Montgomery County is working with a developer to transform a Rockville industrial park into a thriving residential and retail community.
The area to be developed is Shady Grove Station, near the intersection of Shady Grove Road and Crabbs Branch Way, next to the Shady Grove Metro Station.
Montgomery County’s Department of General Services proposed an “urban boulevard,” a six-lane street with a landscaped median, on-street parking, shared-use paths and traffic signals.
In a separate plan, the county and developer EYA proposed 1,521 residential units and almost 42,000 square feet of retail to be built along the west side of the boulevard. The development would incorporate a new county library.
The Planning Board approved both site plans on Jan. 23.
Three county services once occupied the site where the new development will be, according to N’Kosi Yearwood, a senior planner for the county.
The Department of Transportation’s Equipment Maintenance Operations Center was renamed and moved to the opposite side of Shady Grove Road. The David F. Bone Equipment Maintenance and Transit Operations Center opened in October, and now sits at the northwest quadrant of the intersection of Shady Grove Road and Crabbs Branch Way.
The county’s Department of Liquor Control has moved to Edison Park Drive, and the school system’s food services are moving to a property known as the Webb Tract, on Snouffer School Road. Both sites are in Gaithersburg.
The county will also pave a trail around the perimeter of an existing stormwater management pond at the intersection of Crabbs Branch Way and Redland Road, creating a recreational area for nearby residents.
A representative for EYA did not respond to requests for comment before press time. Yearwood said permits still need to be approved for the plans, but construction on the residential units could begin in 2015.
The two approved plans adhere to County Executive Isiah Leggett’s Smart Growth Initiative, targeted at transit-oriented development in the Shady Grove area, Yearwood said.