Whole Foods to anchor Towson Row

NEWS   |   May 2, 2019

Towson, MD

Whole Foods Towson Row

Grocery store Whole Foods will anchor Towson Row, a $350 million development in Towson’s core, developer Greenberg Gibbons announced Tuesday morning.

The 45,000-square-foot organic grocery store on the corner of York Road and Towsontown Boulevard will feature two levels of parking, a mezzanine and outdoor dining area overlooking the development’s plaza, according to a press release.

County councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, called the addition of Whole Foods an “exciting milestone in the revitalization of Towson.”

“We know from experience that Whole Foods attracts premier retailers and restaurants, and a strong anchor is essential to creating a welcoming and active urban project that invites the community to come together,” said Brian Gibbons, chairman and CEO of Greenberg Gibbons, in the press release.

Construction on Towson Row, which will make up 1.2 million square feet of retail, housing and hotel space, broke ground last June after a years-long delay.

Originally launched by developer Caves Valley Partners in 2013, Greenberg Gibbons was brought in and the County Council approved a $42.9 million financial assistance package to get the project off the ground.

Whole Foods was originally announced as Towson Row’s anchor tenant, but by 2017, when the county was considering the assistance package, Greenberg Gibbons told reporters nothing had been finalized.

Construction on Whole Foods is expected to begin this winter and be completed by summer 2021, according to the press release.

It will be the Towson area’s first Whole Foods, with the nearest open location in Mt. Washington in Baltimore.

DESIGN BRIEF | April 2019

The Evolution of Residential Design

MV+A has been involved in mixed-use residential design for the past two decades, with projects that have evolved with market changes and respond to the specific conditions of the site and program. This month our Design Brief presents a timeline of a few examples that are completed, under construction, and on the boards.

1700 Duke, Alexandria, VA | completed 2006

Residential design WFM | Old Town, Alexandria, VA
WFM | Old Town, Alexandria, VA

This 175,000-square-foot project serves as a gateway to new mixed-use developments west of Old Town Alexandria. As a Planned Unit Development (PUD), the project required a rigorous approval process by the Alexandria Board of Architectural Review. On the first floor is a 42,000‑square‑foot Whole Foods Market along with a 3,000-square-foot residential lobby. Above are three levels of 116 luxury condominiums with a fitness center and a 10,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard.

Northgate, Falls Church, VA | completed 2007

Northgate | Falls Church, VA
Northgate | Falls Church, VA

The design of this mixed-use project reinforces the strong urban architecture of the nearby Washington Street façades. The 300,000-square-foot project is an infill development that takes advantage of the allowable density and proximity to major commercial centers. The building mass was broken into varied volumes to compensate for the steep sloping site and to reduce the impact on adjoining properties.

77 H, Washington, DC | completed 2013

77 H Street | Washington, DC
77 H Street | Washington, DC

77 H is a true vertically integrated mixed-use building with two stories of retail and four stories of apartments located a few blocks from the United States Capitol, acting as a much-needed link between the two extant retail districts of H Street, NE and Gallery Place/Chinatown. By working with the site’s topography and solving the problem of a large retailer in an urban building, MV+A activated the streetscape along H Street and created 303 apartments on four levels above the urban-format Walmart on the second floor.

Atherton Mill, Charlotte, NC | completion 2019

Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC
Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC

MV+A has designed a mixed-use retail and residential project on an 8.4-acre site in Charlotte, North Carolina that relates to the historic Atherton Mill located just north of the site. While the façade facing the mill building borrows from the traditional architecture of the mill, the façade along South Boulevard utilizes a more contemporary interpretation with a weaving pattern of vertical red brick piers and horizontal dark brick bands. The new mixed-use residential and retail project at Atherton in Charlotte provides an opportunity to blend modern and traditional styles to create a lively mixed-use community.

Riverdale Park Building 5, Riverdale Park, MD completion 2020

Riverdale Park Station | Riverdale, MD
Riverdale Park Station | Riverdale, MD

MV+A has designed a mixed-use retail and residential project on an 8.4-acre site in Charlotte, North Carolina that relates to the historic Atherton Mill located just north of the site. While the façade facing the mill building borrows from the traditional architecture of the mill, the façade along South Boulevard utilizes a more contemporary interpretation with a weaving pattern of vertical red brick piers and horizontal dark brick bands. The new mixed-use residential and retail project at Atherton in Charlotte provides an opportunity to blend modern and traditional styles to create a lively mixed-use community.

