Wednesday, July 11, 2018
HOC proposes making Brooke Park apartments all-affordable housing in Bethesda
Two mature trees that have been evaluated to be in poor condition will be removed from the site, the parking lot behind the building off Sangamore Road will be reconstructed, and a 5' to 8.5' retaining wall will be added along the parking lot's northern edge. The new parking lot will contain only 13 parking spaces for the 17 units, a plan that may be of concern to nearby residents. Under the existing zoning ordinance, the building should have 24 spaces, but MPDUs have lower parking requirements. MPDUs will almost certainly generate a few more students than currently live in the building for the Walt Whitman cluster.
On the positive side, the existing appropriate height and density of the property will now be preserved, and the naturally-occurring affordability of Brooke Park will be retained. Under the previous plan, there would have been a total net loss of affordable units here. The Planning Board is scheduled to take up the HOC plan at its July 19, 2018 meeting. Planning staff is recommending approval of the plan, with conditions.