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MoCo Planning Board Approves Sketch Plan for Senior Housing in Kensington

Design calls for six-story building, 94 units

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The Montgomery County planning board last week approved preliminary plans for a five-story, 94 unit senior living facility in Kensington.

The board on Thursday approved the sketch plan or the facility on Knowles Avenue, and the applicant, Kensington Manor Senior Housing, hopes to open the community by 2020.

The plans call for a mixture of one- and two-bedroom units in the roughly 115,000-square-foot building that would be laid out in the shape of a “U” around a courtyard. The project site is near the intersection of Knowles and Connecticut avenues and spans 3906 and 3910 Knowles Ave., properties with two single-family homes that have served as professional offices.

Included in the plans are up to 30,805 square feet for affordable housing units.

The project also includes one level of underground parking with 47 parking spaces.

The community would be within a five-minute walk of Safeway and several medical clinics, and within a 10-minute walk of the MARC station on Howard Avenue.

According to planning board documents, the Town of Kensington has given approval for the development, despite community concerns regarding traffic congestion along Knowles Avenue.

The board approved the sketch with several conditions, including that the facility has a maximum height of 60 feet. When the applicant submits a preliminary plan to the board, it must improve design at the pedestrian sidewalk at the main entrance of the site and institute traffic control to restrict left turns into and out of the proposed curb cut from Knowles Avenue, according to planning board documents.

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