The Montgomery County planning board was recently presented with early plans for another residential apartment complex in Silver Spring’s Ripley District. The area bounded by the CSX railroad tracks to the west, Georgia Avenue to the east and the Silver Spring Transit Center garages to the north, is partially developed including two high-rise apartment buildings completed in the last four years, ranging from 190 to 200 feet.
The project referred to as Ripley II or Solaire Silver Spring II, is planned to include 419,286 square feet of residential use which amounts to 440 units and 18,088 square feet of non-residential use that could end up as retail. The high-rise apartment building would reach 200 feet on 1.66 acres.
Washington Property Company is developing the site; the predominantly commercial office developer has turned to residential projects in Montgomery County in recent years. The Solaire Silver Spring, which sits about two blocks north in the Ripley District was one of the company’s first ground-up entries into the residential market; the apartment complex was completed in 2012. Solaire Silver Spring II would be the third proposed residential building in the Ripley District by Washington Property Company. Another is planned at 8252 Georgia Avenue.
Approximately 8,000 residential units have been planned and completed in downtown Silver Spring alone in the last 10 years.