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KCA Releases Kentlands Retail Market Analysis

A retail market analysis prepared by Robert Gibbs and the Gibbs Planning Group found that “the designated Kentlands study area has an existing demand for up to 214,250 sf of new retail and restaurant development producing up to $65 million in sales. By 2022, this demand will likely generate up to $69 million in gross sales.”

The study area is “an approximately 57 square-mile primary trade area bound to the north by Father Hurley Boulevard, to the west by Berryville Road, to the South by Glen Road and to the east by the Metro rail line. The boundaries roughly equate to a five-mile radius.” The report assumes that no other major retail centers are planned or proposed within the five-mile radius. Accordingly, no other major retail is assumed in the report’s sales forecasts.

Gibbs finds that “new retail demand could be absorbed by existing businesses and/or with the opening of 55 to 70 new stores and restaurants. If constructed as a new shopping center, the development would be classified as a community or lifestyle center by industry definitions and could include 6-7 limited-service eating places, 7-8 stores carrying department store merchandise, 3-4 full-service restaurants, 7-8 apparel stores, 1-2 special food services stores, 1-2 new home furnishings stores and specialty food stores and an assortment of other retail and restaurant offerings.”

The retail market analysis was requested by the Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) upon the recommendation of Marina Khoury, Kentlands town architect and Duany Plater-Zyberk partner, and Mike Watkins, former Kentlands town architect and principal at Michael Watkins Architect, LLC. Both have been working with the Kentlands Community Foundation, KCA, and developers Kimco, Saul and S&T Kentlands, LLC (Kentlands Apartments project) to create a cohesive plan for Kentlands downtown redevelopment.

Saul’s phase one mixed-use redevelopment of Kentlands Square allows for up to 1450 multifamily units and up to 784,080 square feet of commercial. Speaking at the July 17 meeting of the Mayor and City Council, Rob Robinson, the city’s long-range planning manager, said that these Kentlands Square Sketch Plan numbers are “up to” and “we all acknowledge that won’t really occur.”

Bids Solicited for Great Seneca Highway Pedestrian Bridge

The city is accepting sealed proposals for a concept design of a pedestrian bridge over MD 119 to address the communities’ concern on pedestrian access and related safety issues. According to the RFP, “MedImmune is partnering with the City for this project funding. … The project is intended to improve the at-grade crossing that links the Quince Orchard Park office and residential complex on the north side of MD 119 to the Kentlands community to the south. Due to the bridge crossing over MD 119, the Maryland State Highway Administration will participate in the project and this Solicitation.” Proposals are due Sept. 1.

Register Now for the Kentlands/Lakelands 5K

Registration is now open for the popular Kentlands/ Lakelands 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Sept. 2. Hosted jointly by the Kentlands Community Foundation and the City of Gaithersburg, this annual race draws thousands. For those under 14 there will be a 200-meter Tot Trot and 500-meter Kids Dash. You’ll also find a postrace expo with activities and entertainment. Register online at