Fewer cars, more transit
Also within the Washington, D.C., metro area is Pike &
Rose in North Bethesda, Md., a former strip shopping
center transformed into a walkable mixed-use community by Federal Realty Investment Trust.
The development sits on roughly 25 acres, says Mickey
Papillon, CSM, the project’s vice president and general
manager. “If you think about a triangle with the top cut
off, that’s how the project is laid out,” he explains. “In
the bottom part, the longest lengthwise, we’ve built four
blocks that have been completed and open. We have
about 500 residential units, 125,000 square feet of retail
and restaurant space, and then 80,000 square feet of
The residential units are in two buildings and range
from $1,500 to the high $3,000s, depending on size.
One building, called the PerSei, is more than 95 percent occupied, reports Papillon. The second, the Pallas,
is undergoing leaseup but is more than 80 percent leased.
The second phase of construction is underway. It’ll add six
more blocks of development, completed in phases, with
the final sections opening in the first quarter of 2018.
A successful walkable community includes transit-oriented development.
They’ll include another 272 apartments, 99 condos,
a 177-room hotel, and an additional 200,000 square feet
Papillon says the environment for a successful walkable
community isn’t created in a vacuum. “One of the biggest things for us was making sure we were providing
a better quality of life, and top of mind for us was transit-oriented development,” he says. “The corner of our
project is a stone’s throw to a Washington, D.C., metro
Walkable on a broader scale
What’s also notable about today’s trend toward suburban
walkable development is the range of projects underway.
They can be compact and high-density, and they can be
more expansive with pockets of density. They can also be
built from the ground up rather than repurposed from
existing, but tired spaces.
In Henderson, Nev., about 15 miles southeast of Las
Vegas, The Landwell Co. began developing Cadence,
a 2,200-acre mixed-use development in 2014 with a 10-15-
year buildout plan, says Cheryl Persinger, vice president
Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Md.
Residents of Pike & Rose enjoy getting to know
their neighbors at a community pig roast