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Apply for Improvement Matching Grant

Neighborhood groups and HOAs are encouraged to apply for the Frederick J. Felton Neighborhood Matching Grant program. The program provides an incentive for neighborhood organizations to improve their communities by awarding dollar-for-dollar matching grants of up to $5,000. A total of $60,000 is allocated for this purpose in the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget.

Neighborhood groups and associations have used these funds for such things as sidewalk enhancement, lighting upgrades, signage, fence replacement, parking lot enhancements, community block parties and even neighborhood birdhouses.
Application forms are available online under the “City Manager” button in the “Government” section at The deadline to apply is July 16.

For more information on the program, please contact Monica Marquina at

Comment on the Corridor Development Zone

The city is seeking public input about the use and purpose of the Corridor Development (CD) Zone to help determine whether or not it needs to be revised.

Created to implement the Frederick Avenue Corridor Land Use Plan, adopted in 2001, the CD Zone establishes standards and processes for development within the zone and is meant to encourage a mix of housing, restaurants, stores and offices that would revitalize the Corridor (a four-mile stretch of Route 355 in Gaithersburg). While the Land Use Plan envisioned the entire Corridor being zoned CD, there are currently several differing zones along the Corridor, each with its own unique development requirements.

Learn more about this effort and take the 12-question online survey at
For more information or to send additional comments, contact the CD Zone Planning Team at

Olde Towne Plaza Open

Just in time for warmer weather, the newly redesigned Olde Towne Plaza is now open. A ceremonial ribbon cutting will be planned for a later date. Located at the intersection of Summit and Diamond avenues in the city’s historic commercial center, the plaza features an umbrella forest, a patio near the train station, and removable furniture so the space can be used for unique activities. The highlight is a splash fountain, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer’s day. Amenities will be added over time.