Community Invited to Preview Proposed Plans for Former CPSC Site

Hello Neighbors,

Here is the latest with regards to the former CPSC site that borders our neighborhood at 10901 Darnestown Road (click here for aerial view):

Press release from the City of Gaithersburg:
An ad hoc committee comprised of eleven volunteers and City staff members has been working to develop proposals for the public use of the former Consumer Production Safety Commission property at 10901 Darnestown Road. The 9.5 acre site was acquired from the federal government in 2014.

The Ad Hoc Committee will host an on-site Open House on Wednesday, June 8 from 6:30 to 7 p.m. to allow the public to tour the site and see renderings of the proposed new park. This will be a followed by a formal a presentation at 7 p.m., where there will be opportunity for questions. The presentation takes place in the warehouse building on the property.

Formed in July of 2015, the Committee is charged with proposing possible name(s) for the park, reviewing information about existing site conditions, advising the City on ways to engage the community in the project, identifying stakeholder concerns, ensuring that design recommendations take into account both crime prevention and environmentally sensitive practices, making recommendations for the repurposing and/or redevelopment of the property, discussing trail connectivity, examining and incorporating the history of the site as appropriate, and working with staff and the architect/consultant on making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

A presentation to the Mayor and City Council is planned for the summer of 2016. For more information please visit the City Projects page here.

Washingtonian Woods residents Liz Rubenstein, David Belgard, and Laurent Berman all serve on the Ad Hoc Committee.  This open house is a great opportunity for members of our community to engage with the City, the Committee and to learn more about the future use of this land that borders our neighborhood. A downloadable flyer for the Open House can be found here.

Thank you,
Glenn Watts
Board of Directors, Washingtonian Woods HOA