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Council Agenda: Pavilion Naming Rights and Campaign Policies

Final votes on historic designation for Glenview and annexation of the Reed Brothers property are part of a crowded agenda for the final meeting of the council's term.

, the look of the new grocery's storefront and several changes to campaign law, are highlights of the agenda for the Rockville City Council’s at .

Under a proposal recommended by city staff, the pavilion would be named “Dawson’s Market Stage.” Street Retail, Inc., a subsidiary of Federal Realty Investment Trust—which owns and operates Town Square, would sponsor and run the Town Square Summer Concert Series in exchange for the naming rights. Two signs on the pavilion would tout the pavilion's new name, giving greater visibility to the grocery, which is scheduled to open in the retail district in spring.

The council also will consider signage and the design of the Dawson’s Market storefront on North Washington Street.

A final vote to preserve Glenview Mansion as a historic property also is on Monday’s agenda. The council voted unanimously on Oct. 10 to give historic designation to .

The council also will vote on annexation of the Reed Brothers property at 15955 Frederick Road. Silverwood/Shady Grove LLC is seeking to build a six-story 417-unit multifamily building with ground floor retail on the 4.3-acre property. The site is in the Gaithersburg High School cluster and is close to the Shady Grove Metro station. The council gave preliminary approval to the annexation on Oct. 10.

With a city election slightly more than two weeks away, campaign law also will be before the council.

The council will vote on a resolution to allow distribution of campaign materials in city facilities during a candidate debate or forum and on an ordinance that would move the filing date for the second campaign finance reports from the Thursday before an election to two Mondays before an election. In this case, the deadline would move from Nov. 3 to Oct. 31, in order to accommodate Tuesday deadlines for The Gazette and allow the weekly newspaper to report on the financial disclosures before the election.

The council also will vote on fixing a typographical error in the city code that led to a controversy earlier this month. The city’s elections board , which led to confusion over limits on spousal contributions to political campaigns.

It will be the final meeting of the council's term before the Nov. 8 election. The first meeting of the new council will be Nov. 28.

The meeting will be broadcast live on Rockville 11.

Jeff Hawkins October 25, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Dawson's Market is a great name for the store, Glenview Mansion should indeed be a historic property, the Reed Bros. annexation and high rise building is NOT a good idea and I hope it does not pass, the election law issues seem reasonable and lastly fixing typo's is always a good thing...........I provide many of them :)
Peter Mork October 25, 2011 at 04:06 PM
This all sounds like good stuff to pass. Distributing campaign materials during debates and forums makes perfect sense. And, fixing typos is always a good idea.
Doug R October 25, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Could we please define "high-rise"? A six floor building, to me, is not a high-rise. There are plenty of buildings in MoCo and around Rockville that probably would classify as "high-rise". In my opinion, the idea of a housing project like this, particularly one that includes badly needed subsidized housing units (i.e. like the hundreds that already exist in King Farm) is a fantastic use of a property like Reed Bros. I am not a huge fan of annexation for developers to avoid county process in favor of Rockville city process, but I do think that the people claiming this development is not the right fit for the property fail to understand what smart growth means, and exactly why it IS smart development.
Jeff Hawkins October 25, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Doug, I think the term "high rise" is a subjective term I guess. I remember when the Tenley Building was first built, everyone considered it a "high rise", same when the Americana Centre was built. I think the Dictionary defines a "high rise" as a "mulit-floored building maybe with an elevator, it didn't give a specific number of floors to qualify as such. If it offends, let's call it a "mid-rise" or "low-rise" or maybe "just a big building"? As for the other stuff, we'll just have to disagree.

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