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Photo of the Day: Heart of Crown Development Brought To Life With Scale Model

Gaithersburg city and Montgomery County officials join for a groundbreaking ceremony to officially start construction on the Crown development.

A scale model of Downtown Crown — the heart of Gaithersburg's new 182-acre Crown development — made its debut at Thursday morning's official groundbreaking ceremony, bringing to life the future vision of the property's main retail and dining corridor.

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz were joined by city, state and Crown development officials for the ceremony.

Located along Fields Road across the street from Rio/Washingtonian Center, Crown will feature 2,250 homes — including single family, townhomes, apartments and condominiums — 350,000 square feet of retail, four distinct neighborhoods, parks, walking trails, a future transit stop for the Corridor City Transitway (CCT) and has set aside 32 acres for the potential future home of a Montgomery County Public Schools high school.

"Crown is located at one of the most strategic locations in the county, the heart of a major employment center," Katz said in a statement. "The housing it will bring to Gaithersburg is greatly needed for our future residents who we know are coming."

Related Coverage:

  • (Oct. 9, 2012)
  • Mayor Katz: Crown High School Would Help Overcrowding (July 31, 2012)
  • PHOTOS: Artist Images for Future Crown Development (July 26, 2012)
  •  (July 25, 2012)
  • Vision for Crown Farm Development Seen by City (July 24, 2012)
  • Report: Crown Farm Site Sold for $28M (July 18, 2012)
Sharon October 11, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Ah, bring on the traffic. God knows we don't (already) have bumper-to-bumper in the Gaithersburg AND Montgomery Village (as well) area! Gonna have to learn some new 'cuss words' 'cause the old ones are getting stale. LOL!
Jeff Banagan October 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Oh enough about the traffic comments. All people seem to worry about whenever there is new development planned or underway is congestion. If you ask me, it's quite redundant.
Mike October 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
I agree with Jeff
Janet Wildman October 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM
I live in the connecting community (Decoverly) and can't wait for the street to cut through. When is this expected to happen?
megan March 08, 2013 at 03:30 AM
I agree, the traffic is already a problem and will only get worse.

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