The Frederick Planning Commission on Monday approved site plans for two new businesses in the area of Monocacy Boulevard and Gas House Pike.

The commission voted unanimously to approve the construction of a Royal Farms convenience store and gas station at Monocacy Boulevard and Gas House Pike, as well as a 68-bed nursing home and adult living facility nearby.

The 5,371-square-foot Royal Farms is part of a project that will include a 16,320-square-foot, single-story office building that would be built on the rear of the lot once the convenience store is finished.

The 37,196-square-foot Poet’s Walk nursing home center will be built on Gas House Pike at Monocacy Boulevard.

The approval of the site plan required changing the designation of the parcel of land in the Riverside Corporate Park from a commercial designation to an employment classification.

The facility will be operated by New Jersey-based Spring Hills Senior Communities.

The company has 16 communities around the country, Regional Executive Director Chip Harrison told the commission. They include sites in Alexandria, Virginia, as well as Florida, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio and Texas.

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When will it end!!!!![angry]


Interesting that someone is building a 16,000 square foot OFFICE building when Natelli just recently stated to the county there is no need for additional office space in Frederick.....of course he said that in order to get his currently commercial zoned property changed to residential so he can build another 1000 homes inn an area already suffering severe damage from the likes of him...the schools have become trailer parks and I-270 is a parking lot but he doesn't give a hang and the current taxpayer base will have to cough up the cash to fix the problems he and other developers have created ....for them its All About The MONEY they can put in their pockets ...ands they seem unfortunately to have their way with our county officials


A nursing home is being built at the end of a runway?


To the FPC:
Okay, so will Monocacy Blvd be improved before this project begins? When will you have traffic control devices installed? How will you improve the interchange at Rt 26 & Monocacy Blvd from what it is today, after the so-called improvements were made for Wally World? Will the inter-change at US 15 & Monocacy Blvd be completed by this time as well?
Since you approved the site plans for these business, you do realize there is a trickle-down effect that is unavoidable. What have you done in preparations for this?


have you seen the Rt 26 & Monocacy Blvd interchange? They've made massive improvements already. the section they are talking about is Monocacy and Gas House Pike, which is already 4 lanes, but a stretch of Gas House (or Monocacy ) needs to upgraded, its still the old back road, and is outdated.


Agreed, there were some improvements. What I am referring to is the additional increased traffic that will flow through this area. I highly doubt this additional expansion of traffic was taken into consideration at the time.


what the article failed to mention after a few calls, plans are in place to finish upgrading the rest of Gas House Pike thats still the old back road.

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