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Photo | Kimco Realty Among the improvements planned for Kentlands Market Square is a pedestrian walkway or paseo featuring restaurants with outside dining and boutiques.

Photo | Kimco Realty
Among the improvements planned for Kentlands Market Square is a pedestrian walkway or paseo featuring restaurants with outside dining and boutiques.

QOP NEWS

Kimco to Present Plans for Kentlands Market Square

Kimco Realty, owners of Kentlands Market Square, will present their construction plans to the Board and QOP residents at the next Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 9, 7 p.m. Please note that there is no Board meeting in December.

TMGA Has Seen the Community Grow

Ruchita Patel, community manager for Quince Orchard Park, has seen the community grow from its phase II construction period in 2003 through today with its clubhouse renovation and expanded fitness room. Patel and two other staff members—co-community manager Alex Deering and executive assistant Marylou Bono—take care of the physical and financial aspects of the community, make sure that the community complies with all laws, and manage community affairs.

“The biggest challenge in 2003 was that the community was still under construction,” Patel said. “All of phase II had not been built out yet.” She worked with the developer and the City of Gaithersburg to make sure that the developer didn’t leave the community saddled with issues like drainage problems. “For two years, we held the developer’s feet to the fire,” she said. During this time, TMGA forged a strong relationship with the city.

Then came the community’s formative years when the Board, management company and homeowners worked to create community rules and design guidelines. This involved a lot of resident feedback, Patel recalled, with the Board tweaking proposed rules so that the community might run as efficiently as possible. Design guidelines were especially important to maintain standards and control how the community looks as it gets older.

The community came together again to oppose the large development proposed for the Vistas, Patel said. An ad hoc homeowners group, the Board and the management company made the city aware of QOP residents’ concerns, and proposed Vistas residences were whittled down to a more acceptable number.

When the Vistas community was built, TMGA shared copies of QOP rules with them. The QOP Board reached out to the Vistas HOA.

Most recently, TMGA worked with the QOP Board to renovate the clubhouse and expand its fitness room. This challenge involved meeting with engineers, negotiating with contractors, and making sure that construction was as convenient as possible for homeowners.

Through it all, Patel said she has gotten to know most QOP residents and enjoys talking to them on community streets or in the fitness room. She and Deering are onsite at least three times a week, meeting with contractors, following up on complaints and resolving problems. They are working to keep the community looking good.

For a more mature community, QOP “looks fabulous,” Patel said.

‘Warm Coats Warm Hearts’ Coat Drive Planned

Francesca Gianaris, QOP resident and RE/MAX Metropolitan Realty agent, and her colleague Chuck Wilson will be collecting donations for coats, scarves and gloves beginning Friday, Dec. 1 through Monday, Jan. 15. Please call Gianaris or Wilson to arrange a pickup. If you need a charitable receipt for tax purposes, please request this ahead of time. All donations will be distributed to local charities.

You can reach Francesca Gianaris at 301.633.4199, and Chuck Wilson at 301.704.0520.

Deck the Halls!

The popular Holiday Home Decorating Contest returns, but with a twist! This year residents will have additional time to decorate and will be asked to vote for their favorite from a Board-selected slate of five homes.

Just decorate your home by Dec. 18 to be considered for the contest. The QOP Board will select the top five entries, and photos of the homes will be featured on the new QOP website. Residents are invited to visit the website, view selected homes and vote on their favorite between Dec. 26 and Jan. 3. Winners will be announced in the Jan. 19 issue of Park Pages. Recognized homes will receive $100 (first place), $75 (second place), and $50 (third place) Lowe’s gift cards.

Recycle Your Christmas Trees

Christmas trees will be picked up by the city’s recycling contractor on regular recycling days. Just remember to meet the following conditions:

  • Put trees curbside next to your recycling containers by 7 a.m. on regular recycling days.
  • Trees must be in their natural state.
  • Remove all decorations, including tinsel and angel hair.
  • Be sure there is no metal attached to the tree.
  • Do not wrap trees in plastic.
  • Artificial trees will not be recycled.
  • Trees with root balls will not be recycled.
  • Trees will only be picked up from residences. Do not take the trees to other sites such as schools or public buildings.

Chance of Snow

Last winter was mild, but do you remember waking up on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2015 to more than 30 inches of snow? If there’s any constant in Maryland weather, it’s that our weather is constantly changing. As the saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Maryland, just wait 5 minutes!”

So come winter, Marylanders know that it pays to be prepared.

In Quince Orchard Park, the Community Association plows the clubhouse parking lot and sidewalks, alleys off Winter Walk Drive (to the left of 216, in front of 219-243 and in front of 337- 345), Highland Ridge Mews and Elmira Mews. The Community Association also clears all (non-Mill Green Avenue) perimeter sidewalks, parallel to condominium buildings.

All other non-condominium QOP streets and parking spaces are plowed by the City of Gaithersburg’s Department of Public Works. Visit the city’s snow preparedness page, www. gaithersburgmd.gov/services/public-works/snow-removal-policies, for important information. During a snowstorm, you can direct all snow-related correspondence only to snow@ gaithersburgmd.gov. This site will be monitored during significant storms and city staff will triage the issues and respond accordingly.

QOP Condo I and Condo II are responsible for snow removal from all condominium drives and alleys, sidewalks leading to front doors (lead walks), sidewalks on both sides of Mill Green Avenue, parallel to buildings and in front of parking spaces, all interior condo sidewalks and walkways including walkways to mailboxes. Snow removal contact information: QOP call 301.948.6666; QOP I and QOP II call 240.632.0001, City of Gaithersburg call 240.805.1345.

MANAGEMENT MENTIONS

Trash and Recycling

Trash is collected on Tuesday and Friday and must be placed in lidded trash cans. If left for collection in bags only, trash is ripped open by animals and strewn throughout the community. Continued use of bags may result in fines.

Recycling is picked up on Fridays. Containers with lids are now available from the City of Gaithersburg. Please contact the city at 301.258.6370 to have a lidded bin delivered and the old one picked up.

Please remember that trash cans and recycle bins must be stored out of sight on non-pickup days.

The City of Gaithersburg offers bulk trash pickup (furniture, appliances, mattresses, etc.) on the first recycling day of the month. The next bulk trash pickup is Friday,
Jan. 5. The City of Gaithersburg and Potomac Disposal (301.294.9700) both offer collection services for bulk items at no cost.

Dog Duty

Cleaning up after dogs is the legal responsibility of every canine owner walking a dog in the community. Dogs are not permitted off-leash on common property in the City of Gaithersburg.

QOP Management Contact Info

Quince Orchard Park Community Manager Ruchita Patel
Co-Manager Alex Deering
c/o The Management Group Associates, Inc.
20440 Century Boulevard, Suite 100 Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 301.948.6666

MEETING CALENDAR

Jan. 9—QOP Board of Directors Meeting, QOP Clubhouse, 7 p.m.

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