2021 | Development

100-foot-tall research and development building proposed in Rockville

Building is first in larger plan for Darnestown Road

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A rendering of the proposed research and development building in Rockville.

via Montgomery County Planning Board

A 200,000-square-foot, 100-foot-tall building to house research and development companies has been proposed on Darnestown Road in Rockville.

The building would be the first part of a larger plan for the property, at the intersection of Traville Gateway Drive, which includes two additional buildings, according to Montgomery County Planning Board documents.

It would also expand on a research and development campus on an adjacent property, according to Planning Board documents.

The proposed building would be constructed along Darnestown Road. It would be five stories tall.

Ceilings inside would be higher than they’d be for traditional office space to accommodate specialized equipment. that tenants would use, according to the development application.

Documents do not say what companies might occupy the building.

There would be open space and a plaza at the front of the building to “create a pleasant and safe pedestrian environment,” according to Planning Board documents.

There would also be a five-level parking garage with about 560 spaces.

The site is near several RideOn Bus routes. A future Bus Rapid Transit stop is planned about a quarter-mile north of the property.

The Planning Board will consider the application during a meeting on Thursday. Planning Board staff members have recommended approval of the project.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached at caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com