2021 | Development

Nineteen-unit accessible townhouse complex opens in Rockville

Parc Redland’s units have elevators, curbless showers

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Photo by Dan Schere

Parc Redland, a 19-unit townhouse complex in Rockville with improved accessibility for older residents and others with physical limitations, opened Friday in Rockville.

Parc Redland, built by Universal Communities, is the first Montgomery County residential community in which all units are eligible for tax credits through the county’s Design for Life program.


Photo by Dan Schere

The Design for Life program, started under former County Executive Ike Leggett, provides property tax credits to homeowners who install features to make the home more accessible.

Parc Redland, which is at 17217 Redland Road, about two miles from the Shady Grove Metro station, offers up to $10,000 in property tax incentives for homeowners, according to a press release.

Universal Communities co-partner Jeff Jacobson said during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday that every home in the community has an elevator, a curbless shower, multiple entry points without steps, and enlarged doors and passageways, among other features.

From left: Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce President Marilyn Balcombe, Maryland Secretary of Disabilities Carol Beatty, Council Member Hans Riemer, Department of Permitting Services director Mitra Pedoeem, Universal Communities partner Jeff Jacobson, Universal Communities partner Dean Packard, planning department director Gwen Wright, Former State Senator Ida Ruben, Council Member Sidney Katz, Sheriff Darren Popkin, Upcounty Regional Services Center director Greg Wims. Photo courtesy of Jeff Jacobson.


Several county and state officials were present at Friday’s groundbreaking, including Comptroller Peter Franchot, Secretary of Disabilities Carol Beatty, county Planning Department Director Gwen Wright and Council Members Sidney Katz and Hans Riemer.

“This needs to be the retrotype that people across America see is changing the world,” Katz said.

Wright said the opening of Parc Redland is a “great ending to the week.”

“This is exactly what we’re talking about. We’re talking about housing that is attainable for all residents,” she said.

Parc Redland’s model homes are open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and private tours are available on request. More information is available on Parc Redland’s website.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com