With no opposition from residents, the development at 10914 Georgia Avenue won unanimous approval from the Montgomery County Planning Board Thursday.
The project will be the latest residential development from downtown Bethesda-based Washington Property Company, which is also building the residential high-rise at 1150 Ripley Street in downtown Silver Spring.
The project expected to break ground in April 2012 will replace an existing church that is currently home to First Baptist Church of Wheaton. The congregation will relocate to Olney.
The mid-rise 10914 Georgia Avenue will be located at a gateway location on the boundary of the Wheaton CBD. The property was rezoned from R-60 to TS-R (Transit Station, Residential) on January 18, 2011 which would allow for some retail use but the developer has opted to make the project 100 percent residential.
That is expected to be balanced by good architecture; Atlanta-based Preston Partnership led the design of the planned 6-story wood-frame structure that will sit on a concrete base. The project will include 245 apartment units with three levels of below grade parking. Washington Property Company opted to reduce the number of parking spaces from 248 to 230; a reduction of 10 percent. The project is within walking distance of the Wheaton metro station.
Rents for the project are expected to start around $1,500 and top out at $2,300 a month.