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Board OKs mixed use development


The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved a planned unit development for retail and office space, a three-story parking garage and a hotel on 10 acres near the Nottoway subdivision.
Board members unanimously approved the Travure Planned Unit Development after listening to a handful of residents with property near the proposed development, previously known as the Kirby Farm House.
The site was rezoned last October from the Old Germantown district to T-4R and T-5 districts as part of the Western Gateway Small Area Plan, said Cameron Ross, Economic and Community Development director for the city.
The development consists of three parcels, the first of which is 34,100 square feet and features office and retail space. Parcel two is 150,620 square feet of office space, including a five-level parking garage. Two of the levels will be below grade. The third parcel includes a 216-room hotel.
The development, which backs up to the Nottoway subdivision, will connect to Poplar Ave. and eventually Kirby Parkway. A 25-foot landscape buffer is required.
Robert Fogleman, managing member of Westminster Properties LLC, which owns more than 8 acres west of the develop at 6755 Poplar Ave., spoke against the roadway alignment of the project.
Fogelman said he had concerns about the “circulation and access issues” the roadways would cause.
“I am vehemently opposed to this as presently designed,” he said. “I am concerned with the road alignment and the likelihood that it will damage the future redevelopment of our property and limit the potential of a successful overall Western Gateway for the city.”
Project developer Brenda Solomito Basar with Solomito Land Planning told the board she had discussed the concerns with Fogelman.
“I don’t know that there is a whole lot we can do to change our plans that would accommodate [Fogelman’s] wishes without not being in compliance with the Western Gateway Plan.”

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