The first phase of Black Hill in Germantown, designed by Baltimore’s Hord Coplan Macht, is a 355-unit residential community, Black Hill Apartments. The first phase of residential development for the 171-acre Black Hill community will set the tone for the character of the entire mixed-use development. Hord Coplan Macht will eventually build 649 total units, focused along a central green space and organized by a gridded street network. The 4- story buildings have integral garages and will each be adjacent to public green spaces.
The landscape design features a rolling set of lawns, corner parks and a set of perimeter trails that connect with the Black Hill Regional Park and the Seneca Creek.
The project will feature contemporary, open floor plans, streamlined kitchens, fitness center, multiple play areas, picnic facilities, a bocce courtyard, a clubhouse, outdoor pool and exercise lawn.
“Black Hill will offer a vibrant sense of place in an easily accessible natural setting; our future residents will appreciate the many fine details that have been included in our new community,” Mark Lerner, Lerner principal (and principal owner of the Washington Nationals), said in a statement.
Lerner Enterprises is a company owned by Ted Lerner and his family that develops and invests in real estate in the Washington metropolitan area. The company has developed more than 20 million square feet of real estate. Lerner Enterprises has developed Dulles Town Center, the White Flint Mall and Tysons II, among many other projects.
Germantown, Maryland is an urban census-designated area located 26 miles north of Washington, D.C. It is the farthest city north of Montgomery County’s commercial centers and is the youngest in terms of commercial development. Laid out as a corridor city by Montgomery County, the area encompasses six square miles bounded to the north by Little Seneca Lake and to the south by Great Seneca Creek.
The area is primarily supported by professional, scientific, and technical services as well as healthcare and social assistance. It is the fastest growing area in Montgomery County and is the third-most populous area in Maryland. Unemployment stands at 4.7% and job growth is expected to increase by 36.1% in the next 10 years. Montgomery County has become a hotbed of biotech activity with the draw of the I-270 tech corridor. Over 370 bioscience companies call I-270 home. Local and state economic development partnerships are bolstering the area and setting it up to become a top three biotech hub by 2023.