The subject property is located at 700 Quince Orchard Road and adjacent to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) campus. The property is accessible from an entrance on Quince Orchard Road and Firstfield Road.
The applicant, Rockside 700 LLC., is requesting approval to construct a two-level parking garage behind the existing office building facing Quince Orchard Road. The plans also included the construction of two public streets and other site improvements.
Previous Approval Z-7262-2016
On July 18, 2016, the Mayor and City Council approved Zoning Map Amendment Application, Z-7262-2016, as Ordinance O-5-16. The approval included the rezoning of four properties located at 700 Quince Orchard Road, 1 Bank Street, 5 Bank Street and 14 Firstfield Road to the MXD (Mixed Use Development) Zone and established a new Sketch Plan. The Sketch Plan divided the property into three Blocks. Block 1 proposes up to 400,000 square feet of commercial with a combination of lab/office, R&D technology, retail/restaurant and other uses. Block 2 proposes up to 175 residential townhomes or two-over-two condominium units with a possible 5,000 square foot commercial component. Block 3 proposes a cap of 200,000 square feet of the same commercial uses for Block 1, with the addition of medical clinics and hotel.
The Joint Public Hearing for SDP-7927-2018 was held on Monday, September 17, 2018. The video for the meeting is available here. The Mayor and City Council was initially scheduled for a policy discussion on November 19, but the Applicant had submitted a letter requesting the City Council and Planning Commission to reopen their records so they can modify the plans to include an initial phase which will contain a surface parking lot. The Planning Commission’s record will close on Friday, December 28, 2018 at 5 pm, with anticipated recommendation on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. The Mayor and City Council record will closed on Friday, January 4, 2019 at 5 pm, with anticipated policy discussion on January 22, 2019. If you have any questions about the application, please contact the Planning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-258-6330.