Chevy Chase Center Redevelopment

January 27, 2017

Updates Regarding the Chevy Chase Center Redevelopment Project

The Chevy Chase Land Company (the Land Company) has proposed some revisions to the proposed redevelopment plan for The Collection Chevy Chase (formerly referred to a Chevy Chase Center). The project is slated to begin March 2017. The proposed revisions were presented by Village staff to the Board of Managers at its meeting on January 9. Links to the narrative and site plan description of the changes can be found below. The changes include

  • installation of parking gates (ticket dispensers with arms) at either end of the upper deck of the surface parking lot located closest to the Buffer, 
  • adjustments and modifications to the tiered plaza area, 
  • new STOP signs throughout the lower surface parking lot and interior streets, 
  • shifting the location for some of the proposed parallel parking spaces, 
  • elimination of the three previously proposed speed humps along the easternmost interior street,
  • modifications to the water feature and art within Farr Park including additional wayfinding and business directory signage, 
  • adjustments to the light pole locations to accommodate some of the above-stated changes, and
  • consolidation of the entry and exit driveways along the proposed Montgomery Street roundabout for access to the Saks Fifth Avenue property. 
Although the Board has no objection to the proposed revisions, the Board asked staff to relay to the Land Company that the Board maintains its previously relayed concerns regarding the potential for “cut thru” traffic and pedestrian safety throughout the property, and continued concerns regarding the lack of an established parking management plan for the remaining uncontrolled surface parking spaces.

At its meeting on February 13, the Board will review a draft agreement to allow the construction of the Land Company’s proposed traffic roundabout on Montgomery Street west of the Buffer between The Collection and Saks Fifth Avenue properties.

For more information regarding this project, please visit the Village website or contact Village Manager Ms. Shana Davis-Cook at shana.davis-cook@montgomerycountymd.gov.

As submitted by the Chevy Chase Land Company


September 2017
 Planning Board Resolutions for The Collection Chevy Chase
(formerly referred to as “Chevy Chase Center”)


The Collection I
The Collection II

Planning Staff Report for the Redevelopment Application
for The Collection Chevy Chase
(formerly referred to as “Chevy Chase Center”)


The Planning Staff has issued its report to the Planning Board for the redevelopment application filed for The Collection Chevy Chase. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2016 and is set to begin at 1:05 p.m. at the Planning Board’s headquarters, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, 20910.

Links to the staff report and related attachments are copied below:

Planning Board Staff’s Report
http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2016/documents/82001013Cand82001021ETheCollectionStaffReport.pdf

Attachments (including the Village’s statement, submitted on August 4)
http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2016/documents/82001013Cand82001021ETheCollection-AttachmentsforReport.pdf

Residents may submit written statements for consideration by the Planning Board; however, comments must be received in the Chair’s office at least 24 hours in advance of the Planning Board 9/8 hearing, referencing the hearing date and item, to be reviewed by the Board and included in the official record of the hearing. Written comments received within 24 hours before a hearing date will be placed in the file, but will not be considered by the Planning Board or included in the official record.

Comments for the Planning Board should be transmitted via e-mail to MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org, faxed to Chair Casey Anderson at 301-495-1320, or addressed to: Casey Anderson, Chair, Montgomery County Planning Board, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. Residents are also encouraged to copy the Village office for our file on this matter, c/o Village Manager Shana Davis-Cook at shana.davis-cook@montgomerycountymd.gov.


June 2016

Updates re: Proposed Redevelopment at The Collection Chevy Chase
(Chevy Chase Center)


Proposed Letter to the Planning Board from the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers

Following the information meeting held in the Village Hall on May 2, 2016, Village staff, including the police Chief and Village Manager, members of the Village Board and Village Counsel, continued their discussions with representatives for the Chevy Chase Land Company, owners of “The Collection Chevy Chase” (formerly referred to as Chevy Chase Center) regarding the proposed redevelopment of the shopping center and the surrounding streets. Additionally, Village representatives met with Planning Staff in early June to discuss their review of the proposed plans and the Village’s concerns with aspects of the plan relating to driver and pedestrian safety.

