MOM's Organic Market Wins Over Trader Joe’s In Downtown Silver Spring Planning Site Redevelopment
It’s been over ten years in the making but a large mixed-use redevelopment in downtown Silver Spring looks to have finally locked-in its anchor tenant.
MOM's Organic Market will move into a newly built retail space once construction is complete on the former home of the Montgomery County, Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.
Redevelopment of 8787 Georgia Avenue has been in the works since at least 2007 when the planning department initiated discussions to move the Park and Planning headquarters within downtown Silver Spring. Known at the time as SilverPlace, private partners included Bowie-based developer Bozutto and Silver Spring-based architectural firm Torti Gallas and Partners. Several iterations that contained an office component were proposed, including a location at 8711 Georgia Avenue. That site now exists as a residential apartment building. During that time it was speculated that a Trader Joe’s grocery store would anchor the retail portion of the project.
The County eventually decided to settle the planning department in the Wheaton neighborhood, north of downtown on Georgia Avenue, for a new office building headquarters. The public-private partnership included Bozutto and Bethesda-based Stonebridge. The planning department and other County agencies have since relocated to the new building at the end of August.
Rockville-based MOM was noted as a “right-sized” fit for the north core of downtown Silver Spring, an area seen as a retail desert and lacking a true retail destination.
375 units would be included in two residential low-rise buildings with 26,500 square feet of retail. The project is expected to breakground in the first quarter of 2021 with completion by the third quarter of 2023.