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The Spectrum at Watkins Mill

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The Spectrum at Watkins Mill is a mixed-use development that is located at the corner of Watkins Mill Road & North Frederick Avenue/ MD 355. The development is zoned MXD (Mixed Use Development).

Current Application


The applicant filed Schematic Development Plan application SDP-8198-2019 requesting approval for the construction of a new Royal Farms automobile filling station on Watkins Mill Road & a Starbucks building on Paramount Drive. The plan also includes a 4,000 square foot retail/restaurant/office building on Pad Site B, which is located Spectrum Avenue.

Summary of Previous Approvals

On June 19, 2006, the Mayor & City Council approved Zoning Map Amendment Z-301, which rezoned 40.10 acres, known as Casey East from I-3 (Industrial Office Park) zone to the MXD (Mixed Use Development). The rezoning, effective July 10, 2006, was approved as Ordinance O-05-06. On the same date, the Mayor & City Council also approved Schematic Development Plan SDP-05-003 as Resolution R-65-06. An amendment to the SDP, SDP-07-001 was approved on August 20, 2007 as Resolution R-92-07. The site has received final site plan approval for Phase 1A & 1B and associated infrastructure via applications SP-07-017 and SP-09-004.  The approval was for shifting some commercial density from Phase One to Phase Two and increased the area of the proposed Senior Center from 10,000 square feet to 30,000 square feet. On March 19, 2012, the Mayor & City Council approved Z-301(A)/SDP-11-002, which amended previously approved Sketch Plan Z-301 and Schematic Development Plan SDP-07-001 as Resolution R-19-12 and Ordinance O-2-12. The approval was for 214,810 square feet of mixed use office, restaurant, commercial, service station, senior center/public uses, and 669 multi-family residential units to be built in two phases. The SDP also proposed to modify the previously approved SDP to incorporate an additional 287 multi-family residential units in Phase One and reduce the proposed commercial and retail square footage within the allowances provided under the proposed sketch plan. At the time of SDP approval, the project was approved in two phases, as follows:

Phase 1: Commencement at Approval of the Final Site Plan:

  • 61,710 sf: Mixed Use (retail/restaurant) - Buildings A (retail), B, C (retail and restaurant), D, F, H (retail), M & T
  • 8,000 sf: Mixed Use (office/bank) - Buildings L & S
  • 29,200 sf: Montgomery County Police Station - Building P
  • 30,000 sf: City Senior Center - Building Q
  • 511 Multi-family units - Buildings A, C, H

 Phase 2: Commencement at commencement of Watkins Mill Road Interchange

  • 17,000 sf: Mixed Use(retail/restaurant) - Building K (retail/restaurant) and R (retail)
  • 64,100 sf: Mixed Use (office/bank) - Buildings K & O
  • 4,800 sf: Mixed Use (service station) - Building N
  • 158 Multi-family units Age Restricted - Building R


A joint public hearing for the Schematic Development Plan application was held on Monday, October 21, 2019. The Planning Commission record will be closed at 5 p.m. on November 25, 2019. The Mayor & City Council record will be closed at 5 p.m. on December 11, 2019, with anticipated final action on January 6, 2020. Comments on this application may be either mailed to: City Hall, 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD, 20877 or emailed to Please note that any comments submitted for this application will be part of the record & will be posted on this project page.