This project required entitlement through the public process for an outlet mall site. Entitlement had to be completed via 4 separate plans, rezoning application, a conceptual site plan, a preliminary plan, and a detailed site plan all without having final architecture or tenants. The project timeline required this to be completed in an abbreviated schedule, which given the complexity of the project, posed a challenge.
The Soltesz Solution
To ease the scheduling concern and to preemptively avoid any review delays, Soltesz arranged a meeting with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (MNCP&PC) prior to project kick-off to discuss submitting multiple plans simultaneously so that reviews happened concurrently rather than the traditional and mandated linear fashion. This was agreed to by the review authority and saved a minimum of four months of review process time. In addition, since space was not fully leased, it was impossible to provide architecture. Thus to stay on schedule and to maintain complete flexibility, Soltesz negotiated a generic architecture submittal that showed the intended “look and feel”. This created the need for a flexible building permit review process as well which Soltesz helped to navigate saving time and money for the client. Soltesz’s ability to understand the client’s vision and to be flexible and creative in their approach led to the team’s development of effective solutions and overall project success.