Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Photos from last weekend's art fest.
More than 175 artists converged at Rockville Town Square last weekend for the inaugural A-RTS @ Rockville Town Square. The free outdoor art festival highlighted local, regional and national artists hand-picked by a jury of fine art experts. There were also live musical acts. The event was organized by the Bethesda Row Arts Festival team, which submitted these photos to Patch.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Choice Hotels International President and CEO Stephen P. Joyce and Managing Director Steve Stoycos led a tour of the company’s new headquarters in Rockville.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Surprise in store for last weekend of skating
Today is the last day to lace up your ice skates. The ice rink at Rockville Town Center will be closed after today, but there’s a surprise in store for weekend skaters. The folks with Federal Realty said on Thursday that there were plans to greet skaters with a green rink, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. The rink is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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 …
Friday, November 30, 2012
An open house and tree lighting brought crowds to the shopping district on Thursday.
Ice skaters, carolers and Santa Claus rang in the holiday season at Rockville Town Square on Thursday evening as the shopping district in Rockville Town Center hosted an open house and holiday tree lighting ceremony. For more on holiday shopping in and around Rockville, be sure to check out our holiday shopping guides for Rockville and Montgomery County.
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 8, 2012
The latest Rockville Town Square addition returns a restaurant to the Austin Grill's former home.
American Tap Room’s countdown to opening hit single digits on Monday. A sign in the restaurant and bar’s front window on Maryland Avenue in Rockville Town Square touted Tuesday’s opening as staff inside could be seen making final preparations. The restaurant, in the 6,500-square-foot former Austin Grill space, “redefines the idea of casual sophistication,” according to a description on the Rockville Town Square website. “Ranging from weekend brunch, to a casual lunch outing, to late-night celebrations or sporting event viewing parties, each dining experience is uniquely enjoyable.” The local chain is owned and operated by Thompson Hospitality, the same Hendon, Va.-based foodservice company that owns Austin Grill. It has locations in …
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 …