In response to these discussions, the Land Company has amended their redevelopment plans. Many of the revisions are in direct response to concerns raised by Village residents both at the May 2 community meeting and in response to the subsequent questionnaire circulated by the Village to our residents (a summary of the responses to the questionnaire were provided to Land Company officials). Below is a summary of the revisions to the proposed plans, which were submitted to the Planning Board staff on June 15, 2016 and July 20, 2016:

  • Grocery Store:
    • The Land Company has withdrawn its request for removal of the site condition requiring a grocery store with a minimum square footage of 30,000 be maintained on the property.
    • An opening is proposed in the median along the driveway as you enter the property from Western Avenue to allow drivers to directly access the Kiss & Ride/Giant parking lot located to the east of the Giant.
  • Wisconsin Circle:
    • The Land Company has presented an option to cut into the section of sidewalk on Wisconsin Circle located between Western Avenue and the entrance to the underground parking garage to provide four public parking spaces. The sidewalk’s width in this section would be reduced by approximately twelve feet. The remaining sidewalk would be eight feet in width, which complies with Americans with Disabilities standards.
    • The earlier proposal to extend the curb for the proposed pedestrian crossing (immediately west of the entrance to the underground parking garage) has been eliminated at the request of fire-rescue officials, which require a minimum roadway width of twenty feet for emergency vehicle access.
    • The existing three taxi cab parking spaces will be maintained in (approximately) their current location along the westbound curb, immediately west of the proposed pedestrian crossing. No additional taxi stand will be designated along the eastbound side of the circle (on the bus terminal side).
    • Two public parking spaces are shown to the west of the taxi cab spaces. These spaces do not extend beyond the break in the center median (approximately 98 feet from the travel lane along Wisconsin Avenue). Parking in these spaces would only be permitted during off-peak (non-rush hours).
  • Internal to the Property:
    • At the Village’s request, the Land Company has agreed to install speed humps internal to the property to reduce vehicle speeds and enhance pedestrian safety. Originally, the Land Company proposed two new raised crosswalks to serve as speed humps along the interior street that is closest to the Buffer. The Village insisted that an additional speed hump, located closer to the crosswalk, was needed as you approach Montgomery Street. The Land Company agreed and revised the plans to include the third requested speed hump. The location of the third speed hump will be shifted approximately fifty feet south of this crosswalk, which the Land Company has agreed to.
    • A new ramp along the east side of the proposed plaza area to allow easy access for strollers and wheelchairs from the upper surface parking deck to the lower interior street has been proposed.
    • Passenger drop-off area in front of Clyde’s restaurant (approximately two car lengths).
    • Removal of the parking gates at the entry/exit off of Western Avenue.
  • Montgomery Street:
    • The sidewalk surrounding the proposed roundabout will be raised, effectively serving as an additional speed hump as you enter and exit the property (as well as the Saks parking lot). This will force drivers to slow down and by raising the sidewalk’s level, pedestrians will be easier for drivers to see.
    • The proposed roundabout would bring the sidewalk that encircles the roundabout deeper into the property (i.e., farther south) by approximately thirty-five feet. This will improve pedestrian access to and from the Buffer and reduce the risk of vehicular and pedestrian accidents as this heavily-used pedestrian access point between the Village and the shopping center.
The Planning Board hearing to consider and take action on the proposed plans has been scheduled for Thursday, September 8. Ahead of the hearing, Planning Board staff will issue its report containing its recommendations, which is scheduled to be released on Monday, August 29. The Planning Board staff begin drafting their report toward the end of July. The Village Board intends to submit a statement to the Planning Staff before Monday, August 15 so the Village’s statement can be included in the Planning Staff’s report to the Planning Board.

Residents may submit their written comments to the lead Planning Board staffer, Ms. Stephanie Dickel at Stephanie.dickel@montgomeryplanning.org, or to Planning Board Chair Mr. Casey Anderson at MCP-Chair@mncppc-mc.org. Residents are encouraged to submit their comments by Friday, July 29. These comments will help to inform the Planning Board Staff’s report. Written comments will continue to be accepted through the hearing date on September 8. The hearing will be held in the afternoon.

