Working with the Community
We are in the beginning stages of a multi-year long approval process. EYA has a long history of partnering with local residents as we build new communities. We look forward to working with Takoma, D.C. and Takoma Park residents as we move through the process and refine our plans. Check back often for updates about community meetings, events, and other ways to learn more about the project.
Recap: Community Workshop – September 13, 2014
EYA hosted a community workshop for Takoma, D.C. and Takoma Park residents to share preliminary design plans for our proposed residential community at the Takoma Metro station site. The goal of this workshop was to allow attendees to speak with and hear from members of EYA’s design team and provide feedback on various aspects of the development plan. Community members had a chance to participate in four breakout sessions: Development Process & Schedule, Building Design, Access & Circulation, and Village Green- Public Space.
A few of the highlights from the breakout sessions are included below. Click on each session name to view a summary of everything that was discussed during each session.
- Share a timeline of the development process – including WMATA decision and PUD process
- Include Maryland residents in the process
- Reduce the height of the building
- Preserve green space buffer between building in the garden apartments
- Consider underground parking garage
- Make the park a space for community events
- Determine who will control programming of the space (i.e. community committee)
- Include benches and native landscaping in the design
- Conduct a traffic study that includes pipeline developments
- Accommodate pedestrians walking/biking along Eastern Avenue
- Maintain existing number of WMATA parking spaces
We made several significant changes to our preliminary concept plan based on feedback we received from community members during these workshop sessions. You can read more about the updated plans and view the full list of changes here.