Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Stonestreet corridor study to launch tonight in Rockville

The City of Rockville will launch a study of the Stonestreet corridor in East Rockville tonight, May 2, 2017, at 7:00 PM, at the Lincoln Park Community Center, located at 357 Frederick Avenue in Rockville. An area of about 150 acres will be studied between Westmore Road, and the dead-end of South Stonestreet Avenue.

There are several controversial properties within the study area. One is the Board of Education site, widely considered an eyesore, and which Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton has made a priority for redevelopment. Recently, yet another development proposal for the former WINX-AM radio site failed to garner support from city officials. WMATA owns land around its station toward the south end of the study area. And Montgomery County recently made a rash decision to secretly buy property on Westmore Avenue, only to have instant buyer's remorse when their MCPS bus depot scheme was blasted by residents.

The study will examine sites ready for redevelopment in the short and long-term, land-use compatibility, and improving relationships between residential properties and commercial-industrial uses.

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