Housing approved for Great Seneca Science Corridor -- Gazette.Net


A preliminary plan for the Great Seneca Science Corridor’s first residential development was approved Jan. 24 by the Montgomery County Planning Department.

The plan details the construction of Mallory Square, a development with up to 682 residential units, plus 3,500 square feet of retail space, at the intersection of Key West Avenue and Omega Drive in Rockville.

The development will be close to several planned Corridor Cities Transitway stations, including the Crown and Life Sciences Corridor stops near Key West Avenue. The CCT stations are a planned 15-mile bus rapid transit system that would run mainly between the Shady Grove Metro station and Clarksburg.

The new Mallory Square development will be built in the Great Seneca Science Corridor, a bioscience hub that extends from Gaithersburg to Rockville. The corridor’s master plan places certain requirements on new development, such as focusing on sustainability and providing recreation and non-motorized transportation options. According to Senior Planner Patrick Butler, the corridor’s master plan also seeks to convert existing office buildings to residential units, due to a lack of housing in the area.

The applicant, Woodfield Investments, plans to build a “cool roof” on the two residential buildings planned for the site. The roof would reflect heat from the sun, keeping its temperature down. The site also will include bicycle storage and charging stations for electric vehicles, according to the application submitted to the Montgomery County Planning Department.

The 12.8-acre site currently is occupied by a closed office building, formerly used by the Bureau of National Affairs Inc. The building likely will be demolished in the next few months, once the appropriate permits are issued, Butler said.