The Crown Farm is a large scale transit-oriented, mixed-use development. This project has been a priority for the City since its annexation in 2006. The original developers for the Crown Farm went into bankruptcy during the recession and the project was stopped. The project was purchased out of bankruptcy in January of 2010. The current owners, VII Crown Farm Owner, LLC, submitted a revised sketch plan application, Z-315, and a Second Amendment to the X-182 Annexation Agreement that were both approved December 6, 2010.
The sketch plan and agreement established a mix of uses including 2,250 residential units in a variety of dwelling unit types and up to 320,000 square feet of commercial/retail development, divided among six Neighborhoods. Two of the Neighborhoods would have neither housing nor commercial components; one is a potential future Montgomery County school site (Neighborhood 6) and the other (Neighborhood 4), a City park. Following the sketch plan approval, work began in earnest in Neighborhoods 1 & 2, with construction commencing in 2013.
For information related to homes, commercial tenants, and latest goings on at Crown, the Developers have created a website: www.smarturbanliving.com.
Application ASDP-8379-2019 has been filed requesting Amendment to Schematic Development Plan approval to convert 23 previously approved single family homes to 34 twenty-four foot townhouses. The townhouses will be located along Morrison Drive & Crown Park Avenue. The conversion will include the construction of a new alley entrance along Morrison Drive and increases the size of the neighborhood park, which is bounded by Morrison Drive, Rockwell Drive & Rubens Lane. The amendment will increase the total number of units in Neighborhood Three from 429 units to 440 units. Crown Neighborhood Three is located south of Fields Road & east of Decoverly Drive.
A public hearing with the Planning Commission was held on March 18, 2020. The record for this application will held open until April 8 at 5 pm. Comments on this application may either be mailed to: 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Planning Commission will hold a final action on this application on April 15 via a remote meeting.