City Scene

Lakeforest Mall Sears Site Sold

The Lakeforest Mall Sears site was sold to Northwood Investors on May 18. Northwood paid $4 million for the property.

New Way to Cool Off in Olde Towne

Just in time for warm summer temperatures, Olde Towne Plaza’s new interactive water feature has opened. Located adjacent to the B&O Railroad Station and Freight Shed, the water feature’s hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday through Sept. 2.  The water feature is closed on Mondays.

Chase at Quince Orchard Final Site Plan Approved

At its regular meeting on June 20, the Planning Commission approved the Final Site Plan for The Chase at Quince Orchard, a new 106 unit residential community for the property located at 12311 Darnestown Road. The property was annexed into the city by the Johnson family in 2017.  

Arts Barn Voted One of Best Community Theaters in Montgomery County

Montgomery Magazine announced on June 22 that the Arts Barn was voted by readers as one of the best community theaters in the county. The upcoming July/August publication of the magazine commends the Arts Barn on this accolade.

Each season, Arts on the Green solicits production proposals for the Theater Series at the Arts Barn, and accepted productions become part of the Theater Arts Partnership Program (TAPP). A production partnership is created between the production company and the Arts Barn/City of Gaithersburg.

The unique program provides TAPP partners affordable, quality production space while helping the city fulfill its commitment to a robust arts and cultural environment for its residents.

Upcoming TAPP productions include “Heard It Through the Grapevine – A Tribute to Motown” in partnership with The Finest! Performance Foundation, Inc. and “Little Women (The Musical)” in partnership with Wildwood Summer Theatre.

Spiegel Elected Maryland Municipal League President-Elect

The membership of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) elected Gaithersburg City Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel as president-elect at the organization’s annual conference in Ocean City, Maryland. Spiegel will automatically assume the presidency of MML following his one-year term as president-elect.

Spiegel served as MML’s statewide legislative committee chair this past year, leading the effort to develop and implement a strategy that resulted in the restoration of guaranteed, predictable Highway User Revenues, a critical transportation funding source for all local governments in Maryland that MML has been working to restore for nine years. Other legislative priorities included amending the Maryland Public Information Act to protect the privacy of emails and cellphone numbers when residents sign up for e-newsletters and emergency alerts, and defeating a bill that would have preempted local authority to regulate permitting and siting for small cell telecommunication facilities in municipal rights-of-way.

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