|Wheaton triangle from Grandview Avenue.|
"The Montgomery County Government is inviting the community to a meeting with Stonebridge Carras/Bozzuto, the selected developer for the Wheaton Redevelopment Program. At the meeting, the proposed development plan will be shared along with details on the scope of their project and ideas for design. The County would like the community’s feedback as preparations begin for the development of a contract with the developer."
So come to the meeting and share your preferences for downtown Wheaton! The triangle in question is in the middle of our community so should be of close interest to all of us.
|"Wheaton Triangle" is shown here.|
As background: our county is moving forward with plans to redevelop the Wheaton Triangle. This is the area just northwest of the Wheaton Metro station that is currently a large parking lot with meters. I think having new buildings here will be a good thing since they may bring more people to the area and they have promised a new "town center" as part of the deal. There will be underground parking so there isn't a loss of the parking lot.
As I wrote last winter, the new development should be person-oriented with businesses on the ground floor, or at least displays that are nice to look at.
There is a contentious history of this redevelopment project, as JUTP reports in this blog post, since the county made a good plan in 2010 and then pulled out to the community's surprise and annoyance. Specifically, "the county made a deal with developer BF Saul in 2010 to build several million square feet of apartments, shops, and offices in downtown Wheaton, along with a town square. BF Saul had a website and public outreach team to gather feedback, but the deal collapsed when the County Council balked at the $39.5 million price tag of building a platform over the Wheaton Metro station so BF Saul could build office towers on top."
I hope they get it right this time and build things that will be a boon to the community. We need things that will be open and vibrant after work as well as during the workday, and we need open space with grass, trees, and benches.
|Panoramic view of Wheaton triangle from outside Vietnamese restaurant on Grandview Avenue.|