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In response to The Gazette’s Aug. 6 article “Twinbrook projects rile some neighbors,” The JBG Companies first would like to emphasize that we are proud of the work we have done in Twinbrook, not only in our developments, but in our work to bring a renewed spirit to the community. Our latest mixed-use projects — The Alaire, The Terano and Galvan at Twinbrook — bring new restaurants and retail, along with transit-oriented residences that are transforming the area.

That said, I would like to correct a number of inaccuracies in the story.

JBG was not asked to respond to the allegation that we “reneged” on a deal to build condos. We have not.

The land occupied by The Alaire and The Terano is owned by WMATA and is under lease to JBG. Such a ground lease precludes owner-occupied condominiums and JBG never represented otherwise.

Both communities are part of Twinbrook Station, our 2.2 million-square-foot development around the Twinbrook Metro. Plans call for significantly more residential units and a condo component is expected in the future. Galvan was long-planned as a rental community.

There was also reference to an absence of park space. In fact, JBG has built a one-acre public park at 5601 Fishers Lane. A second park, a village green space nearer the Metro station, is in the works and will be used to host community events.

It should be noted that all JBG’s development in Twinbrook was approved through a lengthy process by the city of Rockville years ago. JBG initiated a community dialogue in 2000 and community input was incorporated. Plans for The Terano were approved in April 2005 and have since undergone at least four amendments by city planning staff. Galvan was similarly approved via public process in 2012.

As a founding member of the Twinbrook Partnership, a private neighborhood and business alliance that promotes Twinbrook, JBG is an involved member of the community. We are honored to provide support for environmental programs, biking initiatives and charitable efforts, as well as the Twinbrook Community Center, Twinbrook Elementary School and the Twinbrook Farmers Market.

It’s a shame that The Gazette story included more sensationalism than fact.

Rod Lawrence

The writer is a partner for The JBG Companies