Monday, March 05, 2007
Following months of speculation, Home Properties finally released new details and images on February 22 at a Silver Spring Regional Center meeting of its planned redevelopment of the northern portion of the Falkland Chase apartments, the historic apartment community built in 1937 on 22 acres in downtown Silver Spring along 16th Street and East-West Highway. The Falkland North complex, to be located on the 9-acre northeast corner of East-West Highway at 16th Street, will be a mixed-use development containing 1,020 residential units and three levels of underground parking. There will also be 62,000 sf of retail and commercial space, with a Harris Teeter grocery store expected as one of the retail tenants. Monthly rents are expected to be $1,500 for a studio up to $2,200 for a two-bedroom unit – ambitious rates for Silver Spring. The project will contain interconnected towers (the tallest being 15 stories) in a semi-circle around a 1.5-acres courtyard featuring a pond and waterfall. Architecture is by Grimm & Parker, which has the new images of this project on its website. Construction is not expected to begin until close to 2010, assuming all approvals fall into place.