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CalAtlantic Builder for Enclave at Quince Orchard

CalAtlantic Homes, the contract purchaser for The Enclave at Quince Orchard that was formerly known as the Johnson Property, shared plans with the community at a July 26 meeting at Thurgood Marshall Elementary. The 14-acre property at the northwest corner of Darnestown and Quince Orchard roads (across from Quince Orchard High School) was annexed from Montgomery County into the City of Gaithersburg in early August 2016.

The property was approved for up to 110 residential units. CalAtlantic’s current plan “proposes 106 units: 26 single families and 80 townhouses consisting of 24’, 20’ and 18’ wide units. These will be traditional architecture with pitched roofs. The plan also includes a one-acre public park which will be accessible to the surrounding community,” according to a company statement.

Site development is anticipated to begin in August 2018.

Gaithersburg Chief of Police Issues Statement on Policing

Gaithersburg Chief of Police Mark P. Sroka issued a statement Aug. 2, emphasizing his department’s commitment to “its core values of Service, Integrity, and Respect for all individuals. We are resolved to continue to treat all people with respect and dignity, be neutral and transparent in every decision and interaction, and convey trustworthy motives in how we work with our community.”

He emphasized, “This is unaffected by political statements or bravado. We do not support or condone any messages that go counter to the community and constitutional policing principles. That is not who we are.”

Gaithersburg police officers are not only guardians of the law “but also uphold constitutional and moral standards when dealing with violators of the law,” he stated. “I am proud of our officers and how they treat all individuals, no matter who that person is.”

Pepco Plans to Raise Rates

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold two evening public hearings on a request by Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) to increase its electric distribution rates by $68 million. This is an increase of about $7.37 month for the typical residential customer. Pepco provides electricity to about 566,000 customers in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

The evening public hearings are listed below:

Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Prince George’s Community College, Largo Student Center
Room 227 – Community Room B
301 Largo Road
Largo, Maryland 20774

Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Montgomery County Council Office Building Third Floor Hearing Room
100 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, Maryland 20850

The case filings and associated pleadings in the matter are available in the electronic docket file (Case No. 9443), which may be viewed or downloaded at

Written comments may be filed with the PSC by Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, addressed to David J. Collins, Executive Secretary, Maryland Public Service Commission, William Donald Schaefer Tower, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21202. Please reference “Case No. 9443” with all comments. In addition to mailed comments, the public is encouraged to use the Commission’s e-file system at to provide comments in electronic form.