The new building will house 130-170 units, and 15% will be affordable MPDUs. An emphasis on strong design and high-quality materials will mesh well with the other new buildings in the Woodmont Triangle, two characteristics the Auburn's ownership feels are becoming the neighborhood's calling card. That design and engineering will come from the renowned architecture firm Shalom Baranes Associates and VIKA Engineering, a partnership representatives called "an amazing team of architects and engineers."
A restaurant with outdoor seating is envisioned for the ground floor retail space in the project. One nearby resident said he doubted a restaurant could be successful at that location, saying the area around it is too dead, but the owners feel new residential buildings nearby will boost foot traffic.
The building would have an internal service entry and loading dock, and more green shade than the site currently has. One disappointment that had to be worked around: the owner of the building next to the project on Norfolk Avenue refused to sell, forcing the project to wrap around it, and losing prominent visibility on the busier road.
One attendee of last night's meeting has leased office space in the Auburn Professional Building for thirty years, and was concerned about how soon it will be demolished. That won't happen before late 2019 at the earliest, according to the owners, who have owned the building for as long as that applicant has had an office there.
The applicant, represented by attorney Stacy Silber of Lerch, Early & Brewer in Bethesda, plans to file its sketch and preliminary plans in the next 30 days, with a potential public hearing before the Planning Board in late summer or fall. If successful, a site plan will follow.
|One interesting thing about some of the|
massing renderings - they have red outlines
of the heights allowed on the existing low-rise
properties around it
|Old plan (left) vs. new plan (right)|