City Scene

Full Pedestrian Connectivity Coming Soon to Quince Orchard Road

Pedestrians will soon enjoy full connectivity along Quince Orchard Road from Great Seneca Highway to Clopper Road. This project, conceived of 26 years ago, is in its final stages with construction anticipated to begin this fall.

The Maryland State Highway Administration, Montgomery County, the City of Gaithersburg, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are all involved in creating the missing piece of path on the east side of Quince Orchard Road from approximately Dosh Drive to West Diamond Avenue in front of the NIST campus. At its July 2 Mayor and City Council meeting, the council voted unanimously to authorize the city manager to negotiate and execute a Revocable Maintenance License Agreement that spells out the various responsibilities and commitments of each entity involved in the path project.

Spiegel Named Daily Record 2018 VIP

The Daily Record has named Gaithersburg Council Vice President Ryan Spiegel to the 2018 VIP List — Very Important Professionals Successful by 40 awards.

The Daily Record created the VIP List in 2011 to recognize professionals 40 years of age and younger who have been successful in Maryland. Winners, chosen by a panel of previous VIP List honorees and business leaders, were selected on the basis of professional accomplishments, community service and commitment to inspiring change.

The winners will be honored Sept. 13 at Gertrude’s, the Baltimore Museum of Art. They will also be profiled in the Sept. 14 issue of The Daily Record.

Olde Towne Plaza Ribbon Cutting Planned

Join City of Gaithersburg elected officials on July 26, 11:45 a.m. for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the newest addition to Olde Towne. The Olde Towne Plaza, located at 1 South Summit Ave. next to the B&O Railroad Station and Freight Shed, is a welcoming gathering space with benches, Adirondack chairs, umbrellas, and an interactive water feature. Come to cool off in the fountain and enjoy icy treats.

Total cost for the new plaza is $2 million. Most of the funding, $1.6 million, came from the city. In addition, $200,000 came from Community Legacy Grants, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development, and $200,000 came from Maryland Capital Project Grants.

Tour Benjamin Gaither Center

The Benjamin Gaither Center, 80 Bureau Drive A, will hold an open house on July 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take a tour of the fitness center, listen to a presentation highlighting the senior center’s programs, and sample a 20-minute fitness class.

City Considers Changes to Code on Elections

At its July 16 meeting, the Mayor and City Council discussed changes to amend Chapter 6C of the City Code, entitled, “Elections.” Same-day voter registration, extension of the election cycle from 45 to 75 days, and changing time for certification of elections results from 48 hours to 7 days from close of polls were all proposed. The city would like public input on these proposed revisions. The record will be held open until 5 p.m. on July 27. Please email