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Reliance on massive over-development will destroy connectivity between neighborhoods, degrade the environment
and increase congestion on the already-crowded roads.

Scale-It-Back.com is a collaborative effort of community and civic
organizations in Montgomery County, Maryland who believe growth must
be carefully managed to prevent unprecedented levels of traffic
congestion, pressure to build on the ever-decreasing green spaces and
the degradation of our existing communities and streams.
The commercial development proposed in the Great Seneca Science
Corridor Master Plan is entirely too dense for the suburban residential
character of the area, particularly on Belward Farm, a
beautiful Civil
War-era farm, which is adjacent to four established neighborhoods.

According to an email sent by Leslie Weber from Johns Hopkins, the University is
proposing a new plan for Belward Farm. The email read in part:

“I wanted to let you know that JHU issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to 29
developer firms today seeking a master developer contract for Belward.  We
anticipate that answering questions, receiving and evaluating responses, and
narrowing the field will take several months but hope to select a partner firm in the
early- to mid-summer time frame.   At that point, the selected developer will have
complete financial and project management responsibility for the project.  

The objectives of the RPF were described as follows:

Hopkins is seeking a master developer to develop a health and wellness, education,
and research focused campus at the Belward site, in furtherance of both the
University’s Ten x 2020 plan as well as the Great Seneca Science Corridor (GSSC)
Master Plan.  Hopkins also desires a developer for the project who will maximize the
FAR on the available land through the development of a project to include uses
consistent with those set forth in the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan and
the market. Based on the Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan and the market,
Hopkins believes that appropriate uses for this site could include: 1. a significant
medical office presence; 2. ambulatory care facilities; continuing care and/or assisted
living; a fitness/wellness center; complementary retail; educational uses; research
opportunities; a hotel; adequate parking; and other compatible uses.  Hopkins is also
open to considering other uses compatible with these objectives including but not
limited to a conference center, lab space, or collaboration space. Hopkins looks to
the candidate development teams to present their recommended mix of uses for this
site. Please be advised that conventional single family or multifamily housing is not a
permitted use at Belward.”

The uses Hopkins is proposing are consistent with the parameters set forth in the
Great Seneca Science Corridor Master Plan but the density is a concern as is
mention of a hotel.

As the email states, JHU is anxious to maximize the FAR, or floor area ratio, which
would accommodate approximately 15,000 people.  This is inconsistent with the
wishes of Elizabeth Banks and would create chaos on the already congested roads
around Belward Farm.  

Donna Baron, Coordinator of The Gaithersburg - North Potomac - Rockville Coalition


JOHNS HOPKINS' PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT ON BELWARD FARM