Last week, we reported that Brentwood, Tenn.-based GBT Realty submitted plans to the county to expand Ellsworth Place in downtown Silver Spring by adding residential space on top of the building. The project aims to include about 425,593 square feet of residential space on 91,248 square feet of available land. The building is within the zoning area designated by the Silver Spring Downtown & Adjacent Communities Plan, which the County Council approved last year.
According to presentation slides posted online ahead of the virtual community meeting on Wednesday, the current zoning allows for proposed plans that feature a building height of approximately 300 feet, integrating the existing retail mall. The plans also include up to 450 multifamily units, which will incorporate county-mandated moderately-priced dwelling units (MPDUs), as well as rooftop amenities including a pool.
The public is invited to participate in a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, November 15 at 7 p.m.
“GBT Realty Corporation, owner of Ellsworth Place in Silver Spring, is seeking to modify the existing entitlements on the Ellsworth Place air rights from office to residential use in an effort to better align with Montgomery County’s Thrive 2050 framework,” a GBT Realty Corp. representative said in a statement to the Source last week. “Prior to GBT submitting a Sketch Plan Application outlining the redevelopment plans, the first step of this multi-step process; a community meeting to collect input is required.”
GBT Realty purchased Ellsworth Place from the previous owners, Petri Richardson Ventures, for $92 million in 2018, which also granted them permission to construct additional space on top of the mall (video below). The mall has recently welcomed new tenants such as Outback Steakhouse and the Commas food hall, both anticipated to open in the coming months.