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Right now the 45-acre tract near the Shady Grove Metro Station near the Gaithersburg/Rockville boundary is home to the county’s school bus maintenance yard, bus parking lot and training center, as well as Montgomery Park’s maintenance yard.

But later this summer the county’s Department of General Services will pick a developer to convert the tract on the east side of Crabbs Branch Way into a residential complex to be called Jeremiah Park that will include 345 townhouses, 344 apartments, a new elementary school and a four-acre park.

Proposals for developing the site are due to the county’s Department of General Services by July 1, according to the department’s Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in January.

Ten percent of the residential units in Jeremiah Park must be work force housing units and 15 percent, Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs), according the RFP.

The developer that is chosen will meet with the local community, which includes residents of Park Overlook and Mallard Cove, before submitting a site plan, wrote Area 2 planner Nkosi Yearwood in an email on Monday.

The Jeremiah Park project is a piece of the overall plan to relocate the government maintenance and driver training facilities from what has been the County Service Park on both sides of Crabb Branch Way.

The facilities will be moved over the next few years to the Montgomery County Multi Agency Service Park, the so-called Webb tract, now under construction east of Snouffer School Road and north of Centerway in Gaithersburg.

The overall idea behind the shift is to clear the way for construction of high-density housing near Metro stations to save residents commuting time and to help relieve the heavy car traffic on county roads.

The county expects to have a development agreement or a purchase and sale agreement in place by early fall 2014, with the site cleared for the new housing by 2017, according to the RFP.

Meanwhile, a 45-acre tract on the west side of Crabbs Branch Way, to be known as Shady Grove Station-Westside, is already being developed by EYA of Bethesda.

EYA is expected to break ground later this year to begin building 1,114 apartments, 407 townhouses and more than 40,000 square feet of retail space, setting aside space for a new county library.

That complex is expected to have 211 MPDUs and 116 workforce housing units.

For more information about the overall development and relocation plan, visit montgomeryplanning.org/community/shadygrove.



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