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Development proposed for Frederick's east side would include retail, dining, gas station

David Severn Quoted in the Frederick News Post


The developer responsible for regional retail projects including National Harbor, the RIO Washingtonian Center in Montgomery County and Dulles Discovery in Virginia is eyeing property on Frederick’s east side to add to its portfolio.

Frederick Corner — or Bluegrass, as Virginia-based developer Peterson Cos. refers to it on its website — is tentatively slated to go on roughly 14 acres at Monocacy Boulevard and South East Street.

According to the plans, the development will include 90,000 square feet of retail space, fast-casual restaurants and a gas station. Peterson’s website projects a 2018 groundbreaking and 2019 grand opening.

But before all that can happen, a rezoning is needed on the property, which is positioned on the edge of the Frederick Brick Works property.

The land is zoned heavy industrial, which was appropriate given its proximity to the Brick Works site and other industrial development at the time of the original zoning. But with the changing economic outlook of the property, potential developers and consultants hope to get about 16.5 acres rezoned general commercial to pave the way for the Frederick Corner project.

“If you’re at all familiar with this site, it’s an industrial wasteland if there ever was one. It’s heavy, heavy industrial,” Dave Severn, a land-use attorney representing the developer, said at a Neighborhood Advisory Council 11 meeting Tuesday.

“Now that the city has invested a lot of money in improvements to Monocacy Boulevard, we are really excited that Peterson Companies has bought the property,” he said. “They have done some great things throughout the region. It’s a really strong company, and I think they’d do a great job at this location.”

Severn, along with David Lingg, the president of Lingg Property Consulting, and Jon Peterson, principal of Peterson Cos., attended Tuesday’s meeting to promote the project. They framed the development as a gateway into a new and improved east Frederick.

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ABOUT DAVID SEVERN | 240.772.5114

David A. Severn has been practicing law in Frederick MD, since 1980 and focuses his practice on land use, development and real estate. He represents clients in all aspects of the zoning and land use process appearing regularly before planning commissions, boards of appeal and legislative bodies of Frederick County, Washington County and their municipalities. He has served as lead counsel in numerous large and complex development projects including “Carroll Creek Park” a mixed use, public-private partnership re-development project in historic downtown Frederick modeled on River Walk in San Antonio, “Frederick Crossing”, the first large mixed use commercial retail/employment center in Frederick County and the redevelopment of the Frederick Towne Mall. David also works for the public sector in serving as legal counsel to the Town of Walkersville, the City of Brunswick, Frederick County and Washington County Public Schools for real estate and land use matters.


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