EagleBank Provides Financing for Strathmore Square Development in North Bethesda
EagleBank (NASDAQ: EGBN), one of the largest community banks in the Washington, D.C. area, today announced it will provide $94,000,000 in financing to Aimco and Fivesquares Development, LLC to launch the construction of Phase 1 of Strathmore Square in North Bethesda, Maryland. Strathmore Square will feature two LEED Gold, Class A apartment buildings designed by world-renowned architect and dean of the Yale School of Architecture, Deborah Berke Partners, that sit atop a shared podium and underground garage, functioning as one property. Phase 1 will consist of 220 apartment units, 8,900 square feet of cultural and retail offerings, a 1.2-acre public park designed by award-winning landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Jones Landscape Architects, designers of the London Olympic Park and a new, landscaped neighborhood main street. Strathmore Square is located across from the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail Station, at the intersection of Rockville Pike and just north of the Washington D.C. beltway. The project is being developed in partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA).
The unique architecture of the buildings features elegantly terraced buildings with the majority of units having generous balconies and views of Rock Creek Park or the new central square. Building 1 will be a nine-story structure with 49 units and Building 2 will be a ten-story structure with 171 units. The property will feature modern amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center with on-demand virtual classes, interior and exterior filtered water stations, coworking spaces, a private dining room, a spa room, a pet grooming area, a residential lounge, and more. Of these units, 15 percent will be reserved for tenants earning between 50-70 percent of the area median income.
Over time, Strathmore Square will include future phases and will become a community of over 2,100 housing units and an exemplar of inclusive transit-oriented community centered on the arts, culture, nature and healthy, sustainable living. Adjacent to the renowned Strathmore Music Center and Rock Creek Park and located at the center of Montgomery County’s growth corridor, Strathmore Square is one of the region and Montgomery County’s largest sites to support the achievement of regional housing and climate change goals.
“North Bethesda is a vibrant, fast-growing community with a rich culture,” said Ryan Riel, Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Lending Officer at EagleBank. “We are grateful for the opportunity to expand our territory in one of Maryland’s most sought-after neighborhoods as we fulfill our mission of bringing compelling service and value to the businesses and communities we serve.”
The transaction was facilitated by EagleBank’s experienced Commercial Real Estate Lending team, Scott Emmer, 1st SVP and CRE Market Executive, and Richard Koller, VP and Portfolio Manager.
“Creating a brand-new transit-oriented arts community built on more than thirty years of aspirational regional planning is immensely exciting for our native DC development team. The hyper-place-based focus and determination of the many members of the team, led by our partners at Fivesquares, has resulted in a unique showcase of what community developers, local institutions, public planners, and committed investors can accomplish when working towards the same ambitious goal,” commented Matt Hopkins, Regional Vice-President of Development for Aimco.
“The groundbreaking of the first phase of Strathmore Square marks the transformation of a parking lot into a vibrant community centered on arts, culture, open space and active living—a community with a soul that will be brought to life by our partnership with adjacent Strathmore Music Center. The first 220-unit building and 1.2-acre public park, is the result of seven years of effort and the coming together of the local community, WMATA, the County Council, Strathmore Music Center and our investors, Eagle Bank, Aimco, Amazon and Eagle Bank,” said Andy Altman, Principal and Co-founder of Fivesquares Development.