Lowe’s Put on Notice

Merchandise piled up in these Kentlands parking spaces is a violation of the site plan, according to city officials.

Finding a parking space at Lowe’s was a little more difficult on June 3 and the weekend following as merchandise was piled up in many of the parking spaces surrounding two sides of the building.

Gaithersburg’s Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Roman said the situation is a violation of the current site plan, and he reports the city put store officials on notice to remove the merchandise by the following Tuesday.

According to Roman, the violation can result in a fine of $200.

Just three months ago, the Gaithersburg Planning Commission granted an additional 11 space parking waiver so the company could add 2,200 square feet of storage and receiving area for warehousing. The store was already previously granted a 36-space waiver, according to minutes from that meeting.

Planning Commissioner Leonard Levy was the only one to vote against the parking waiver and voiced concerns at that time about the company’s practice of storing extra merchandise in the parking areas.

Roman said he was not aware of the planning commissioner’s concerns with enforcement.

According to city records, Lowe’s has been fined thousands of dollars over the past 15 years for similar site plan violations.