MetroPointe at Wheaton Metro

Wheaton, MD

Wheaton, Maryland

MetroPointe at Wheaton Metro, with its urbane architectural character and central location in downtown Wheaton, Maryland has become a focal point of the area’s renaissance. Designed for the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, and located directly on top of a Metro station, it is a minute’s walk to retail shopping, restaurants, a neighborhood Safeway and workplaces. This mixed-finance, mixed-income rental development utilizes the existing infrastructure, and along with the new Metro station, provides accommodations for multiple modes of transport including direct Metro access, buses, flexcar, private automobiles, bicycles and walking. MetroPointe brings together a pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development that is a model for affordable, smart growth.

Facing the challenge of a complex site, a client whose mission is to provide quality low- to moderate-income housing and support services to local residents, and a mixed-use program, Torti Gallas and Partners successfully designed and organized the new community to enhance the lives of the new residents and to jumpstart the revitalization of downtown Wheaton, Maryland. At the same time Torti Gallas and Partners assisted the Owner through the complicated bond and low-income housing tax credit financing process with HOC, the State of Maryland, Montgomery County Government and Wachovia Bank.

The buildings were designed to create a new urban community and provide a smooth transition to the smaller scale, single-family homes to the east and to negotiate a three story grade differential from one end of the site to the other. The elevations transition from a vibrant, modern façade with formal edges, wide sidewalks, and ground floor retail uses along the primary commuter street to the west. As the building moves away from the commuter street towards the smaller local streets, there is a more traditional idiosyncratic feel, with residential entrances and small courtyards developed to keep the building in character with the existing residential neighborhood to the East. Beautifully landscaped semi-private courtyards are interspersed along the serpentine public park that runs through the site to provide the public and the tenants with a park-like feel that provides easy access from the adjacent residential community to the Metro station. The community’s mixed-income program consists of 53 tax credit units, 114 Market-rate units, and 6 units that were specifically designed for tenants who suffer from spinal cord injuries. With its spacious common areas, amenity spaces, and a community room for after school activities, this mixed-income development brings together tenants from many different backgrounds and helps foster a strong sense of community.

MetroPointe is a high-density solution that provides an attachable critical mass of urbanism at what once was a suburban crossroad setting. Through the joint efforts of designers, housing officials, state and county officials, transit authorities, and public and private investors, this project achieves a dense urban development that sets a model for future smart growth in the area and the surrounding region.

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Project Data

2.7 acres
197,878 sf floor area
173 rental units
3,295 sf retail
4,800 sf common areas

Services

Architectural Design
Construction Phase Services
Community Meetings
Feasibility/Yield Analysis
Public Hearing
Site Plan Approval
Urban Design
Unit Plans
Conceptual Architectural Design
Renderings/Models

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NAHRO Journal of Housing & Community Development Award

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