BKV Group is working with Artspace, Montgomery County, and the Montgomery Housing Partnership to develop the former Third District Police Station on Sligo Avenue into an arts center anchored by affordable live/work housing. The new project will be located just north of the heart of Washington, DC, in Silver Spring. Over recent years, the area has become a major business hub and hosts several multi-cultural festivals as well as a growing arts community.
The former station, built in 1962, was Silver Spring’s first permanent police station and will be converted into working artist studios and creative spaces. The redevelopment will provide opportunities for the area’s creative artists and organizations eager to find affordable work space within the DC Metro area.
In addition to the redevelopment of the existing building into artist studios, the proposed development also includes construction of 68 affordable live/work units. The plan also includes 11 townhouses, and more than 17,400 square feet of commercial space. The housing units will be priced for households earning between 30 percent and 60 percent of the area’s median income. This project will create a strong anchor and transitional connection between the business district and residential neighborhoods.
The site plan responds to the sensitivity of the neighborhood while providing vital opportunities for job growth, affordable rental and for-sale housing, and support for the local creative economy. The project is set to break ground in the fall of 2018.