JBG Targets Downtown Rockville for Phased Growth
275 Building Would Replace Demolished Giant Building
The JBG Companies is proposing to demolish the long-vacant Giant grocery store site in Rockville's downtown to make way for new offices and shopping as a complement to Rockville Town Square next door.
JBG could begin demolition next spring. The Chevy Chase-based development firm would then build an two-story retail and office building along North Washington Street, which would include a new Bank of America branch.
This would act as a catalyst for future phases on adjoining tracts, which could add residences, park-like settings, new road connections, street-level retail, wide sidewalks and open, public spaces, according to JBG, which has shared its plans with audiences including neighbors, city officials, community groups and civic users.
To link the Beall Avenue block to the Town Square next door, JBG official Anthony Greenberg says the firm will work with the City to extend Maryland Avenue north through the property, and border the street with a park area and new street-level retail. Another new road will bisect the property from east to west, creating a more pedestrian-friendly grid of streets and sidewalks.
JBG plans to hire individual architects for each block it controls. Master planner Cooper Carry and a landscape architecture firm will take a holistic approach to the entire property to ensure it links to neighboring communities and fits within the fabric of Rockville.
“We are fortunate to have strong support from neighbors and businesses alike who have long been asking for renewed vigor in this part of downtown Rockville,” said Greenberg in a statement.