Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Zoning amendment places more scrutiny on projects for Town Center’s performance district. Pending plans to build commercial space at former Giant store on North Washington Street would not be affected
More scrutiny will be placed on projects within Rockville’s Town Center’s performance district, following the City Council’s decision Monday to amend the city’s zoning rules. The amendment eliminates, for the performance district, the “level 1” review process for smaller projects that would have only needed approval by the city’s planning chief. Instead, performance district projects would require approval from the Planning Commission as a “level 2” site plan or would require mayor and Council approval as a project plan. Applicants also would have to give notice to affected civic and homeowners associations. The measure passed 4-1, with Councilman Tom Moore casting the opposing vote. “I think it's adding a layer of complexity to …
Monday, January 28, 2013
A meeting with Regal Row merchants over parking issues precedes Monday's meeting
Votes on a plan to include historical and cultural sites in Rockville in the county’s “heritage area” master plan and a discussion of how plans for Town Center redevelopment are approved are on the Rockville City Council’s agenda for Monday. The council also will hear a quarterly update from Rockville Economic Development Inc., the economic development arm of the city. The council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on Rockville 11. Council members will meet with Regal Row merchants before the scheduled council meeting, at 6 p.m. in the Black-Eyed Susan Room, to discuss parking concerns associated with the ongoing construction of the Cambria Suites mixed-used project. Construction of the mixed-use project has…
Friday, January 11, 2013
Development plans now go before staff as part of a process the city is reconsidering.
The Rockville Planning Commission on Wednesday approved plans to tear down the old Giant Food building in Town Center and build an office-retail project. Chevy Chase-based JBG Companies plans to build a 25,100-square-foot building, with a Bank of America branch, retail and/or a restaurant on the ground floor, 13,600 square feet of office space on the second floor and underground parking. The commission voted 6 to 1 on the preliminary plans to subdivide the property at 275 N. Washington St. Commissioner David Hill voted against the subdivision. Hill said the city should not subdivide property in the second phase of Town Center redevelopment, when in the first phase—which included building Rockville Town Square—the city combined properties…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Retail-office project on the former store site would be the first piece of 'Town Center II.'
The former Giant Food site, a long-abandoned eyesore in Rockville Town Center, could be transformed into a vibrant mix of shopping, offices and apartments under a plan the Rockville Planning Commission is scheduled to consider Wednesday night. The commission meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on Rockville 11. Chevy Chase-based JBG Companies is proposing to demolish the Giant building as early as spring, making way for a two-story office-retail building at 275 N. Washington St. The building would include a new home for the Bank of America branch presently located at 255 N. Washington St. The commission also will consider JBG’s proposal to divide the 3.14-acre site into two parcels. The parcel along North …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Hearings on Stonestreet bridge, Town Center plans and financial board are on Jan. 14 agenda.
Discussions with the city’s Board of Supervisors of Elections and about the city’s budget, a review of the city’s ethics ordinance and a vote on various city contracts are on the tentative agenda for the Rockville City Council’s first meeting of 2013 on Monday. The Council’s second meeting of the year, on Jan. 14, will include public hearings on the proposed reconstruction of the Stonestreet pedestrian bridge, Town Center zoning and the creation of a Financial Advisory Board. The pedestrian bridge connecting South Stonestreet Avenue and Veirs Mill Road was demolished in 2011 after an inspection revealed structural deficiencies. The estimated cost for the bridge replacement is $1.2 million—much higher than anticipated. The hearing will …
Friday, November 30, 2012
A new website helps drivers find a place to park downtown.
Fences are up and available parking is down in the lot in front of Regal Row, the retail strip anchored by the Regal Cinemas in Rockville Town Center. Construction is set to begin on a hotel, residential and retail project on the site of the parking lot bounded by East Middle Lane, East Montgomery Avenue, Monroe Street and Maryland Avenue. The pay-to-park lot, which reaches capacity with patrons of Regal’s 13 movie theaters and Town Center restaurants and businesses on weekends, has been reduced to just 150 spaces, said Rocio Snowdy, a neighborhood resource coordinator with the City of Rockville. Pricing at the lot will remain the same. In preparation for the construction, the city has been working with Rockville Economic Development, …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Victim testifies that he "wanted retaliation" for May 18 shooting.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
City and county government buildings and downtown offices were briefly affected.
Pepco blames a burnt out electrical switch for a Thursday afternoon power outage that affected traffic lights and hundreds of customers in Rockville Town Center, including Rockville City Hall and at least part of the Montgomery County Council building. The malfunction occurred about 12:30 p.m. and affected a transformer and a feeder line, said Bob Hainey, a Pepco spokesman. The utility’s outage map initially showed about 800 customers without power, Hainey said. Crews created “field ties,” temporarily tying customers into different feeder lines in order to restore power quickly, he said. Power was restored to all but about 50 customers by 2 p.m., Hainey said. The remaining 50 customers were restored by 3 p.m. The County Council building…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Rockville police hosted an open house on Saturday.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Rockville dedicated its new city police headquarters in the historic U.S. Post Office building in Rockville Town Center on Saturday. Max A. van Balgooy posted photos of the dedication on his Max for Rockville blog and took a look inside during the new station's open house. Click here to view the photos. Click here for Rockville Patch's coverage of construction of the new station.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Dedication and open house set for 10 a.m. Saturday.