Redevelopment and Revitalization Efforts

County-initiated redevelopment and revitalization projects are initiatives intended to impact and improve local economies by providing:

  • Quality high paying jobs
  • Sufficient and affordable housing near mass transit
  • Redevelopment and clean-up of old industrial sites, and
  • Needed and overdue investments in County government facilities.

These redevelopment efforts strategically leverage County assets to generate private sector investment. The Office of Planning and Development coordinates with other County departments to mitigate any negative impacts associated with redevelopment activities.

Click here to learn more about Montgomery County’s Smart Growth Initiative.

OPD is managing the following redevelopment projects:

Completed Redevelopment Projects:

Life Science Center West, Smart Growth Initiative Project

The redevelopment of the 46 acres that is the former Public Safety Training Academy (PSTA) site is an integral component of the County’s Smart Growth Initiative and advances the vision of the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan. The former uses were relocated to the new PSTA summer 2016. The County selected The Elms at PSTA, LLC to redevelop the property with a mix of residential units, including 30% Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (“MPDUs”). The Planning Board approved the Preliminary Plan on July 22, 2021 and approved the Site Plan on March 31, 2022. The property was sold to the developer in June 2022, and the developer began site work summer 2022. More information about the project can be found here (scroll down to "Communities Coming Soon"). The Elms at PSTA will bring housing opportunities within walking distance of the jobs in the Life Science Center per the Master Plan. This new residential community will include 630 new residential units including 2-over-2 condominiums, townhomes and apartments, as well as approximately 1,700 square feet of retail. The project will provide pedestrian circulation via a system of sidewalks, the LSC Loop, open space linkages and a series of interconnected open spaces and amenity areas including a civic green, a playing field, a forested area with natural surface trails, a playground and fitness stations.

2nd District Police Station

The new 2nd District Police Station in Bethesda is the realization of a public-private partnership between Montgomery County and Bethesda-based developer StonebridgeCarras. The former 2nd District station was constructed in 1961. At nearly 60 years old, the facility required major building repairs and had multiple site constraints that made it difficult to meet the needs of a growing police district. StonebridgeCarras designed and constructed the new state-of-the-art facility on an underutilized vacant lot. In return, the County transferred the old 2nd District site at 7359 Wisconsin Avenue, a highly valuable property near mass transit, to StonebridgeCarrras who will redevelop that property as part of an office and hotel project, further contributing to the vibrant downtown Bethesda business district. The new four-story, 28,000-square-foot police station meets police requirements and will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified. The new station maximizes the use of public land by utilizing a portion of the adjacent County Garage 35 for police vehicles and ancillary requirements. The new 2nd District Police Station began operation in February 2018.

Progress Place

Housed in what was originally a commercial bakery, Progress Place has served Silver Spring’s low-income and homeless populations since 2000 by providing counseling, meals, winter shelter space and medical services. Eventually these programs had expanded to the point that the building could no longer adequately meet the needs of the community members it serves. By partnering with local developer Washington Property Company for the design and construction of a new Progress Place on County-owned land, Montgomery County is able to provide our most vulnerable populations with expanded services, including 21 apartments for persons transitioning out of homelessness. With the completion of the new Progress Place, Washington Property Company will redevelop the former site as a highrise residential development. This partnership illustrates the County’s continued commitment to smart growth by leveraging publicly-owned land, promoting transit-oriented development in Silver Spring and expanding our capacity to serve the community. The new Progress Place began operation in December 2016.