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Another desperately needed medical center is in the works for Montgomery County, this time through Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. The medical provider with its D.C. area regional headquarters in Rockville, is planning to develop a large medical center in the Aspen Hill area of Silver Spring.
The 10.03 acre site at 13900 Connecticut Avenue was the former campus of Vitro Corporation, a defense contractor that changed hands over the decades through merges and acquisitions and was eventually acquired by BAE Systems, Inc. Silver Spring-based Lee Development Group owned the property before Kaiser Permanente purchased it for redevelopment.
On September 11, 2019, Kaiser Permanente held a community meeting with the Aspen Hill Civic Association. In its presentation Kaiser Permanente showed two build options, option one was a retrofit of the existing Vitro building, with a large setback from Connecticut Avenue and the main facility surrounded by patient and employee parking. Option two was a total redevelopment of the site where the medical facility would have a presence along Connecticut Avenue as well as more elaborate landscaping in the most visible areas. Option two would also meet LEED Gold certification standards at minimum over the LEED certified maximum that option one would allow.
The most recent plans submitted by Kaiser Permanente to the Montgomery County Planning Dept, show a proposal divided into two phases; the initial building size would be 130,000 square feet, 60’ feet in height and include a parking garage with 555 spaces. Phase 2 would include a 50,000 square foot commercial addition and 876 parking spaces.
Kaiser Permanente is expecting an opening date in the year 2022. The Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Gaithersburg’s Watkins Mill Town Center is the only 24-hour full-service Kaiser Facility in the County.