A plan to build some transit-oriented development at Takoma Metro has been in the works since 2000. After a lull of at least 5 years, it’s back on the front burner. Developer EYA has devised a totally new plan that may address the objections neighbors raised to the previous plan last decade.
The original concept involved 90 townhouses across most of the site and creating a “village green” of more active, but smaller, open space. Residents didn’t like losing that much open space and argued that two-car garages would foster too many car trips for a project right at a Metro station.
EYA now proposes a much more compact development: a five-story, “approximately” 200-unit condominium building that’s almost entirely on the footprint of the existing parking lot. According to a presentation on the WMATA Board agenda for this Thursday, the large open space on the southeast side would stay mainly as is, though pedestrian “desire lines,” where people cut through the site today, would become real paths.
The bus bays would remain where they are and expand to have one new bus bay and one “layover bay” for a bus to wait between runs. Metro would build a bike station that could hold 105 bikes.
The current surface parking lot has 141 short-term spaces, but according to Metro documents, the lot is rarely more than 50 percent full, so the new project’s garage would include 100 metered Metro spaces along with some resident parking.
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