Galvan at Twinbrook (Photos)

galvanThe landscape is changing on Rockville Pike, where demolition is clearing way for Galvan at Twinbrook, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development by The JBG Companies.

Galvan at Twinbrook transforms an underutilized retail center and large surface parking lot at 1800 Rockville Pike into a highly sought after transit-oriented development that developers say is inviting and walkable for both residents and visitors to a new urban-concept Safeway, restaurants and other retail.

A renewal of the Twinbrook area into a dynamic mixed-use neighborhood with its own identity has been underway for years, but with its visible location on Rockville Pike, Galvan is considered the most high-profile project to date.

“Twinbrook really is coming into its own as a thriving destination,” said Rod Lawrence, a JBG partner. “Sometimes forgotten, Twinbrook is experiencing new development—both commercial and residential—that is bringing a renewed sense of community to the area. Convenient to Metro and flush with jobs, Twinbrook is taking on new life—and people are starting to notice.”

Located on the west side of the Twinbrook Metro station, next to the Rockville Hilton, Galvan will feature 356 apartments, 15 percent of which will be dedicated as affordable, paired with 100,000 square feet of street-level retail, including a 63,000 square-foot flagship Safeway with two levels of underground parking. Other retailers will include an Ethan Allen Design Center and sidewalk cafés.

On Bouic and Chapman avenues, the Safeway will be reminiscent of a historic brick warehouse. The residential portion along Rockville Pike will feature more modern architecture.
Designed to promote a walkable and transit-oriented lifestyle, ample sidewalks will provide public connectivity with Rockville Pike and the Metro, which is just 500 feet away. Galvan also features on-site bike share and a bicycle room with bike maintenance center.

Above-ground construction on Galvan will begin early this year. Delivery is expected in 2015.

Work is also underway on The Terano, another JBG mixed-use development, located on the east side of the Metro station. Together with The Alaire, which opened in 2010, they are part of JBG’s 30-acre Twinbrook Station redevelopment surrounding the Metro. When complete, it will comprise about 2-million square feet of mixed-use space.

Twinbrook Station, which is a partnership with WMATA, earned LEED Gold Certification for Neighborhood Development from the U.S. Green Building Council for combining principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the overall design of the entire neighborhood. It was the first LEED-ND community in the Washington region and a model for the country.

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