The following provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Main Street. If you can’t find an answer to your question, please complete our contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
What is Main Street?
Main Street is an inclusive, community-centered residential development in which 25% of the apartments are designed and designated for adults with disabilities. 75% of the apartments in the Main Street building, including all of those designated for people with disabilities, will be affordable, which means they will rent for well below market rates.
When will Main Street open?
The building is currently under construction and will open in mid-2020.
Where will Main Street be located?
Main Street will be 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.
How many apartments will Main Street have?
Main Street will have 70 apartments including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units; 18 of the apartments will be designed and designated for adults with disabilities, which means they will include additional accessibility and safety features.
Will units at Main Street be for sale or for rent?
All the units at Main Street will be rentals.
What will the community center at Main Street include?
The 10,000-square-foot ground floor of the Main Street building will be a community center with a wellness center, teaching kitchen, multimedia room, cyber lounge and classroom. In this space, Main Street will offer a wide range of educational, recreational and therapeutic activities for residents and non-residents who join as members. There will also be a coffee shop, open to the public, that will employ people with and without disabilities.
Will the apartments have washers and dryers?
Yes, all of the apartments at Main Street will have washers and dryers.
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. Assistance may include ensuring that a resident gets up for work on time, providing medication reminders, encouraging participation in community activities, etc. Residents needing additional services or health care may bring their supports with them to Main Street.
How do I apply to live at Main Street?
We have not yet determined the specific criteria that residents will need to meet or started accepting applications. We do expect that there will be high demand for the apartments. When we are ready to accept applications, they will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis. Those who are not able to live at Main Street may participate in the dynamic programming at Main Street by being a member.
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.
How can I stay updated on the progress of Main Street?
The best way to stay updated on Main Street is to become a member. Members receive all of our communications and are invited to member events such as baseball games, bowling, picnics, pool parties, yoga classes, educational workshops and professional networking events. We are able to waive the membership fee in cases of financial need.
How can I support Main Street?
Please visit our Join Us page to learn ways to get involved and to support the Main Street movement!
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. Questions may be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, 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.