|The White Oak Shopping Center. Photo by the author.|
This is not to say that White Oak is some awful place. The broader White Oak area includes many affluent and historic neighborhoods, such as Quaint Acres and the stately Burnt Mills Hills, which were both established in the 1930's. Hillandale, the community to the south of White Oak centered around the intersection of Powder Mill Road and New Hampshire Avenue, is also a very nice area consisting of estate style homes. There are numerous other subdivisions all around White Oak that are comparable to the neighborhoods in Four Corners.
The White Oak Science Gateway Plan does not alter any of these established neighborhoods. The plan instead focuses on White Oak's commercial and industrial areas which surround the FDA's growing headquarters, officially known as the Federal Research Center at White Oak (FRC).
|Sign at the east entrance to the FRC on the recently built FDA Boulevard, a little-used 4 lane road that travels through Percontee's extensive concrete recycling plant.|
|The area of White Oak north and west of Paint Branch is mostly home to industrial and other commercial uses, with a pocket of residential development along Route 29 next to the park.|
|Light industry on Tech Road.|
|WSSC facility on Industrial Parkway.|
|The county's bus depot on Bournefield Way.|
|The unnamed lake located a few hundred yards behind the Target shopping center.|
|Rendering of the new hospital in a parking lot at the end of Bournefield Way. Thankfully, the lake and its immediate environs are being preserved.|
|Conveyor belts and earth moving machines at Percontee's sprawling concrete recycling facility on Cherry Hill Road.|
|A large pile of old concrete 40 feet high awaits recycling. This area used to be a large gravel quarry (going back to the 1950's), but it was converted to concrete recycling when the supply of rock ran low.|
|FDA Boulevard, a 4 lane road built in 2010 which travels from Cherry Hill Road to the back entrance of the FDA through the Percontee property. This currently underused road will provide access to the proposed LifeSci Village.|