Vote this week on big White Flint area project: More than 2,000 new residences, retail

What is currently an office park complex in the White Flint area of Rockville, Maryland, will likely be transformed into a multiuse community, including more than 2,000 new residences.

Located on Executive Boulevard, near Montrose Parkway and a few hundred feet west of Rockville Pike, the Rose Village project is set to be voted upon by the Montgomery County Planning Board this Thursday.

The new project would include seven new multistory buildings, with between 214 and 391 apartments in each. All but one of the buildings would have retail and office space on the ground level, according to Planning Board documents.

The project proposal calls for a total of 2,060 new residences — 15% of the units would be designated as affordable housing.

In an already-congested corridor, the project aims to improve land use, while not creating more need for road projects nearby.

White Flint and Twinbrook Metro stations are within walking distance, and project plans would improve access to them. Each building would have parking garages, to accommodate residents, customers and visitors.

The new buildings would be built around green spaces and plazas, with the intention of minimizing visibility of garage entrances from gathering areas.

Three offices, a parking garage and several ground-level parking lots are currently on the property. One of the offices would be demolished, according to the developer, Washington Science Center Joint Venture.

“Overall, this urban infill development project will transform a single-use office park campus with surface parking into a compact community, with new residential and mixed-use buildings with ground-floor activating commercial uses near existing employment, services and transit,” the planning board’s staff recommendation said.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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