More than 300 new apartments units are under construction in downtown Silver Spring on the site of the former Second Avenue Post Office. Fenwick Station, a project of Arlington, VA-based Insight Property Group and Chevy Chase-based Nova-Habitat, broke ground Tuesday with the promise of a six-story, 310 unit environmentally efficient building in the middle of downtown Silver Spring. Thirty-nine apartments will be affordable units.
Patch reported last February that an apartment complex would replace the post office, which was shuttered amid a flurry of proposed postal service cutbacks in 2011.
Fenwick Station, at 8616 Second Ave., two blocks from Silver Spring's metrorail station, is being touted as a just the type of construction Montgomery County wants.
"This new development is a direct result of the county’s encouragement of site development of projects with access to public transportation," said Steve Silverman, the county's economic development chief.
The apartment is heavy on green features—a public space with benches and a water fountain for bikers; its own Capital Bikeshare station, and a walking and biking trail that will ultimately connect to the planned Capital Crescent Trail.
Construction for Fenwick Station is expected to take about 20 months. Leasing for units will begin in late summer 2014.