THE SCIENCE CITY vs. THE PENTAGON

TO RETURN TO THE ARCHIVES.

Much has been said about the massive development proposed by the Gaithersburg West (Great
members remain unmoved.  
Perhaps some comparisons will confirm that the development proposed by the master plan is not only
out-sized but is actually impossible. Please consider:
  • The Pentagon has 6.6 million square feet of gross floor space on 583 acres and a very complex
    transportation system.
  • The Science City is only one-fifth the size of the Pentagon property and is adjacent to three
    residential neighborhoods.
  • With the proposed 4.6 million square feet of floor space on 107 acres, Belward Farm would have
    three and a half times as many people per acre as the Pentagon.  
  • The proposed “Science City” will have 17.5 million square feet of commercial space and 9 million
    square feet of residential space on 922 acres.  At 26.5 million square feet, it would be the size of
    4 Pentagons on property that is only one and a half times as large.

The thought of seeing four Pentagons between Shady Grove Road and Muddy Branch Road is
shocking.  This massive development would be in the middle of a suburban area with five main roads,
very few through streets and would be five miles from a Metro Station.  

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The calculations in the following documents are based on the proposed numbers which would have
been 29 million square feet rather than the approved 26.5 million square feet.  The approved numbers
will result in the construction of commercial and residential space equivalent to four Pentagons as
opposed to the proposed four and a half Pentagons.

COMPARISON: THE PENTAGON, JOHNS HOPKINS’ COMMERCIAL COMPLEX ON BELWARD FARM & THE
“SCIENCE CITY”

COMPARISON: TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE PENTAGON AND THE “SCIENCE CITY”

WHAT COULD JOHNS HOPKINS REAL ESTATE BUILD ON BELWARD FARM?