Faraday Park West & East, Reston, VA completion 2020

Michael Faraday | Wiehle Reston Station, VA
Michael Faraday | Wiehle Reston Station, VA

Faraday Park is a redevelopment of a seven-acre site just east of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, on the Silver Line. The once low-density enclave of small office buildings is being transformed into a walkable community featuring a new grid of streets and a denser mix of uses, including two seven-story rental apartment buildings containing 408 units and ground floor retail, as well as twenty-six townhouses arranged around a network of public parks. The architecture establishes a grand commercial statement for the anticipated restaurants and shops, and then transitions to a quieter residential character for the garden façade which are articulated with small projecting bays facing the townhouses to create similar scaled elements between the seven-story apartments and the four-story townhomes.

Halley Rise Phase 1, Reston, VA completion 2021

Wegmans Block F Halley Rise | Reston, VA
Wegmans Block F Halley Rise | Reston, VA

Faraday Park is a redevelopment of a seven-acre site just east of the Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station, on the Silver Line. The once low-density enclave of small office buildings is being transformed into a walkable community featuring a new grid of streets and a denser mix of uses, including two seven-story rental apartment buildings containing 408 units and ground floor retail, as well as twenty-six townhouses arranged around a network of public parks. The architecture establishes a grand commercial statement for the anticipated restaurants and shops, and then transitions to a quieter residential character for the garden façade which are articulated with small projecting bays facing the townhouses to create similar scaled elements between the seven-story apartments and the four-story townhomes.

ULI Real Estate Trends Conference

Come visit MV+A’s Brian Szymanski and Russell Zung on Tuesday, April 30th at the ULI Real Estate Trends conference held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center from 8AM to 6PM. This year’s conference focuses on Urban Innovation, and MV+A will be set up in the center of the exhibit hall at the foot of the grand staircase.

2016 Rodin Square | Philadelphia, PA
Rodin Square, Philadelphia, PA, Winner of the Urban Land institute Award for Excellence 2017

Reston, VA

MV+A is designing the master plan for a 36‑acre parcel adjacent to the Reston Town Center Metro station. In July of this year the plan received unanimous approval from the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The Board approved the Conceptual Development Plan for all 36 acres and Final Development Plan for Block F, the first phase of a grocery anchored project with over 350 stick‑built apartments above. The overall program includes 1.9 million square feet of office, 1,630 residential units, a 200‑key hotel, and 300,000 square feet of retail and entertainment including an 80,000‑square‑foot grocery. Using color, texture, and form to delineate different functions, the design team developed a simplified language for the building that will integrate with the overall progressive nature of the architecture planned for the development.

October 2019
Wegmans Block F Halley Rise | Reston, VA
Wegmans Block F Halley Rise | Reston, VA
Wegmans Block F Halley Rise | Reston, VAHalley Rise | Reston, VA
Closeup view of retail plaza.
Wegmans Block F Halley Rise | Reston, VA
View of Wegmans entry from Block C.
Wegmans Block F Halley Rise | Reston, VA
Night view showing the three levels of Wegmans.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Within Charlotte’s mix of 1920’s to modern architecture, the six buildings of the new Atherton Mill development cohesively embody the variety of architectural identities composing the city’s downtown. Filling in a much-needed retail core the city lacks, the master plan and building designs blend together structures with pedestrian pathways that establish a centralized and urban-feeling sense of community. In collaboration with Architect of Record, Axiom Architecture, MV+A was brought into the project for our expertise in retail, urban planning and contextual architectural design.

MAY 2019
Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC
Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC
Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC
Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC
Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC
Atherton Mill | Charlotte, NC
DECEMBER 2018
OCTOBER 2018

Washington, DC

MV+A is working with developers Jair Lynch and MacFarlane Partners as the architect for the two – and three‑story retail base of a mixed‑use development located at Half and N Streets SE in Washington, DC. The project will house shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues across N Street from the main entrance to Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals. The 75,000 square feet of retail is designed to create a lively, pedestrian‑oriented destination that serves as a gateway to the ballpark and the Anacostia River beyond.

MV+A is involved in numerous projects as the Retail Architect, assisting with the design and planning of the retail environment from storefront design to signage guidelines.

October 2019
Half N Street | Washington, DC
Landmark corner of Half and N Street showing residences above retail.
Half N Street | Washington, DC
View towards ballpark with two story retail along Half Street.
Half N Street | Washington, DC
The Half Street development in Southwest Washington, D.C, as seen from Nats Park; MV+A collaborated with the Architect of Record – Hord Coplan Macht on the design and planning of the Retail.