St. Charles, Maryland

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St. Charles is a census-designated place ("CDP") and planned community in Charles County, Maryland, United States, immediately south of Waldorf, which is the mailing address. (St. Charles comprises nearly all the population of Waldorf's zip code 20602, and much of 20603).[citation needed] As of the 2000 census, the population of the CDP was 33,379.



Planning for St. Charles was started in 1965 by St. Charles City, Inc.[1][2] That developer sold the undeveloped land in 1968 to Interstate General Co. (now known as American Community Properties Trust).[3][4] According to the developer, it is halfway through completion as outlined in its master plan.

When completed, St. Charles will comprise five villages — Smallwood and Westlake, which have been completed; Fairway, which is under development; and Piney Reach and Wooded Glen, which remain undeveloped. Each village has three to four neighborhoods. Residents in St. Charles have access to a variety of community amenities, including walking paths, swimming pools, scenic lakes, playgrounds and neighborhood centers. Many residents commute out of the County to work, including military residents who are stationed at Andrews Air Force Base, Bolling AFB, Patuxent River NAS, or the Pentagon. Many civilian residents are federal employees. St. Charles Town Center is a 1,200,000-square-foot (111,000 m2) 2-level regional shopping mall serving residents of a large four-county area.[5][broken citation] It opened in 1988 and was remodeled in 2007.[citation needed]

Many sections of St. Charles are still in development, including a retirement community for persons 60 years and older, and several themed restaurants west of U.S. Route 301. Hampshire, Lancaster, Dorchester, Sheffield, Heritage, Bannister, Wakefield, Huntington and Carrington are the already existing neighborhoods of St. Charles. In 2008, St. Charles Parkway was connected with Rosewick Road, providing a new alternative route to the county seat La Plata.

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