Sunday, June 13, 2010

Symphony Park at Strathmore


A new Montgomery County-based development firm plans to bring 112 new brownstone townhouses to the front yard of the $100 million Strathmore Music Center and Mansion. Symphony Park at Strathmore is the first signature project for Streetscape Partners, a two-year-old firm that recently won the right to develop the 18-acre site at the southeast corner of the intersection of Strathmore Avenue and Rockville Pike in North Bethesda thanks to the financial backing of Lubert-Adler Partners, LP. The community will offer new residents access to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro and select membership with the Strathmore.

According to Ron Kaplan, Co-managing Principal at Streetscape, the four-story townhouses will each have a deck and most will have a "mews," front green space or garden with an alley in the back for access to the two-car garage. The fourth story of each home is a loft. The project offers "significantly more open space than most of these types of developments" added Kaplan. The developer described the finishes as "real materials" meaning brick and stone and solid wood doors. The design team tried to evoke the appearance of Georgetown, and Boston's back bay, a "sophisticated" community, according to Kaplan.

Not all 18 acres will be developed for housing; the team is donating five acres for use by Montgomery County as an outdoor amphitheater for public performances, linked to Strathmore. Additionally, the plan includes a new "Symphony Park Forest," several acres of "forested land created from scratch" with the planting of 200 some odd trees to line a new walk way between the community and the Arts Center, explained Kaplan.

Kaplan described that site as "one of the best pieces of land for residential development in the whole county (Montgomery)." The land previously belonged to the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and had been under contract with residential developer Centex; Streetscape snapped it up when market conditions forced Centex to renege on its contract after several years of pre-development planning. Streetscape inherited the footprint, including the agreed upon number of homes from the original buyer and retained architects, Lessard Group, to rework the design. Though Kaplan assured his designs "increase the quality" changing the previous plans "pretty significantly." According to Kaplan, the team has all of its approvals from the County and expects to begin land development in the fall with the first model units appearing next spring. Sales will also begin this fall.

North Bethesda, Maryland real estate development news

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a shitty suburban crap plan. Right next to Strathmore. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Absolutely no hierarchy between alleys and streets. Oh, is it gated too?

Packin' in the townhouses - it doesn't even follow the alignment of the roads?!? The land planner who did this should go back to designing storm retention ponds.

Anonymous said...

its "mews" not "muse"

Shaun on Jun 14, 2010, 12:12:00 PM said...

thanks for the heads up on "mews"

Greg said...

streetscape partners is leaving THE worst first impression if they think that this is the best they can come up with. priority one should have been to bag lessard- that is utter laziness to keep them on board. what a damn shame for this key piece of land, and for the strathmore. that is pretty dreadful site design.

Anonymous said...

"Brownstones" exist only in New York. That is not a term we have ever used here, and it especially makes no sense using that term when the rowhouses are clearly brick. Learn your vernacular! The terms "brownstone" and "rowhouse" are NOT interchangeable.

These rowhouses are attractive, if extremely anachronistic for this particular spot of land...

Tom A. on Jun 16, 2010, 10:09:00 AM said...

How sad to read this. God forbit we leave some green space in inner MoCo! And although it's close to metro, I'm sure it will be a car- centric development.

And yuo cannot "build" a back bay or Georgetown in the middle of the suburbs!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a total copy of the EYA Park Potomac community if you ask me, which was also done by Lessard. Nothing original in the market anymore....

Anonymous said...

Brownstones are as visually pleasing as cow pies on a Lush green meadow. Each time I drive up 270 and see those Brownstones off Seven Locks I thnk to myself they are so out of place with their surroundings.

Is it just me or is the county looking more like NYC .

Nancy on Jan 28, 2011, 9:25:00 PM said...

It's tragic that Streetscape doesn't take this opportunity to build this development to the curves of the land and Strathmore Music Hall. Some fresh and new rather than the same old stuff. Yes, the development off of 270 is an eyesore!

 

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