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Plans Outlined for Adding New Townhomes to Rockville’s King Farm Community

The 65 new homes would bring more affordable options to the neighborhood, application states

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One of the King Farm sites proposed for new townhomes.

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King Farm developers have notified Rockville city officials of their plan to add 65 townhomes to the roughly 400-acre community built on what was once a dairy farm.

The proposal is to build the townhomes, 10 of them affordably priced, on a surface parking lot and an unimproved open area at 1503 Piccard Drive and 801 King Farm Blvd. The developer, King Farm Associates LLC, is designing the townhomes with “contemporary architecture” and rooftop decks, according to a project submission.

The King Farm property was annexed into the city in 1995, and officials shortly thereafter approved plans to develop the site with 3,600 new homes. The community now includes single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartments, and in 2007, city officials granted a request to build two six-story office buildings on one part of the property.

The office buildings were never constructed and, instead, the developer wants to fill the site with the 65 townhomes.

A recent development application pitches the new townhome neighborhood as a “vibrant residential community” that would “respond to market demand and provide a range of homeownership options in the desirable King Farm community.”

As part of the project, the developer has agreed to add a tot lot to Terminus Park. The application also requests permission to provide 12 fewer parking spaces than required by the city zoning ordinance because of the availability of other nearby parking spaces.

The city’s planning staff is scheduled to review the pre-application this month. The developer will also have to submit a formal application before proceeding with the project.

Bethany Rodgers can be reached at bethany.rodgers@bethesdamagazine.com.

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