Recommendation Scheduled for Two Residential Buildings (Commercial Ground Floor) at Bruster’s Shopping Center in Gaithersburg This March

by MCS Staff

KIMCO Realty submitted Zoning Map Amendment application Z-8911-2021 and associated Concept Plan application SP-8910-2021, proposing to rezone 18501 North Frederick Avenue from C-2 (General Commercial) to CD (Corridor Development) and develop two multi-family residential buildings with ground floor commercial uses.

The shopping center is known as “Gaithersburg S.C.” and is home to MoCo’s only Bruster’s Ice Cream and Floor & Decor in the space that was once occupied by Hechinger. A new restaurant, Corner Pizza & Subs, signed on earlier this year to take over the space that was home to the first Classic Bakery location.

The concept plan proposes up to a total of 580 residential units and up to 48,000 square feet of commercial uses, along with open and amenity spaces. No word on what would happen to existing tenants at the moment.

A consolidated joint public hearing was held on January 18, 2022. The Planning Commission’s records for both applications will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday, February 18, 2022, with recommendation scheduled for March 2, 2022. The Mayor & City Council’s records for both applications will remain open until 5 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2022, with policy discussion scheduled for April 4, 2022. Comments may be submitted via email,, or mailed to the Planning & Code Administration, 31 S Summit Ave Gaithersburg, MD 20877 up until the closing of the records.

Below you’ll see renderings of what Kimco would like to build in place of the current shopping center.


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