East Church Residences

A development that would add 350 units in five buildings along East Church Street in Frederick has moved forward with site plan approval by the city planning commission.

A project that would bring 350 multi-family units to the east side of Frederick is a step closer following the approval of its site plan by the city’s Planning Commission.

The development will add those 350 units in five buildings on East Church Street, along with nearly three acres of dedicated parkland.

The site plan for the East Church Residences was unanimously approved by the commission during a Monday night meeting.

The property’s developers, Bethesda-based Goldstar Group, would also dedicate 2.57 acres of land on the northeastern side next to the Eastchurch, Monocacy Crossing and Monocacy Meadows neighborhoods, according to Gabrielle Collard, the city’s manager of current planning.

That park would be adjacent to a linear park in Eastchurch with a shared-use path to the east. It would also include a connection to a 10-foot-wide shared-use path through the project to East 5th Street to provide pedestrians access to a route downtown.

The property further includes nearly five acres of nonresidential land that contains an existing 48,515-square-foot warehouse and some parking areas associated with it.

The project’s development could help move along several road-related improvements as part of its construction, according to city officials. Goldstar will have to contribute more than $12,000 toward the construction of a traffic signal at the intersection of East Church and Highland streets.

They’ll also provide a 30-foot right of way for construction of a portion of East 5th Street, and the city expects to continue to work with the developers to finish the construction of East 5th Street through to East Church Street, according to a memorandum prepared by city staff.

The project would require an agreement between the city and the developer. The agreement would have to be approved by the mayor and aldermen.

Goldstar Group is looking forward to helping make the connection happen, even though it’s not a required condition of the approval, said Bruce Dean, an attorney for the developer.

Along with the money for the road improvements, the project will have to pay a school mitigation fee after failing the adequate public facilities ordinance test for both Spring Ridge Elementary School and Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, according to the staff memo.

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Ryan Marshall is the transportation and growth and development reporter for the News-Post. He can be reached at rmarshall@newspost.com.

(19) comments

gjthuro

yet another Montgomery developer remaking Frederick into another Rockville.....but wow the developer is contributing 2.5 acres and $12K for a traffic light that wasn't needed till they came along....

shiftless88

To me, this is the right place for development. Walking distance from many amenities. Not sure about schools, though.

MD1756

It may be the right place but you should be worried about more than just the schools. Much of the infrastructure is underfunded. Environmental groups had to sue Frederick to get them to comply with the Clean Water Act and upgrade their POTW(s). What will another 350 housing units do for the traffic, wastewater collection system PWS, etc. Will the taxes paid offset the increased demand for services (not likely). The increase will certainly make it more difficult for Frederick to reduce its carbon (and other) emissions.

GerryS

How much is the mitigation fee?

BlueFredneck

I wonder how many of the people complaining about new development moved here after 2000?

Piedmontgardener

Do their tax dollars and votes count less than yours? Odd logic.

MD1756

Not odd logic, just an arbitrary date. At the year 2000, there was probably more pollution that the environment could handle.

BlueFredneck

How so? By moving in after 2000 (an entirely arbitrary date), they contributed to the traffic. They contributed (maybe) to the over crowded schools. They contributed to the crowding. All this within a time period in which I was a productive adult with a job and everything.

I mean, I don't think anyone's arguing that no one should ever be able to move anywhere. Are they?

It's just complaining about change, similar to the complaining I see on Youtube videos for music of the 80s-90s-00s. I usually comment that I remember when that music was considered unlistenable noise (or whatever adjective the modern day Archie Bunker is applying to today's music.)

I guarantee everyone in this thread that the development you live in, unless you live in the Historic District, was complained about by someone at some time. What makes the 1950s housing tracts west/north of downtown better than the 90s tracts further north/west?

MD1756

Probably less complaints in the past because less crowding, less pollution (back in the fifties and before), less backlog of infrastructure needs, etc. Gone are the days of 50 foot distance from a house to a property line. Frequently its 7 1/2 feet (for a total of 15 feet between houses). Not enough elbow room for me which is why I live in an older development with 1+ acre plots of land.

jereid27

Hey look! There's a patch green still visible. Lets build a bunch of houses on it. [censored]

Guy T. Ashton

This is in ADDITION to the 550 homes in East Frederick mentioned in the July 2nd paper? So 900 new homes coming to East Frederick? That's 900 more cars the downtown area (at least) and maybe 900 more kids into schools. And don't forget the 150 or so "affordable housing units" in the works on South Street at the funeral home parking lot. How is this a logical move without first improving the roads, schools, runoff, & etc. for the area? People complained about Blaine Young and his crowd several years ago and his "never say no to developers" attitude- so how is this any different?

petersamuel

I think that's a little unfair. There have been major roads expenditures especially Monocacy Blvd and the East St-I-70 interchange to support this. More is needed, sure, but if you build all the needed roads ahead of time they stand almost unused.

Guy T. Ashton

That is a fair comment- much has been done to gain access to I-70. However, my concern remains within Frederick proper. There is no feasible or apparent way to to increase traffic flow on East street and feeder streets into the downtown area and one cannot deny that that traffic will not simply flow to I-70. One can see similar results on Rosemont Ave due to all the new houses around Yellow Springs and the resulting traffic.

petersamuel

Yes, we have a lot of bad road design. Monocacy with so many fronting properties should be 3 or 5 lanes, the central lane being for left turns. Rosemont too. As 4-lanes the left lane in both directions is ridiculous -- one moment it is the fast lane for through traffic, the next it has a stopped vehicle waiting for ongoiing traffic to break to do a left turn. All the bridges under 15 suffer from even-lane syndrome. Just going to odd lane numbers helps with traffic flow. Monocacy/Christophers Crossing to be effective as a ring route needs to be reformatted and completed counterclockwise through to 40 and 70. The downtown roads are very difficult to change. This development should be able to use Monocacy to 70 avoiding East St.

FrederickFan

City officials really don't care about our schools and constantly add to overcrowding shifting the problem and cost to the county and our kids. Totally disappointed in Donna K who used to care about schools.

notconcerned

Readers would much appreciate and improved map / graphic, please?

CaringCommunity

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C.D.Reid

All you have to do is bring it up on Google Maps, notconcerned. That'll give you all the detail you should need, except for the approved site plan.

notconcerned

Why thank you. My point was the paper should provide that detail.

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