Compact, diverse neighborhoods with accessible opportunities to live, work and play supports community stability, public infrastructure and services.
Kentlands was one of the first year-round communities that were designed as a Neo-traditional or New Urbanist community in the United States with a lively town center. Main Street in Kentlands has small town shops and neighborhood commercial centers along its boulevard that is convenient for walking and biking. Rodgers Consulting was involved in this award winning community from the beginning, working on site planning, engineering and environmental issues, including on the charrette team that included Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk. Rodgers Consulting was also involved with the majority of coordination and plan approval with the City of Gaithersburg, in order to implement the vision of the charrette team. Some of the ground-breaking features of this community include: typology codes, intermixed land uses, modified street designs, roundabouts, modified parking standards, the inclusion of local services in neighborhood design and the use of the 5 minute walk to establish the reasonable limits to neighborhoods.
Currently in use as the aging Americana Glenmont Forest Apartments, the Glenmont Forest Feasibility study provides a fresh look at this property within a 5 minute walk of the Glenmont Metro station. Built in the 1960’s, the apartment site is currently zoned R-30- Multiple-family, low density residential and proposed zoned CR 1.5/CRN 1.0 per the Glenmont Sector Plan preliminary recommendations. The study provided by Rodgers showed that redevelopment of the property could yield 1,000 new units with the existing 500 units, providing additional housing within walking distance of the Glenmont Metro stop meeting Montgomery County’s major smart growth goals. The plan would create a walkable, mixed use environment, provide additional connectivity and access, provide stormwater management, and protected, affordable housing. Additional elements to the plan are large tree save areas, a central formal park, and regular street grid.
These urban redevelopment projects along the Carroll Creek corridor in the heart of Frederick promise to revitalize a historic and vital part of the City of Frederick’s downtown to become a vibrant area attracting young professionals and those looking for an urban lifestyle. These sites include garden-like settings, pedestrian focused design, public art, water features, and sweeping views of the famous clustered spires of Frederick. Available to all visitors is the wealth of possibilities in restaurants, antiques, shops, art galleries, theaters, museums, and local parks. South Market Center and Maxwell Place Condominiums at Carroll Creek received the 2007 Award of Excellence, from the Maryland/DC National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) for “Best Urban Business District Office;” the 2006 Award of Excellence, from the Frederick County Builders Association, for “Best Multi-Family Project;” and the 2006 Monument Award, from the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association, for “Innovative Infill Land Planning, Under 2 acres.”