Residents are also encouraged to provide their comments, questions and concerns to the Village Manager, Ms. Shana Davis-Cook, at shana.davis-cook@montgomerycountymd.gov.
  1. Shana Davis-Cook

    Village Manager
    Phone: (301) 654-7300


7/25/2016

The Chevy Chase Land Company has submitted revised plans to the Planning Board for their proposed modifications at Chevy Chase Center. Many modifications seek to address concerns raised by Village residents at the community information meeting held in May and in response to the questionnaire circulated by the Village.

Residents that have questions regarding the proposed plans should contact Village Manager Ms. Shana Davis-Cook at shana.davis-cook@montgomerycountymd.gov or 301-654-7300. The Planning Board Hearing on the proposed plans is scheduled for Thursday, September 8.


6/17/2016

The Chevy Chase Land Company has submitted revised plans to the Planning Board for their proposed modifications at Chevy Chase Center. Many modifications seek to address concerns raised by Village residents at the community information meeting held in May and in response to the questionnaire circulated by the Village.

Residents that have questions regarding the proposed plans should contact Village Manager Ms. Shana Davis-Cook at shana.davis-cook@montgomerycountymd.gov or 301-654-7300. The Planning Board Hearing on the proposed plans is scheduled for Thursday, September 8.


The Chevy Chase Land Company (the Land Company), the owner of the shopping center located at Western Avenue, Wisconsin Circle and Wisconsin Avenue (southwest of the Village) known as Chevy Chase Center and The Collection is proposing to revitalize the center with the intention of better serving the surrounding community’s needs. The Land Company’s officials have already met twice with Village representatives to review the proposed concepts for the property.

The Land Company has filed their site plan amendments with the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission (Park & Planning), which begins the formal review process for the proposed modifications. The Land Company seeks to provide more pedestrian-friendly access, redesigned open spaces, and community-focused retail with additional restaurants, an improved mix of retail establishments.

The proposed modifications—which will not include any increase in density or additional buildings—is presently slated to begin in early 2017. The center is expected to remain open during the renovation.

To view the proposed plans and listen to the audio recording of the information meeting, please click below.


Dear Village Residents,

Below please find a link to a questionnaire seeking residents’ feedback on the proposed redesign of Chevy Chase Center. We have designed the questionnaire to allow for respondents’ anonymous feedback to indicate their level of concern in response to thirteen questions. The questionnaire is designed to be read and completed in 15 minutes using, in most instances, numerical responses on a 10-point scale to allow for easy aggregation and tabulation of the responses.

The responses will be used to inform the Village Board in preparing its comments to The Chevy Chase Land Company and the Montgomery County Planning Board.

We thank you for taking a few minutes to review and respond.

Community Questionnaire: Proposed Redesign of Chevy Chase Center and The Collection

At our May 9 Board Meeting, the Board would be pleased to consider additional comments that residents may wish to make on the proposed redesign of Chevy Chase Center. Full-size copies of the plans will be available at the Board Meeting on Monday, May 9 and are available now at the Village Hall for residents to review at their convenience.

Sincerely,

MDenger signature

Michael L. Denger
Chair, Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers


Thank you to the over 170 residents who took the time to complete and return the Village’s Community Questionnaire regarding the proposed redesign of Chevy Chase Center. Attached is a tabulation of the responses to the questionnaire, including verbatim comments.

The Village Board of Managers is reviewing the responses and plans to have further discussions with The Chevy Chase Land Company, Planning Staff, Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s staff and the Planning Board to ensure the areas of primary concern to the Village are adequately addressed.

We continue to welcome residents’ feedback regarding the proposed plan. Please contact Village Manager Ms. Shana Davis-Cook at shana.davis-cook@montgomerycountymd.gov or 301-654-7300 should you have any questions or comments you would like to share. Updated information regarding the proposed plans will continue to be added to the Village website.



New Materials Received 4/29/15 - from the Chevy Chase Land Company

(FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY, THESE IMAGES DO NOT REPRESENT THE FINAL DESIGN)