The University’s Request for Proposals for the East Campus redevelopment is not an illustrated guide to a future East Campus. In fact, since the University has yet to reveal the final proposal, visual representations of the East Campus redevelopment are few and far between, making it hard to grasp fully the idea of the project. However, Rockville Town Square, a redevelopment in downtown Rockville appears similar to what the University envisions. The Rockville redevelopment is dense and urban, with hidden parking facilities, well-situated public spaces, and residential buildings as tall as six-floors.
While there is no guarantee that East Campus will look anything like downtown Rockville, don’t be surprised if in January the developers submit proposals bearing some resemblance to the Rockville project.
Photos and descriptions: Top: White sections of the façades are uncompleted storefronts. Note that the buildings are built right up against the sidewalk, typical of urban neighborhoods. Below: A view from the public square within the development. The archway in the building actually leads to a parking garage hidden behind the building. The roads within the development are lined with parallel parking spaces and provide one travel lane in each direction.
Above: A view from the aforementioned archway looking toward the public square. Note that the entire ground floor space will be occupied by retail businesses, whereas the floors above will be condominiums. One building can have several façades, reducing monotony. Below: Small retail spaces provide opportunities for quirky businesses that cannot afford that large floor expanses. Thus, this space will be conducive to occupancy by a small, independent, local business.
Above: The second interior street of the development. Below: Visitors will savor this small aesthetic treat (a fountain) that the builders included along the sidewalk.