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ROCKSHIRE VILLAGE CENTER MEETING
Posted on May 13th, 2019

On May 9, 2019, the City of Rockville organized a community meeting to discuss the future of the Rockshire Village Center site located at Wootton Parkway and Hurley Avenue.  There were over 100 people in attendance including Mayor Bridget Newton, Councilmembers Beryl Feinberg and Mark Pierzchala, City Manager Rob DiSpirito, and multiple members of the City of Rockville’s planning department.
 
Cindy Kebba and David Levy, who made a presentation at the Fallsmead Community Meeting in April, explained that the owners of the property have a lease with Giant for seven years and Giant has an option to renew it for another ten years.  The Rockshire Homeowners Association has a deed for 30 parking spots at the site and the Korean Presbyterian Church and Wootton High School both lease parking spaces at the location.  The owners, however, are interested in developing the property and Giant has conveyed to City officials that they are willing to break their lease.
 
The meeting was facilitated by Rhodeside & Harwell, an urban design firm, to build on past meetings relating to the site and obtain a consensus regarding the community’s concerns and wishes for the site.  Groups of 10 to 12 community members discussed these issues and presented them to the facilitators and other community members.  The consulting firm will meet with the owner during the week of May 13, 2019, and then have a joint meeting on May 20, 2019.  
 
The community appeared to have a consensus as to some of the concerns about any proposed development – concerns about increased traffic and the impact on the local schools from any residential development.  The community also appeared to have a consensus as to what was wanted from any development – a community center with green space, small business retail, services for seniors and for children, an option that could partner with Wootton High School.  Many community members were opposed to any residential development, but some community members were accepting of some residential development if it came with the commercial development they desired.
 
The consultants are continuing to seek community input and asked for community members to fill out a short survey found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/Rockshire1.