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Seneca Store Rehabilitation- Formerly Poole’s Store

Division: Park Development
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Project Description

The Seneca Store is located at 16315 Old River Road, Poolesville, Maryland 20837 within the Seneca Landing Special Park. The Montgomery County Department of Parks (Parks) is rehabilitating the building and landscape perimeter so the building can be leased to a commercial tenant. The rehabilitation provides a code-compliant and usable condition per code requirements and The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

The project goals are two-fold: to create a working store and a heritage tourism destination.

At the conclusion of the project, the building will have all new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and a one-story 300 square foot rear addition, to accommodate a staff-only restroom and food preparation area.  The basement and attic will be structurally reinforced but by code cannot be occupied. The project also includes installation of a septic system, water treatment equipment, perimeter sidewalks and six (6) parking spaces behind the store.

Visitation

The store is currently closed to the public. The agricultural supply store, an M-NCPPC tenant in the adjacent warehouse, will continue to operate throughout the construction project during normal business hours. The public can still access the Seneca Creek State Park, the Seneca Creek itself, and nearby Seneca Creek Greenway Trail (on Seneca Road east of the creek), from dawn to dusk.

Background

This building has been a general store since 1901. The last proprietors, the Poole family, provided a convenient supply of feed and specialized goods and services to local equestrian, hunting, and farming communities in the Poolesville area and throughout the Agricultural Reserve for more than 40 years. M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks acquired the Seneca Store and adjacent Upton Darby miller’s house in 1976.

Montgomery Parks has researched the history of this wonderful property. More detailed historical information is located on the Seneca Store web page.

Parks, along with constituents in the Agricultural Reserve, the Montgomery Countryside Alliance, and the Audubon Society, sought and obtained a state bond bill from the Maryland General Assembly for the design phase.  In addition, Parks sought and received a grant from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority for historic preservation and heritage-related improvements to the site.  Additional funding is being provided by the Montgomery Parks Capital Improvement Program’s Restoration of Historic Structures fund.

The Maryland Historical Trust holds an easement on the building and regulates changes to the building and site. Thus, the project work has gone through their review and approval at the State Historic Preservation Office. The store is also listed in the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, so all alterations to the exterior and its historic “environmental setting” have been reviewed and approved by the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission.

2001: the Department of Parks completed a reuse Feasibility Study.

Leasing Opportunities

At the conclusion of the rehabilitation project, the store will be made available for lease.  Information about the process for securing a tenant for the store and lease arrangement will be released once construction is complete.

Calendar and Notes

Links to review meeting notes and Planning Board memos are attached to each applicable calendar event.

DATE/TIME DISCUSSION AND MEETING NOTES LOCATION
September 2013 Design phase initiated
Fall 2013 Design phase 30% complete
January 7, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Meeting to solicit public input
– PowerPoint Presentation
Audience questions and responses
– Community feedback
Darnestown Elementary School
All Purpose Room
15030 Turkey Foot Road
Darnestown, MD 20878
Fall 2014 50% design development
April 8, 2015
7:30 pm
Historic Preservation Commission
– Preliminary consultation on-site development work
Montgomery Regional Office
M-NCPPC
Auditorium 
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Spring 2015 50% design submittals
– Maryland Historic Trust
– Historic Preservation Commission
Fall 2015 90% design development (store only)
– Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) review
Fall 2016 100% design development (store only)
– Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) review
November 16, 2016 Historic Preservation Commission
– Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP – store only)
Montgomery Regional Office
M-NCPPC
Auditorium 
8787 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
August 2018 Rehabilitation Project Commences
Construction permits have been issued
– Construction site secured
– Construction has started
Winter 2019 Construction projected to be completed
Spring 2019 Estimate Use and Occupancy approval

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Scott Whipple, Facilities Management Division
Scott.Whipple@MontgomeryParks.org
301-670-8063

Last Updated: September 17, 2018