Friday, October 12, 2012
City of Rockville: The $4,700 fine could increase if conditions are not met.
Federal Realty Investment Trust faces a $4,700 fine from the City of Rockville for removing four trees along North Washington Street. The fine was first reported by The Gazette. Federal Realty, which owns and manages Rockville Town Square, said the trees were blocking the view of the signs and storefront of Dawson’s Market. The long-awaited Town Square grocery store opened Sept. 29. The removal of the trees, three days before the store’s opening, drew the ire of Rockville residents, who took to social media to voice their displeasure. The City of Rockville sent Federal Realty a letter on Oct. 4 giving the management company 30 days to restore the trees or file a site amendment plan or face additional fines “assessed as a separate …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Life is rich in Montgomery County. We'll prove it to you.
Sometimes it takes looking back at the bad times to appreciate the good. Tomorrow, Oct. 2, is the 10-year anniversary of what became known as the DC sniper case -- a horrific chapter in local history that began in Montgomery County and became a national story. It's hard to describe to those who weren't here what it was like to fear a random bullet during routine trips to the grocery store or gas station, or to drive past playgrounds and parks empty of children, runners and bike riders. The perpetrators, John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, were regulars at the YMCA of Silver Spring. New details of their time there emerge in an account in The Atlantic magazine by Jim Ross, a public health researcher. Read Ross' article here. The …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Foodie news from around Montgomery County and neighboring Washington, DC, neighborhoods.
Get caught up with the food scene in Montgomery County and adjacent Washington, DC, neighborhoods with 1 Meat, 3 Sides. This week, a new organic grocery takes center plate: One Meat: Dawson's Market opened this weekend in Rockville Town Square, Rockville Patch reported. The store is "a locally focused, independent, natural foods market," according to its website. “Local is what we’re all about,” Becky Lakin, marketing director for the store, told Bethesda Magazine. "It remains to be seen how much nearby produce will be available in the dead of winter, but the 100-mile radius the store has set for its 'local' designation also includes meats, cheeses, beer, wine, and other goods. There’s also a 'regional' category that widens the scope to …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
The long-awaited grocery store opened with a ceremony and preview on Friday night.
Years of waiting for a grocery store in Rockville Town Square culminated in Friday's grand opening of Dawson's Market. Officials of the City of Rockville and Federal Realty Investment Trust, which owns and operates the downtown retail district in Rockville Town Center, joined Dawson's Market owner Rick Hood for a ceremony dedicating the Dawson's Market Pavilion on the Town Square Plaza. Grand opening festivities continue Saturday. Click here for details. Rockville resident Max A. van Balgooy documented Friday's opening festivities on his Max for Rockville blog. Click here to see a gallery of photos. Click here for more coverage of Dawson's Market.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
City spokeswoman: Federal Realty violated Rockville's tree ordinance by removing trees near Dawson's Market before obtaining a permit.
Federal Realty Investment Trust violated Rockville’s tree ordinance when it removed four trees along North Washington Street, a city spokeswoman said Wednesday. The trees were adjacent to a surface parking lot at Rockville Town Square that will serve the new Dawson’s Market grocery, which is scheduled to open on Saturday. A Dawson's Market sign for the store stood partially obstructed by the trees, which screened the parking lot—and behind the lot, the storefront—from North Washington Street. Federal Realty, which owns and operates the retail portion of the city’s downtown retail district, submitted a request to the city on Monday to amend the Town Square Forest Conservation Plan in order to remove the trees, Marylou Berg, a city …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Dawson’s Market will celebrate its opening with music, games and more.
The long-awaited opening of a grocery in Rockville Town Square is almost here. Dawson’s Market announced Wednesday that it will open Sept. 29. The opening features two days of festivities: Friday, Sept. 28 6:30 p.m.: Rockville Town Square holds the final “Friday Night Live” concert of the season, featuring Mambo Combo. 7 p.m.: Dedication of the Dawson’s Market Pavilion in Town Square Plaza, featuring Rockville Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, Dawson’s Market owner Rick Hood and Robin McBride, vice president and chief operating officer of Federal Realty Investment Trust. 7:45 p.m.: The public gets its first look inside Dawson’s Market with a sneak peek. Click here for more coverage of Dawson’s Market. Saturday, Sept. 29 7 a.m.: Dawson’s Market …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Reps from organic market will be at Hometown Holidays; Construction expected to be complete by early August.
First it was March. Then it was “spring.” Then it was “summer.” Then “fall.” Now the much-anticipated opening of a new grocery store at Rockville Town Square has a month. “October,” said Becky Lakin, Dawson’s Market marketing director, in an interview with Rockville Patch this week. “Now when in October, I can’t tell you.” Rockville officials were updated on the progress of the store’s construction in a brief email from acting city manager Jennifer Kimball on Monday. The email followed a conversation between Kimball and John Pezzulla, director of asset management for Federal Realty Investment Trust, which owns and operates the Town Square retail district. “[Pezzulla] reports that FRIT's original estimate of spring 2012 was not realistic,” …
Friday, February 24, 2012
The new Town Square grocery isn't providing a specific timetable for its opening.
A new grocery store in Rockville Town Square may be opening a few months later than originally planned but “the wait will be worth it,” a spokeswoman for the store said. “Most importantly, we are concerned with taking the time necessary to make sure the store perfectly suits the needs and wants of the customers,” Becky Lakin, the recently named marketing director for Dawson’s Market, wrote in an email response to a question about the opening date. “We will be starting construction in a few weeks and are aiming to have construction completed this Summer.” The store isn’t being any more specific than that. After signing a lease for Town Square in September, Dawson’s Market owner Rick Hood said he expected a March or April opening date. …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Dawson’s Market opening now scheduled for summer.
Rockville Town Square’s food offerings are changing again. Four new restaurants are scheduled to open in the spring, Federal Realty Investment Trust announced in a news release. Meanwhile, the opening date for Dawson’s Market has been pushed back until summer, Federal Realty, which owns and operates the retail and residential district in Rockville Town Center, announced. No specific opening dates were offered for the restaurants or the grocery store. After signing a lease for Town Square in September, Dawson’s Market owner Rick Hood said he expected a March or April opening date. Federal Realty confirmed a spring opening at that time. A spokeswoman for Federal Realty could not give a reason for the delay this week. A spokeswoman for Dawson…
Friday, September 16, 2011
The City Council supports the market's lease but is divided on whether its name should be on the Town Square Plaza pavilion.
Rockville City Council members who often disagree on big issues were unanimous on one this week: Monday’s announcement that a lease had been signed to bring Dawson’s Market to Rockville Town Square is a big win for the city. “It’s fantastic,” Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio said. “It’s been four years in the making—like a Cecil B. DeMille extravaganza.” Councilman Piotr Gajewski, who is opposing Marcuccio for mayor in the Nov. 8 city election, agreed that the lease was a long time in coming. The owners of Richmond, Va.-based Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market plan to open Dawson’s sometime in the spring, Federal Realty announced. “We’re thrilled,” Gajewski said. “It seems like it’s a very good fit for Rockville. It seems like it’s very community-…