2019 | Development

Planning Board Gives Preliminary Approval to Park Potomac Development

Three-building project to include residences, retail

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Rendering via Montgomery County Planning Department

The County Planning Board last week gave preliminary approval to an application for about 630,000 square feet of mixed-use development in the Park Potomac neighborhood.

The three-building project along Park Potomac Avenue, off Interstate 270 near Montrose Road, is expected to contain multi-family residences, commercial and retail space, according to Planning Board documents. The height of all three buildings would be 100 feet or less, to be determined at later stages of the approval process, according to Planning Board documents.

The ground levels of the proposed buildings are expected to have “significant amounts of transparency and highly visible entrances,” as well as sidewalks and landscaping to “promote pedestrian safety, facilitate interactions and create a sense of community,” according to the development application.

The project also includes a parking garage and more than 10% of the space is dedicated to amenities such as parks and open areas.

Development is spearheaded by FP Whitro Westlake LLC, an entity with ties to the Potomac-based Foulger-Pratt Cos.

Future development would continue earlier construction that left unused, but approved, development on the 54-acre property. Roughly 1.7 million square feet have been developed and project leaders seek to add about 630,000 more to bring the total to 2.3 million square feet of residential and commercial space.

About 20 restaurants, service businesses and retailers are in the Park Potomac neighborhood, including a Harris Teeter grocery, Elevation Burger, fitness centers, a valet cleaner and wine bar. A shuttle runs twice each hour between the area and White Flint Metro station about 3 miles away.

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