Public Meeting Held on December 13 to Discuss Progress of Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Area Minor Master Plan
December 14, 2016
Planners and developer discussed latest ideas for redeveloping the parking lot at the Metrorail station with goal of creating a cohesive neighborhood
SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held a public meeting on December 13 at the Garrett Park Elementary School in Kensington, MD to discuss the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Area Minor Master Plan.
At the event, Planning Department staff presented an analysis of existing transportation conditions, guiding design principles for the Metro station redevelopment and next steps in the process. Fivesquares Development, the Washington, DC-based firm chosen by Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to redevelop the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station parking lot, discussed its current plans for residential units and other uses on the site.
About the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Minor Master Plan
The current plan is an amendment to the 1992 North Bethesda Garrett Park Master Plan. The 1992 Master Plan made significant recommendations to concentrate density around the Metro stations within the plan area, including residential development around the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station.
Since that plan was adopted, the Strathmore Music Center was built to the north of the Metro station. The center includes a 1,976-seat concert hall, which has rapidly become a regional arts destination.
In 2013, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which operates the Metro system, requested development proposals for its parking lot facility at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station and selected Fivesquares Development for the project.
Pending redevelopment of the WMATA property is a primary reason the Planning Department is undertaking the Grosvenor-Strathmore Minor Master Plan and has modified the plan boundaries in order to narrow the scope of issues and expedite the schedule. The purpose of this plan is to enhance the vitality and longevity of Strathmore, improve the area’s connectivity for non-auto modes of transit and encourage a shared Grosvenor-Strathmore identity through public space and art.