Three major commercial development projects are in different stages of either the Montgomery County planning process or under construction. MVF continues to work with the developers/owners and the county Planning Department and has facilitated over the years community meetings to ensure that Montgomery Village residents could have input into the plans. We will continue to provide updates to the community as things progress.
Montgomery Village Center
Demolition of the pad sites along Montgomery Village Avenue has begun. Demolition of the old Village Café, dry cleaners and small plaza area will allow for the extension of Centerway Road to be extended through to the rear of the Village Center. The schedule shows much site redevelopment work, including the extension of Centerway Road, façade enhancements and creation of the park through 2020. The construction of the pad sites and major retail tenants will continue through the same period. Existing retail stores will remain open during construction/demolition.
The storefront where Aldi will eventually go is being updated, as well as subsequent changes to the Big Lots storefront to accommodate both of these anchor stores. Thirty-eight rental apartments will be built over the current retail where the condo offices are currently located. The developer of the Village Center has yet to receive Site Plan approval to build Phase 2 of the project in the rear of the property, which will include approximately 49 town houses and 34 two-over-two condominium units.
Bloom MV Plan (golf course redevelopment)
The Montgomery County Planning Board recently voted to approve the Site Plan Amendment that includes an increase in the number of moderately priced dwelling units from approximately 14% to 25% of the overall plan of approximately 500 units. In addition, minor revisions to the plan include conservation easement updates for afforestation, landscaping and storm water management. This action by the planning board will allow the developer to move forward with obtaining permits.
Site work on Areas 4 and 5 (property between Arrowhead Road and Montgomery Village Avenue) is now expected to begin by the second quarter of 2020, with the first model home to be delivered by Ryan Homes shortly thereafter.
Monument Realty will build a new park for MVF which will include a large playground, community gardens and a dog park. New natural paths will be built in many areas of the property.
Lidl grocery store (former Professional Center)
As of September 10, Lidl has submitted to the Planning Department of the Maryland-National Capital Planning Commission (Planning Board) a Preliminary Plan and Site Plan to develop two lots on 6.52 acres of land at the old Professional Center site. The first lot will be a grocery store of not more than 30,000 square feet owned by Lidl.
The second lot, although having a conceptual building layout on the Site Plan, has no use identified as yet, but will probably be retail. The plan will likely be on the Planning Board agenda in January 2020. The plan must also receive final approval from MVF’s Commercial Architectural Review Committee (CARC). It will take approximately 18 months to build the Lidl store.
Links to plans, drawings and other documents submitted to and approved by the Planning Board are available online at www.montgomeryvillage.com/about-mv/development-projects.