This Monday, the City of Rockville council approved plans for a brand new 375-unit, 40-acre neighborhood at the Tower Oaks section of Rockville.
Bethesda-based developer EYA hopes to build 225 townhomes, 30 single-family detached homes, and 120 condo or apartment units. 13.5 percent of the residential units will be income-restricted. There will be four parking spots designated for each single-family home, and two spots for each townhome. 167 visitor parking spaces will also be constructed.
EYA first presented their plans to the city’s Planning Commission in November 2015. Since then, there have been revisions to the project as well as the promise to place a Ride On bus route adjacent to the new neighborhood. Bethesda Magazine reported that if EYA cannot provide a Ride On bus route, then they will contribute initial funding for a shuttle to take residents to nearby Metro stations.
In 1987, the city approved office buildings for the site, but they were never constructed. Additionally, EYA with Boston Properties argued that there is a lack of demand for office space in the area.
Construction is expected to begin by 2018 and finish around 2024.