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Planning Board Approves Site Plan for Future BB&T Bank

BB&T will consolidate three adjacent lots on University Boulevard into two lots.

 

Last week the Montgomery County Planning Board approved the preliminary plan and the site plan for the BB&T development along University Boulevard, across from the Giant.

The plans consolidate the three existing lots into two lots, which will help “preserve the residential character of the neighborhood,” according to senior planner Patrick Butler. A representative for BB&T agreed and told the board that the lot configuration opens the possibility of two different uses for the “next generation of development.”

See the planning department report for more details on the conditions attached to the approval.

A 4,080-square-foot bank, with a detached 4-lane drive-through canopy and 23 parking spaces, will replace the three existing homes in the Kensington View neighborhood.

What do you think? Will the lot consolidation help preserve the residential character of the neighborhood? Tell us in the comments.

Darin Bartram February 23, 2012 at 03:02 AM
"preserve the residential character"? Those of us who have been here a while know those three houses only for the brothel that was once in one of them. (According to police reports!) I suppose that's what one of the "B"s could stand for in BB&T.
ED February 23, 2012 at 03:32 PM
The BB&T project, developed under the Optional Method, does "preserve the residential character" of the neighborhood far better than the strip mall or the branded image Commerce Bank that the property owner's originally wanted. Part of the agreement under the Optional Method was that the building would only be used as a bank. Unfortunately, for those pushing the Kensington Sector Plan, the CRN zone does not have Optional Method, so agreements such as this will not be available and "services of a general commercial nature" will be allowed by-right. The CRT zone has even more allowable uses by-right. As far as the brothels, there were actually four of them in the same house (Massage Therapy, A-One-T, Gorden, Golden - each of them opening after the prior one was shut down) under the guise of a Massage Parlor. Since the last one was shut down on University Blvd., multiple brothels have been found in apartments - you never know where they will show up. As far as Amsterdam, although I've seen them and never used them, it appears the illegal brothels in Montgomery County don't hold a candle to the class and cleanliness required in Amsterdam's legal brothels. For those of you that are unaware, BB&T stands for the Branch Banking and Trust company and has been around for over 100 years.

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