Success Story: Wisconsin Place is Model Smart Growth Development
Wisconsin Place, one of Montgomery County’s largest mixed-use, transit-oriented developments, soon will be complete. The Friendship Heights project consists of about 1.1 million square feet of mixed uses including 305,000 square feet of retail, a new Bloomingdale’s store, 305,000 square feet of first-class office space, a Whole Foods grocery store, 432 luxury apartments, 1,765 parking spaces and a 24,000 square foot community center. The County Council adopted the Friendship Heights Sector Plan in 1994.
Since then, the developer, New England Development, has pursued its land use approvals and constructed the project with its development partners, Boston Properties and Archstone. Some of the name tenants include the Capital Grille, P. F. Chang’s, Cole Haan, Talbots, Max Azria, MAC Cosmetics, Iloria, Sephora, White House/Black Market, Eileen Fisher, Giggle, BCBG, The Tasting Room and Tynan’s Coffee. Microsoft recently occupied a large portion of the office building and Capital Source also is one of the lead tenants. Attorney Steve Robins has been lead land use counsel for the development since 1994, shepherding the project from conception to completion.
This Success Story originally appeared in Lerch, Early & Brewer's Legal Update Winter 2010 issue.