SILVER SPRING, MD – Planners, starting work on a new master plan for the East County this fall, are going into the community on Wednesday to solicit ideas and comments for what the plan might encompass.
The plan, called the East County Science Center Master Plan, will encompass the White Oak area east of New Hampshire Avenue and Colesville Road, including the Cherry Hill Road area and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) site. At the June 30 open house, planners want to hear from residents, workers, landowners and anyone interested in the future of eastern Montgomery County as they begin to develop a scope of work for the project.
The plan will create a new vision for the area that features a mixed-use life sciences center building upon the presence of the FDA campus in White Oak. It will address the land use, urban design and transit access issues related to the future growth of the Cherry Hill area. That includes the FDA, the proposed Washington Adventist Hospital, County’s Site 2 (formerly a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission site) and the Percontee property.
At the open house, planners will discuss the upcoming project and solicit input from the community on issues that should be addressed. Residents are asked to drop in anytime between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. to learn about the purpose of the plan, the approximate boundaries of the planning area and proposed study area, demographic research, and the basics of master planning.
After the open house, planners will develop a scope of work that they will present to the Planning Board this fall.
Montgomery County Planning Department
East County Science Center Master Plan Open House
4:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 30 (drop in anytime)
Eastern Montgomery Regional Services Center
3300 Briggs Chaney Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
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