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Board OKs development contracts for apartment, office buildings

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The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen has approved two development contracts for the construction of a three-story apartment and a single story office building

The apartment building will be located at the Village of Germantown, a 247-unit continued care retirement community for seniors. The new structure will be 19,770 square-feet and contain 33 assisted living units. An additional 19 parking spaces will also be added in front of the building. The new building will be connected to the existing facility.

The 8,562-square-foot office building will be located in the Forest Hill Heights development at the southeast corner of Forest Hill-Irene and Winchester Road.

Nearly four years ago, the Germantown Board adopted a long-range strategic plan for the economic development future of the city. As one of the few remaining commercial areas with large undeveloped tracts, existing corporate headquarters and valuable access to important traffic corridors, Forest Hill Heights was identified as an economic node in need of a small area plan consistent with the recommendations from the city’s strategic plan.

In other news:
Board members approved a professional services agreement for the planning and design of a central business district streetscape for Old Germantown and the Central Business District. The city will pay $154,895 for streetscape planning and urban design work performed by Alta Planning and Design.

Noting that he was concerned by the amount of money the city planned to spend on the project, Alderman John Barzizza voted against the services agreement and said he hoped it wasn’t a “back-door approach” to revisit the Germantown Road realignment project that was scrapped earlier this year.