The Humane Society of the United States is considering building an expanded national headquarters in Gaithersburg.
Humane Society officers presented the plans during a public hearing Monday and, according to city records, are essentially proposing two options at the HSUS Gaithersburg location on Professional Drive:
- Building corporate headquarters that could accommodate 342,500 square-foot of commercial use—including proposed temporary shelter for rescued animals, Humane Society officials told the Gaithersburg Mayor and Council during the hearing.
- Allowing 300,000 square feet of commercial use and as many as 300 multi-family residences, in the event the Humane Society chooses another location for its headquarters.
Work on the site would not begin until after the Watkins Mill interchange is completed—a project expected to begin in 2016. The Watkins Mill interchange will link existing Watkins Mill Road segments over Interstate 270, providing a new East-West connection for the city of Gaithersburg.
The Humane Society of the United States employs 700 people and has offices in Gaithersburg and Washington, D.C.