The following provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Main Street. If you have additional questions about Main Street membership and our soon-to-open community center, 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 an inclusive, community-centered residential development in which 25% of the apartments are 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.
The ground floor of Main Street will be a 10,000-square-foot 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 for non-residents who join as members.
At the front of the Main Street building, there will be a coffee shop, open to the public, that will employ people with and without disabilities.
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.
Main Street Apartments
How many apartments will Main Street have?
Main Street will have 70 apartments including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units; 17 of the apartments will be 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. Details about the apartments are available by visiting LivingAtMainStreet.com.
We expect that there will be high demand for the apartments. Those who are not able to live at Main Street may be a part of the community and participate in our dynamic programming by becoming a member of Main Street’s community center that will be located on the ground floor of the building.
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.
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 to 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 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.
We encourage all who may be interested in membership now or in the future to help us shape our program by completing our membership survey.
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!
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.