|From the far southwestern side of the Wheaton Mall parking lot|
|From outside Montgomery Royal Theaters|
The project (that's the official website with photo) is scheduled for completion in March 2014 and will be 6 stories including a 2 level parking garage on the bottom (hopefully underground). The new building is expected to have a swimming pool, landscaped courtyard, fitness center, and is hoping for LEED Certification. According to the Washington Post, "about 60 percent of the units will be one-bedroom apartments, 30 percent will be two-bedrooms and 10 percent will be studios."
The only problem I predict with this site is that it is difficult to get to by walking or biking. I had to try three vantage points before getting a decent view of the construction (all of these photos are from March 9, 2013). That area is hilly and has too much traffic driving through it on Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road.
Maybe the people who live in this new large luxury building will do something to help calm the traffic at that intersection -- if they walk! Otherwise they could make it worse by driving. I hope this new development also helps combat the idea that Wheaton has a lot of low-income apartments.
|From the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road|
I hope they are happy with their decision to cash out. The new building bodes well for our neighborhood and we still have a lot of churches nearby.