The following provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Main Street. If you have additional questions about Main Street membership, please complete the Main Street Connect contact form. If you have questions about the apartments at Main Street, please visit LivingAtMainStreet.com.
What is Main Street?
Main Street is a nonprofit organization committed to creating dynamic opportunities through affordable, inclusive housing and community engagement for people of all abilities. The Main Street apartment building offers 75% of its units as affordable housing, with 25% of those being designated for people with disabilities. The 10,000 square-foot community center located on the ground floor of Main Street will serve as the hub of activity for resident and non-resident members. A robust schedule of programs will offer opportunities six days a week and cover a wide range of interests – including social, recreational, educational, wellness and cultural.
Soulfull Cafe, a coffee shop and partnership between Dawson’s Market and Main Street, is located at the front of the Main Street building and open to the public. It will provide an opportunity for employment to people with and without disabilities.
When will Main Street open?
Main Street will open its doors to residents in the summer 2020. Main Street membership will launch in early fall 2020.
Where will Main Street be located?
Main Street is located at 50 Monroe Place in Rockville, Maryland – 500 feet from the Rockville Metro station and bus transportation and near all the amenities of Rockville Town Center including restaurants, shops, a theater, a library, free events in Rockville Town Square and more.
Main Street Apartments
How many apartments does Main Street have?
Main Street has 70 apartments including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units; 17 of the apartments are designated for adults with disabilities.
Will units at Main Street be for sale or for rent?
All the units at Main Street will be rentals.
How do I apply to live at Main Street?
Hercules Living is the management company that will lease and operate the apartments at Main Street. Detailed information about the apartments and the building can be found on their website here. A wait list will be maintained by Hercules Living for all future availability. It is not necessary to be a resident to become a Main Street member.
What kind of supports will be available for residents?
Main Street will not be an approved service provider through the State of Maryland. We will have staff who may be hired to assist residents with certain tasks on a fee-for-service basis. Residents needing additional services or health care may bring their supports with them to Main Street.
Will Main Street members receive priority to rent an apartment at Main Street?
No. About 75% of Main Street apartments will be affordable, thanks to the low income housing tax credits granted to the project by the State of Maryland. The regulations governing those tax credits, in addition to fair housing laws, do not allow for Main Street members to receive priority in the selection of apartments.
Will Main Street help applicants or residents find a roommate?
Main Street will not be responsible for finding roommates for residents. We do have an e-mail list available to enable members to connect with one another and this may be used by those looking for roommates. To subscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive an e-mail from Yahoo asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe. Follow the instructions in the e-mail to confirm your request. Main Street will then approve your request and, once approved, you may contact those on the list by sending an e-mail to MainStreetMemberConnect@yahoogroups.com.
In the affordable units at Main Street, all household members must be qualified through the full application process. So, applicants should apply together if they are going to move in together. While it is possible for a new roommate to apply to join an existing household, it’s much more complicated than just having them apply together in the first place.
Getting Involved with Main Street
How can I become a member of Main Street?
Both residents and non-residents are eligible for Main Street membership. An innovative Virtual Summer Membership will launch in June 2020 with a robust schedule of programming. When the Main Street building opens and our community center is accessible, new membership plans will launch with different options available. Watch our Main Street communications and the Main Street website for dates for membership enrollment to begin.
Starting a Community Like Main Street
How can I get information about starting a community like Main Street in another location?
We want the Main Street model to spread far and wide and are happy to provide guidance to those who wish to start a similar community in another location. On May 1, 2019, Main Street hosted a webinar on “The Development of Main Street: Ideas for Those Who Want to Start an Inclusive Housing Community”. In the webinar, Main Street Founder Jillian Copeland and Scott Copeland of RST Development addressed the steps taken to create Main Street and ideas for replication in other areas. Click here to view a recording of the webinar. Additional requests for information and guidance may be sent through our Contact page.