A map of the site for a proposed senior living facility in Potomac. Credit: via Montgomery County Planning Board

The Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday will consider a developer’s proposal for a two-story, 130-bed senior living facility on River Road in Potomac.

The proposed building would have assisted living and memory care units for people 62 or older, according to Planning Board documents. There will be a maximum of 100 units, with some private and some shared.

The memory care units will be in the eastern wing of the building, in a secure area, according to the development application.

There will be dining areas, common areas, a fitness center, a bistro, lounges and an outdoor courtyard, documents say.

Services like transportation to off-site appointments and activities, wellness programs, community service and social events will be offered. A shuttle service will operate each day, likely between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., to transport residents within a 10-mile radius.

“The proposed facility will provide a quality lifestyle and the necessary services to allow senior residents to remain vital members of their community,” the development application says.


The site, at 9545 River Road, is about 6 acres. It was previously used as a garden center and florist shop.

Project plans include up to 85 parking spaces for residents, staff members and visitors.

The developer, Spectrum Retirement Communities, operates 48 other senior living facilities across the country, according to Planning Board documents.


In its application, Spectrum wrote that it initially planned for a three-story building, but reduced it to two stories after discussion with community members.

The Planning Board will consider the project during a meeting on Thursday. Planning Department staff members have recommended approval.

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