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Wheaton Downtown Study (2022)

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The Wheaton Downtown Study seeks to advance implementation of the 2012 Wheaton CBD and Vicinity Sector Plan. The Study explores how to further Wheaton’s economic diversity by strategically leveraging new investment and economic benefits created by large scale redevelopment, while fostering the successful and entrepreneurial nature of the existing small property owners and businesses interested in evolving and adapting. The Study establishes an urban design framework with near-, mid-, and long-term strategies to create a cohesive downtown that integrates recent development with Wheaton’s small-scale character while meeting the needs and aspirations of small businesses, property owners, and residents of the Wheaton Central Business District.

The Wheaton Downtown Study represents a new kind of process for the Planning Department: it allows for targeted refinements without changing the plan’s core recommendations. But similar to the Sector Plan process, the study includes qualitative research, data collection, and extensive conversations with community members and key stakeholders. These findings inform strategies to allow the evolution of downtown Wheaton, including adaptive reuse or expansion of small properties as well as public realm improvements.

View the Wheaton Downtown Study.

Last Updated: September 15, 2023