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gemcsren Town Cs Das Sey oan Coe Beige omg TOWN CENTER DESIGN CONCEPT The initial community workshop of the Germanlown Town Canter De- sign Study was structured 10 goin an understanding of tha community's perception of the future Town Ceres. During group discussions the fol- lowing questions wore asked: Those places that were identified os having the feel de- ined of Town Conder ranged from a smell dawn in Ohio i George- town, Washington, B.C. Most often mentioned was tha New England villoge. A number of places were alzo suggested thet relate to mein stroat concepts, These inckided the Franch Quarter in New Or- jeans, and ta main streets of Annapolis, Georgetown, ond the recently developed Forrestal Vinge (outside of Princeton, New Jersey). ‘Also suggested were Central and Battery Forks in New York, Atvibutes that were identified as the most important in de- scribing these places included: village center main street unifying central space 8 sone of community overall sense of place intimate ‘eel padestrion orientation visual focus consistent streetscape architectural charactor Specific characteristics thal were identified for incorpara- ‘len into the Germantown Town Center included the fallewing: 1 The Town Cantar iz to include @ bolancad mix of usar ond 40 include facilities for cultural, reersatianal, nnd Iaisura amenities. Ji shauld includ @ community building to be centrally located and a fecal point 1 The visual focus should be o7 the open spaces. 1 In addition fo parkland, open space should alte include paved areas fer pedestrain gathering, at. 1 Town Cenler is lo be pecksticn-oriented, COMMUNITY WORKSHOF DESIRABLE PLACES ATTRIBUTES spin ? oar Contr Disp Cais Granpaw Catan Se TOWN CENTER VISION It Parking should be screened and behind the bi the buildings and the street). Buildings are to range from lowe 10 mid-rise in height, with higher builcings in the canter. The Main Street should be pedestricn in scale. 1 Overall, the Tom Center should have a common theme, 1B Architecture! qualty ond charecier are essential to the suceass of the Town Center. ings (not between ‘The vision pe‘ceived for the Germantown Town Center is that of a tra ditional dowrtown. The design of the Town Center proposes 10 reflect she tradifional urban orchitacture of the mid-Allantic region and, os Roger K. Lewis stated in his Washington Post article on Shaping the Ci, amulate Townscaps characteristics of historic communities whesa physical orgonizotion, streets and public spaces, bullding form, usage,and landscaping seem so compelling. These commu- rities provide a model for the Town Genter thal most closely resembles the atiribvies zoughi by tha community and the Master Plan; ane that appsor: jo address tha camman thama and archilechiral chareetar de- sired. ‘The following design conwantions thet were identified by Roger Lawis* are descriplive of the design choracler and feel desired for the Tewn Canter. Thay include: DOMINANT CENTER . . . defined by the crassing of to cin streets lined by shops, stores, offices, ond residenc#s. Linked fo this commercial cross-roads is the requisite New England green or common, surtounded by public streets and sidewalks. .. EDGES. The. . . transition fram rural (or Suburban] te urban land - « pereaivabla. . . thare is © streng senso of arval in the town. I STREETS. Steets are shared equally by ovtomobiles and pedestticns. Curbside parking - . . is usuolly aveilable adjccant fo sidewalks on both sides cf the street Generally there are no large parking lots be- tween sidewalks and buildings. Town plan is a typical grid pattern of streats ond blocks, but the grid - shifis fo accommodate fepographic end other natural conditions or to reflect(existing development), . .. ownership and use, Streets ore not all the some size. The principal streets are several lanes wide, but ... narrower residential streets ore still wide enough fo cccommodate on-street parking. TREES. Evary street is lined along its sidewolks by deciduous trees, sometimes irregularly spaced. The lown green is likewise repiete with ‘tees. Trees offen dominate architecure as they form colonnades nates and canopies enveloping the slreetscape and poriclly screen the volumes end facades of the iewn's two- to four-story buildings. * Roger K Laws, Timmiess sign in New Stardarc| The Weskington Post, Aypus! 23, 1990. ‘apes: (erm i ant Deagn So os Cet Doig Coct 1 IN-BETWEEN, The space between sidewalks and buildings is eriical in Forming the image of a community... it is the development, long with the dimension, of the strip of landscope betweon side- wolks and buildings thaf matters. ‘A symbolic relationship exists between stroct, sidewalk, front yard, and buildings. . I MOVEMENT. (Athough an automobile may ba needed to eccess town .. . to cross town quickly, to transport goods, ... walking is © feasible option, expecially for socializing and shopping. Ample sidewalks, other pedesirians, shellesing tress, flowering vege: fofion, interesting facade details, and inviting storefronts make walk- ing 6 pleasant experience... 4. OFF-STREET PARKING, . .. porking lofe .. . are namnally behind or alongside buildings, hrcked away within blocks. The design fremework that is proposed for the Germaniown Town Cen- DESIGN FRAMEWORK ter resus from o synthosis af tho Mester Plan, tha Town Center Plan- ning ond Design Context, ond the atiributes ane! vision thot has been identified ‘A surumosy of the proposed elements that constitute the recommended overall design choracler include: 1. on urban character 1 buildings facing on sircets 1 perking lots behind buildings (in courlyardis; nol between the build ing and sree!) 1 parallel parking on secondary streets 1 building heights to a maximum of seven stories {excepting the hota! ‘ond the high-rise residential towers} 1 ¢ pedestfan-orlented Main Sireel af o consistent character (from Middlebrook to Crystal Rock) 1 Moin Street to be @ mbed use street of spacialty retell and entertain: ment, offices, and residential 1 commercial office and/or mutti-family residential uses on D-718. € mulf-forniy residential uses adioining the existing residentiol devel- ‘opment to the north (of both TC-1 and TC-5] the developmant program proposed fn the Master Plan | distinctive and idenfificble gnleways af the major enlrancas 10 the Town Center and the entrances #9 the Town Cenler Core (TC-1) ond the TC-5 retail center 1a landmark to identify Germantown, fo be centrally located within the Town Center Core (TCI) 1 mojor, idanifeal or related, and highly vieible identiying elements ct both the MARC Commuter Rail and Town Center Trensit Stations 1 consistent signoge at the entronces to TC-1, 2, 3, end 5 develop- ments ‘Soe ra