Thursday, August 4, 2016

Designs for new retail center at 900 Rockville Pike posted (Photos)

The Rockville architecture firm of Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc. has posted the results of the Schematic Design Study it developed for 900 Rockville Pike. Client J. Danshes LLC is attempting to develop a retail center on a property that has proved challenging to develop up until now.

SJKAIA, Inc.'s designs show a new, 7000 SF retail building on the site, and 34 parking spaces. Construction is forecast at $1.9 million, with an anticipated delivery date of January 2019. The renderings also show an apparent ingress/egress solution, which had been a sticking point with the property owner next door in the past. In previous attempts to develop the property, the Maryland State Highway Administration had declined to approve new curb cuts between that adjacent property to the south, and Edmonston Drive. An easement was sought to utilize the curb cut on the adjacent property as a shared access driveway at that time.

If successful, this would bring a lot more value to the community than the previous project proposed here by another applicant, a billiards store.

Renderings courtesy Steven J. Karr, AIA, Inc.
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  1. With the building butting up against Rockville Pike, and the parking in the rear, I believe this will allow the parking lot to be blocked from view by the public. This might result in the parking lot being a prime target for crime and damage. I'm not sure if I'd want to go back there.

    1. I guess you haven't noticed the abutting parcels and the parking currently have at the rear of their building? No different, and no crime.

  2. Are you crazy? Karr did a great design study for a client. Stick to something you know.

  3. 3:22: I've deleted that gratuitous troll comment.