+ Who are the developers?

The project is led by a partnership formed by The Duffie Companies, a family-owned real estate company focused on highly-sustainable building practices and headquartered in eastern Montgomery County; Willco, a leading developer, owner, investor, and manager of first-class commercial real estate based in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area; and the Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC).

+ Where is the proposed redevelopment located?

The proposed redevelopment is located at the intersection of University Boulevard and Veirs Mill Road. The overall project area (West of Viers Mill Road) is 5+ acres, and the land is predominantly designated within the Commercial Residential (CR) zone. The site is currently home to Lindsay Ford, Mattress Firm, and the former Ambassador hotel; the hotel is slated for demolition in Summer 2019. We believe that the prominence of this intersection affords us the ability to create a signature entrance into the Wheaton Central Business District.

+ What is being developed?

The project, currently known as Wheaton Gateway, will ultimately be a vibrant, mixed use, mixed income project that incorporates high levels of sustainability. The project will be designed and eventually constructed in phases. Each phase will likely contain a mix of residential (rental) and commercial (e.g. retail) space. The residential portions of the project will include a variety of unit types (i.e. 1, 2, and 3-bedroom units), and priced for a variety of income levels. Our goal is to create 70% market rate and 30% Moderately Priced Dwelling Units. The commercial space will be concentrated on the first floor. Parking will likely be underground.

+ What is the development process?

Wheaton Gateway will take an orderly progression through the entitlement process in Montgomery County. The process will take a number of years and will include a concept plan, sketch plan, preliminary plan of subdivision, and site plan. There will be many opportunities throughout the process for community input.

What is the development timeline? At this time, the team is soliciting feedback from the community as part of the concept plan design and space programming process. Following entitlements, the team will pursue building permits and upon their issuance, construction will commence. It is not anticipated that construction will commence before 2023. Demolition of the Ambassador hotel (scheduled to occur in 2019) is being coordinated at this time.

+ How can I stay informed throughout the process?

We are committed to maintaining an open dialog and welcome your feedback. We encourage interested members of the community to stay informed by:

  • Following our website, joining our mailing list, and submitting your questions, comments and feedback: WheatonGateway.com
  • Following the project’s approval progress with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission: mncppc.org.
  • Sending an email or letter of support to the Montgomery County Planning Board or testifying at a future public hearing.
  • Attending meetings with civic organizations and homeowners’ associations. Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a meeting with our development team.

+ Have another question?

Please contact us if you have any additional questions or wish to share feedback with our development team.