Westview South

An overall look at the planned development for Westview South, which is located off Buckeystown Pike south of Frederick. The development is split into sections of live, work and play with the remaining acreage as open space.

The landscape behind Westview Promenade Shopping Center in Frederick will significantly change over the next few months as development plans and construction of a large housing and retail project move forward.

Dubbed Westview South, the 100-acre plot of land off Buckeystown Pike is set to include 600 homes, a shopping center and an office park for those in the research and development sector, according to Brad Benna, who works in the Frederick leasing office of Matan Cos., which owns the property.

“We want it to be different than what Frederick has seen, with more of a town center feel … and more walkable,” Benna said in a phone interview.

The 600 homes slated for Westview South will be a mix of townhouses, condominiums and single-family homes, according to Jim McCormack, the director of sales at Westview South Living.

Construction on the first batch of homes — model homes and those that have been reserved by potential buyers — will begin in November and are expected to be finished by April or May 2016.

McCormack said he did not know the number of homes that would be built in this first round, noting it would depend on the number of reservations. As of Thursday, his office had received a handful of reservations from people looking to live in Westview South, he said.

The remaining homes will be built over the next 5 to 6 years, according to McCormack.

Mitchell & Best Home Builders owns the 25-acre parcel that will house the first phase of residential construction, a clubhouse and a swimming pool. The Rockville-based home construction firm bought the land earlier this year for $13.8 million from Matan Cos., which owns the majority of the Westview South property.

Construction crews broke ground earlier this month on the 20,750-square-foot shopping center located in the 10-acre retail portion of Westview South. It is slated to be finished in April 2016.

Dunkin’ Donuts will take up about 2,000 square feet of space in the shopping center and another business, which Benna declined to identify, committed to 8,000 to 10,000 square feet.

The remaining 10,000 to 12,000 square feet of the shopping center currently remains open, but may not be for much longer, according to Benna.

“We’re in pretty strong negotiations with a few other restaurant groups, both local and outside the area,” Benna said. “I think they’ll bring in a new and unique flavor, particularly to Westview South … more of what you would find in downtown Frederick.”

Although work in some parts of the retail section just began, another part is already complete. Homewood Suites, a branch of the Hilton hotel chain, opened in September with 117 rooms.

Of the 100 acres that make up Westview South, roughly 35 acres will become an office park geared toward companies in the research and development industry, according to Benna.

A business is looking at the space now, but nothing has been finalized yet, Benna said.

The remaining acreage on the Westview South property will be reserved as green space, according to the project’s website.

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Paige Jones covers business and biotech in Frederick County. She started at the paper in 2014 as a nighttime crime reporter before switching to business. A Kansas transplant in Maryland, she enjoys exploring the East Coast in her free time.

(15) comments

frederickhistory

Thanks Frederick it will now take me 1 1/2 hours to get from RT 85 to Rt 15 Jefferson street especially on a Friday!!! its already an hour most evenings rush hour .... Just Lovely :(
I give up !!!! Stop all this Home building and bring some REAL High paying jobs to Frederick just not Retail ......

KellyAlzan

This is exciting!

I can buy a 1/2 mil dollar home there and no more I-270, I can work at the Duncan donut shop! Live work and play. I'm sure working at the donut shop will be more than enough to cover my mortgage on my 1/2 million dollar home!!!

KellyAlzan

(600) homes.

(100) acres. Divided into thirds.

So roughly (30) acres for (600) homes. Along with streets, storm water management pond(s), etc.

These houses will be on top of one another. Like 12-feet apart.

Tigerzord

maybe they will be three over threes [lol]

sue1955

I have posted on this subject in previous months, but the whole "live, work, and play" concept is ridiculous and not based in fact. BTW, Jan Gardner supports this theory and "growth" as she stated a few weeks ago at a meeting about 270 issues. People who would be working the new retail jobs would not be able to afford this new housing supposedly designed and built for that population. Not to mention that any jobs generated by the professional jobs expected at this site are not necessarily going to the people moving into this new development.

The existing development and traffic is already a monstrosity in Frederick county.

elymus43

The county has too many new houses already. Hopefully, the county executive can try to stop this kind of thing spreading further. The housing bubble has got to burst soon. The county landscape is ruined already.

jerseygrl42

Yeah, moves forward alright.... with making this area Rockville 2 and putting more money in the hands of Matan and his "buddies" who never are able to say NO to him...wonder why...and of course the taxpayers as always will foot the bill for this extravaganza with more school needs , more county services and increased congestion in an already over crowded area....yeah that is what I call "Forging Ahead"

Tigerzord

Yep - congestion is only going to get worse! A lot worse!!!!! More congestion, more portables, higher taxes!!!! Thank you Blaine Young, Billy Shreve, Kirby Delauter and Paul Smith (NOT!)

Sallyforth

In all likelihood, this development is the real reason the incinerator contract was cancelled by Blaine Young.

Fredmd21704

Blaine isn't a commissioner any longer.

jerseygrl42

this was approved on his watch

Tigerzord

Blaine Young approved approximately 15,000 new homes in his reign! He is to blame! He did and does not care about anyone or anything other than himself. Doesn't care that the infrastructure can't handle more homes! We saw that clearly in the 13 nights of hearings on Monrovia Town Center, which by the way IS NOT A DONE DEAL!!!!!!! Stay tuned for updates on RALE -

jwhamann

Looks like a medieval walled city.

Fredmd21704

nope, still not funny.....

jwhamann

I wasn't trying to be funny. That's just what it looks to me.

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