Amazon Grocery Store to Be Included in White Oak Town Center, According to Recent Report

by MCS Staff
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Back in July we shared preliminary plans for the upcoming White Oak Town Center that included updated renderings. In the renderings there was a noticeable change in the grocery store that was depicted. In earlier drawings, the grocery store designs resembled Trader Joe’s, but the updated renderings resembled Amazon Fresh.

This morning, BizJournals reported that “Amazon has reached a deal to open a new supermarket at a long-planned Silver Spring redevelopment fewer than three miles from the Food and Drug Administration’s campus”, referring to White Oak Town Center. “The team behind the White Oak Town Center has swapped a 41,000-square-foot Amazon-branded market, likely an Amazon Fresh, in for what had been a roughly 16,000-square-foot Trader Joe’s.”

White Oak Town Center will be located at 12345 Columbia Pike, in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of Prosperity Drive and Industrial Parkway. Below you’ll see some bullet points about what to expect, along with the renderings from our July update:

• The Site Plan is limited to a maximum of 105,000 square feet of commercial development on the Subject Property.

• The development is limited to a maximum height of 40 feet, as measured from the building height measuring point(s), as illustrated on the Certified Site Plan. Each building will have its own building height measuring point.

• The Applicant must provide a minimum of 29,206 square feet of public open space (10% of the Site
Area)

• The proposed development will be comprised of two buildings – Building A and Building B, both oriented to Industrial Parkway. A surface parking lot is located between the two buildings

• The proposed development removes the existing free right turn from Industrial Parkway onto Prosperity Drive and provides for dedication on Industrial Parkway and Prosperity Drive.

• Building A is a commercial building with approximately 63,100 square feet of density divided into 3 retail spaces. The space adjacent to Prosperity Drive is proposed to be a 41,000-square foot grocery store that anchors Building A and the entire development. Two other retail spaces complete the building, with outdoor tables for a potential restaurant. All front doors open onto the parking lot, with a loading area and additional parking to the rear.

• Building B is a two-story commercial building with approximately 40,000 square feet of density, with retail and office uses. While Building B is oriented to Industrial Parkway, it can also be accessed from the parking lot. There is a plaza with a Sign/ Clock Tower at the west end of Building B, as well as a seating area at the east end.

• The Project will provide a sufficient number of on-site parking spaces to support the proposed development and visitors, in accordance with Division 59.6 of the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance requires a minimum of 368 parking spaces and allows for a maximum of 630 spaces. In total the Project will provide 405 spaces, which exceeds the minimum but remains within the maximum permitted amount.

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