Metro Station, and near bus stops along Georgia Avenue and a future Bus Rapid Transit station.

A date for Planning Board consideration has not been set, according to online records.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com