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OMSI Anticipates Board Update May 30

The One Main Street Initiative (OMSI) committee, formed late last year to support live-work unit owners and businesses on Kentlands’ Main Street, briefed the Kentlands Citizens Assembly (KCA) at the board meeting on March 28. Consultant Live-Work-Learn-Play (LWLP) presented 61 slides still in draft detailing analysis and suggestions for Main Street revitalization on March 13, committee member John Schlichting shared. A group of Main Street stakeholders, Main Street live-work owners, city officials, Kimco and Saul representatives were briefed on challenges and opportunities as seen by LWLP, an international advisory firm known for its revitalization of neighborhoods. Feedback is ongoing, Schlichting added.

Committee member Neil Burka, whose day job is Federal Realty property manager for Bethesda Row, said that next steps are to get a final draft from LWLP and put together a roadmap for implementation: “How are we going to sustain this organization, how are we going to fund it, how are we going to get three primary commercial districts together and fund this operation. …”

Burka said that OMSI has a good base of Main Street owners involved and supportive of its goals. Not all 66 live-work unit owners have responded, though.

Joint Public Hearing on Market Square Planned

A joint public hearing for Sketch Plan Application SK-7837-2018, outlining a plan for redevelopment of Kentlands Market Square per the 2008 Kentlands Boulevard Commercial District Master Plan, is planned for Monday, April 16. Public testimony will be taken during the public hearing. Comments on this application may be mailed to City of Gaithersburg Planning and Code Administration, 31 South Summit Ave., Gaithersburg, MD, 20877 or emailed to

The application proposes up to 1,200,000 square feet of commercial/non-residential uses and up to 1,614 residential units on approximately 21 acres. More information is available on the city’s project’s page at

Volunteers Needed for Green Up Day

The Kentlands Community Foundation GO GREEN group is organizing the annual Kentlands community cleanup day for Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meet at the Kentlands Clubhouse to sign in and collect pick-up sticks and trash bags. Students can receive SSL hours.

The Lakelands Environmental and Beautification Committee is organizing a Community Green Up Day for April 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Meet at the Lakelands Clubhouse to sign in and collect trash bags and pick-up sticks. Volunteers can enjoy a light breakfast donated by Whole Foods Kentlands. Students can receive SSL hours.

The Quince Orchard Park Board plans the community’s annual Spring Clean-Up Day for April 21, 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Quince Orchard Park Clubhouse to sign in and collect trash bags and pick-up sticks; volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves and dress for the weather. Students need to bring SSL papers to receive credit for volunteer hours.