Ourisman Ford Redevelopment

Ourisman Ford is closing its dealership on Westlake Terrace behind Montgomery Mall. Foulger-Pratt, the developer of Parc Potomac on Seven Locks Road, is seeking to redevelop the site. For this to happen, the County Council must pass a Zoning Text Amendment (a form of legislation) allowing mixed-use development in a C2 Commercial Zone if it's near a transit center. Currently this exception to C2 zoning is only permitted near a Metro station. MMCAP is considering both FP's plans and the ZTA. Councilmember Roger Berliner may sponsor the ZTA if the community is not opposed. We're told that the mixed-use designation requires the first level of each building to be retail.

Foulger-Pratt seeks to put in 340 luxury units above some 60,000 square feet of retail. They want community support and have met with MMCAP members on two occasions. Nothing has been submitted for county approval as of February 2008.

See the following sketches, which are purely conceptual. Some include the entire area between Westlake Drive and I-270. Foulger-Pratt does not own that land and the plans for anything beyond just the Ourisman property are just their vision should they be able to acquire that land from Jim Coleman, Home Depot Expo, etc.

Updated Westlake Drive Plan

Westfield provided updated street plans for Westlake Drive in January 2008. The red lines indicate the new configuration. This nearly final plan is the culmination of two meetings involving MMCAP, Westfield, DPWT and M-NCPPC in September and December to resolve Westlake Drive issues. We appreciate County Executive Ike Leggett's help in motivating DPWT to arrange these meetings and make changes. Several County Council members helped as well... Nancy Floreen on transportation, Duchy Trachtenberg, George Leventhal and Roger Berliner to name a few.

The plan includes the following features:

Please contact Jack Cochrane with any comments. Thank you!

Westfield agrees to modify its Montgomery Mall expansion plan!

During late August and September, MMCAP negotiated with Westfield based on rights granted to surrounding communities under the 1958 covenants. On September 20th, 2007 we were able to finally reach an agreement with Westfield allowing the company to build its expansion without fear of legal action by MMCAP, provided it make certain concessions to the community. This is in addition to the major concessions already offered by Westfield in June.

Please see the final agreement between MMCAP and Westfield. (Note that this is an unofficial copy because it doesn't contain any Westfield signatures. A fully signed copy will be posted soon).

MMCAP owes its success to all the fantasitc residents of nearby communities who wrote letters, gave testimony and appeared at the public hearing and other meetings. It was all of you who made it possible to negotiate this settlement with Westfield. Thank you!

The Montgomery County Planning Board held its public hearing on September 20th. The Planning Board approved the mall expansion application, with changes in accordance with MMCAP's agreement with Westfield. These two memoranda describe Westfield's updated plan as approved by the Planning Board:

If anyone still wants to contact elected officials or the Planning Board about this matter, please see our contact page which contains contact information for various officials.

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