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Photo | Cara O’Connor Kentlands Under the Lights on June 16 brought the Wine Harvest Beer Garden with local craft beers and great entertainment, including Donuts for Dinner, John Santell, the Quadrivium String Quartet, and violinist Alessandro Cuffaro.

Photo | Cara O’Connor
Kentlands Under the Lights on June 16 brought the Wine Harvest Beer Garden with local craft beers and great entertainment, including Donuts for Dinner, John Santell, the Quadrivium String Quartet, and violinist Alessandro Cuffaro.

Photo | Cara O’Connor Organizers John Ingrassia and Silvio Renzi are the powers behind Kent

Photo | Cara O’Connor
Organizers John Ingrassia and Silvio Renzi are the powers behind Kent

Community Support Makes Kentlands Under the Lights Possible

A free annual food and music festival brought to you by the Kentlands Community Foundation and supported by the Kentlands Citizens Assembly, Kentlands Under the Lights also is made possible through the support of community groups and local businesses. This year’s event on June 16 was supported by many sponsors, including Kimco, The Mike Aubrey Group, Meredith Fogle/Old Line Properties, Katy Thoms Team, The Wine Harvest, Not Your Average Joe’s, Batik Asian Cuisine, Thai Tanium, Peppers Taco & Wine Bar, Everest Tutors and Test Prep, My Big Finds, My Gym Kentlands, Foundry Fitness, Kentlands Psychotherapy, Foundry Fitness, The Manchin Law Firm, Morton’s Towing & Recovery, Chix n Stix, Sweet Farm, Kona Ice, Latin and American Food, Seven Locks, Flying Dog, RAR, Brawling Bear and Jailbreak.

Council to Discuss Kentlands Market Square Redevelopment

On June 6, the Planning Commission gave a recommendation of approval to Sketch Plan Application SK-7837-2018 for the redevelopment of Market Square proposed by Kimco Realty. The multi-phase, more than 20-year plan will transform the commercial center into a mixed-use community. The application proposes up to 1,200,000 square feet of commercial / non-residential uses and up to 1614 residential units on approximately 21 acres.

According to a June 22 memo to the Mayor and City Council from Marina Khoury, DPZ partner and Kentlands town architect, DPZ supports Kimco’s sketch plan application at this time. Continued support will depend on how details such as hierarchy of streets, height transitions, designated land uses and parking garage architecture are worked out.

Anticipated policy discussion by the Mayor and City Council is on Monday, July 16. For more information, visit the city’s projects page at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/government/city-projects/kentlands-market-square.

Kentlands Square Buildings/Drive-Thru on Council Agenda

The Mayor and City Council plan a policy discussion of schematic development plan 7712-2017 for July 16. The Saul Centers’ proposal for three infill commercial buildings located in the current Lowe’s parking lot and including a drive-thru received the Planning Commission’s recommendation for approval on June 6.

According to a June 22 memo to the Mayor and City Council from Marina Khoury, DPZ partner and Kentlands town architect, DPZ is opposed to this application, specifically the drive-thru. Objections include the finding that the application “is clearly not in keeping with the goals or vision described in the approved 2008 Master Plan.” The memo also states that “the drive-thru goes against the stated purpose of your MXD zoning. … Section 24-160D of your MXD zoning states:

(e) ‘To assure compatibility of the proposed land uses… by incorporating higher standards of land planning and site designs… and to provide a superior quality of development.’

(f) ‘To encourage the efficient use of land by…. reducing reliance on automobile use and encouraging pedestrian and other nonvehicular circulation systems.” Planning Commission recommended approval stating that drive-thru ‘may’ impede such activity or not. Data is being gathered to prove what our own eyes can tell us. Of course a drive-thru impedes and hinders pedestrian movement. You only need to look at places where they are located. For years, we have heard about the gap that the Capital One drive-thru imposes on the area. Why permit another?”

Anticipated policy discussion by the Mayor and City Council is on Monday, July 16. For more information, visit the city’s projects page at www.gaithersburgmd.gov/government/city-projects/kentlands-square-infill-sites-sdp-7712-2017.

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