Development Plan Proposed For 72 Stacked Townhouses (With green Space) at Central Ave in Gaithersburg

One Central LLC has submitted a schematic development plan that proposes 72 stacked townhouse (2-over-2) units along with green amenity space in Gaithersburg. Per the plans submitted to the City of Gaithersburg, the Property is located at the northeast quadrant of the intersection of Central Avenue with South Frederick Avenue. Nearby and vicinal uses (on the north) include the Devol Funeral Home and surface parking lot; (on the west) South Frederick Avenue; (on the south) single family housing structures believed occupied by office/employment use;, and (on the east) Unity of Gaithersburg Church, Rockville Evangelical Church, and single family residential.

South Frederick Avenue in this location is a six lane divided highway with an additional turning lane at W. Deer Park Road. Nearby uses across South Frederick Avenue from the Property include the Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church, Epworth United Methodist Church and preschool, large surface parking lots, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Crystal Community Church, the Deer Park Office Center and the Barkley Apartments. South of and within 1⁄4 mile of the Property are a variety of retail uses accessible via an existing sidewalk along South Frederick Avenue including the Walnut Hill Shopping Center and the former Weis Food Market, banking services and other retailers and restaurants.

The Applicant proposes to redevelop the Property with 72 2-over-2 condominium units (“Project”). The Project will visually enhance a primary southern entryway into the City, provide needed housing resources, and supply additional customers for local businesses. The new housing will include 15% affordable housing units. These units will be served by existing public transit and will be within walking distance to existing shopping opportunities. As part of the Project, open space and environmentally sensitive areas will be protected.

The Project will convert residential property developed many years ago at a very low, almost rural density, into an attractive new housing resource for the City that also preserves existing environmental resources. The Project will reinforce the southern entranceway into the City by creating a strong street edge at the corner of Central Avenue and South Frederick Avenue, while introducing higher densities appropriate to the Property’s proximity to South Frederick Avenue.

The Project will include 72 2-over-2 rear loaded condominium units of 24-foot widths. The units will be developed in three distinct areas of the Property. Each of these areas will be linked to the other by a new internal natural surface trail system that weaves its way through the environmental area. Attractive seating and interpretive signage will be placed along the trail at appropriate locations describing environmental features.

All units will be accessed off private alleyways. A new public road connection between Central Avenue and South Frederick Avenue will also be provided, along with new sidewalks and on-street parking. Units will present as a 4-story façade with each unit comprising two floors within the building. Buildings will be constructed out of attractive and durable materials including brick and/or cultured stone veneer accents in combination with vinyl siding in numerous color combinations. All units will front on streets. For high visibility units, additional architectural treatments available to purchasers will include one story brick and/or stone veneer; a minimum of seven windows on high visibility facades; enhanced landscaping packages; gable vents; and enhanced window trim and decorative Fypon head pieces above windows.”

A consolidated joint public hearing will be scheduled at a future time. Comments on this application may either be mailed to 31 South Summit Avenue, Gaithersburg MD, 20877 or sent to [email protected]. Additional information can be found on the City of Gaithersburg website.

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17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Now in its 17th year, the Kensington Day of the Book Festival is a family-friendly street festival featuring 150+ renowned authors, poets, and literary organizations. Enjoy live music on five stages, special guest speakers, military veteran writers and comedians, poetry readings, cookbook demos, children's program, and much more.

Admission is free, and attendees will also be able to explore a marketplace of books and food offerings from local vendors.

Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

17th Annual Kensington Day of the Book Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

www.dayofthebook.com

Instagram: @kensingtonbookfestival

Contact: Elisenda Sola-Sole, Festival Director

[email protected]

301-949-9416 (text preferred)

FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival

Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

Let the enticing aromas of mouthwatering Caribbean dishes tantalize your taste buds. Feast on traditional delicacies prepared by expert chefs, showcasing the rich and diverse culinary heritage of the Caribbean. Indulge in flavorful jerk chicken, succulent seafood, and delectable plantain dishes that will transport you straight to the islands.

Accompanying the culinary extravaganza is a carefully curated selection of premium wines, ensuring the perfect pairing for your palate. Sip on fine wines from renowned vineyards, each sip a reflection of the Caribbean's vibrant spirit. Discover new flavors, expand your wine knowledge, and savor unforgettable moments with every glass.

As the sun sets, get ready to groove to the infectious rhythms of Caribbean music. Feel the pulsating beats of reggae, soca, dancehall, and calypso, moving your body to the lively melodies. Live performances by talented musicians and performers will keep the energy high, ensuring a night of unforgettable entertainment.

Don't miss this opportunity to embrace the Caribbean spirit and celebrate the arrival of spring in style! Tickets are available on AllEvents, so secure your spot today. Join us at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival, where cultures collide and unforgettable memories are made.

LIVE PERFORMANCES By: CULTURE Feat. Kenyatta Hill, EXCO LEVI, IMAGE BAND, RAS LIDJ REGG'GO with Special Guest SUGAR BEAR FROM E.U. & MORE! & MORE!

MUSIC By: DJ ABLAZE, DJ SMALLY & NAJ SUPREME

2 NIGHT Camping packages available: RV/CAMPER $200 | TENTS $150 Starting on Friday May 17 @ 5pm | 30 RV SPACES | 30+ TENT SPACES

KIDS 12 & UNDER FREE!!!

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