Massive Glenmont project on drawing board

Wemple Corners would be bigger than Glassworks Village

A large proposed development at the intersection of Wemple Road and Route 9W in Glenmont would hold over 500 homes and apartments, as well as over 120,000 square feet of various commercial spaces.

Dubbed Wemple Corners, developer Boswell Engineering last brought plans before the town's Development Planning Committee in March. The body is a conglomeration of representatives from different town departments that informally discuss projects with developers before the actual review process gets underway.

Director of Economic Development and Planning Michael Morelli said the applicant was sent away from that meeting with suggestions.

No formal applications been received, he said.

Councilman Kyle Kotary said while he's aware of the project, it remains in the most basic stages of planning.

"We've heard of numerous concepts, ideas or intended proposals for the Wemple, 9W corridor, none of which have come to fruition at this point," Kotary said. "It's a bit premature at this point to discuss anything without a formal, written proposal made to the town."

Calls to Boswell Engineering were not returned.

The preliminary design shown in March called for a massive, self-contained, hamlet-type community with a diverse and plentiful array of housing options: 136 single-family homes, 28 twin homes, 200 senior apartments and 180 other apartments.

The developer's 151 acres spread out from three corners of the intersection; the northwest corner has a different owner. The developer has proposed to change the intersection to a roundabout.

Wemple Corners' homes would be available at a variety of price points and the community would contain 4 or 5 pocket parks, 2 miles of walking trails and a clubhouse.

Retail would be broken between roughly equal amounts of "neighborhood" and "commercial" retail, with room for a drugstore, gas station and bank also blocked out. By means of comparison, the 200,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter up the road is about 80,000 square feet larger than the combined total of the proposed retail space.

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