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White Oak Science Gateway

The White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan seeks to leverage the many assets located in the White Oak area and establish the foundation upon which the area may evolve into a community that offers more opportunities to learn, live, work and play. The Plan also envisions that the commercial centers will evolve from conventional, auto-dependent suburban shopping retail centers, business parks and light industrial areas into vibrant, mixed-use, transit-served nodes. The White Oak area has been identified for major development initiatives after nearly 20 years of development moratorium.

In 2009, the County purchased a 115-acre former compositing facility known as Site 2 from WSSC for the express purpose of creating a “World Class Bio/Life Sciences, Education and Research Community,” and in 2011 the County chose Percontee, Inc., as its development partner in a public-private partnership. This partnership, to redevelop nearly 280 acres of industrial uses into a mixed-use center with a focus on bio/life sciences, will take place over the next 10 to 15 years. While the 280-acre project known as  Viva White Oak is poised to transform the WOSG, new development and redevelopment in the area is not limited to this project (see below for additional development).  A new master plan was approved in 2014 covering nearly 3,000 acres, allowing mixed uses on other properties historically dominated by a single use. Redevelopment must enhance the entire area’s quality of life, appearance, walkability, and sense of place. This Plan provides a blueprint to connect White Oak’s centers to each other and the broader region through a transit system that includes Bus Rapid Transit as an integral component.

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(Above Map Courtesy of Sharp & Company)

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White Oak Science Gateway Projects

Overview Map of White Oak Science Gateway Projects.

The White Oak Community is very diverse in age, place of employment and race. The customer base and need
for new housing, jobs, retail and services is strong. There are currently 6 projects planned for White Oak Science Gateway: 

  1. FDA Expansion
  2. Hillendale Gateway
  3. Hilton Home2 Suites Hotel
  4. Town Center
  5. Viva White Oak
  6. Washington Adentist Hospital

White Oak Area Demographics *

  • Estimated Population: 18,825
  • Household Median Income: $63,924
  • Race and Ethnicity:
    • African American: 48.4%
    • White Alone: 22.4%
    • Hispanic or Latino: 19.2%
    • Asian Alone: 6.7%
    • Two or more races: 3.1%
  • Average Age: 37.5 years
  • Over 2/3 of the population have a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Average Commute Time: 38.6 min
  • Estimated Workforce ( >16 yrs. old): 9,395
* US Census Bureau, 2011-2015 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates
FDA Headquarters Consolidation.
Food & Drug Administration Expansion
  • 130 acres
  • 6,000,000 Million sq. ft.
  • 5,900 additional jobs on campus
Viva White Oak Life Sciences Village.
Viva White Oak
Washington Adventist Hospital construction is underway.
Washington Adventist Hospital
  • 48 Acre Site under construction
  • 803,000 sq. ft.
  • Opened August of 2019
Hillendale Gateway project.
Hillendale Gateway
  • A joint venture between the Housing Opportunities Commission & the Duffie Company
  • 25K sq.ft. of Retail space
  • 150 Units of Age Restricted Residential
  • 350 Units of Non-Age Restricted Residential
White Oak Science Gateway Town Center project.
Town Center
  • Mixed-use zoning
  • 57,000 square feet of Retail including a grocery store 
  • 225 Residential units
White Oak Science Gateway Hilton Home2 Hotel project.
Hilton Home2 Suites Hotel
  • 62,000 sq. ft.
  • 100 room hotel

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