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City makes changes to Chestnut Lodge zoning tract

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ROCKVILLE – The City Council Monday night decided to facilitate City plans to develop the historic Chestnut Lodge property into a public park.

The Rockville City Council voted 4-0-1, with Mayor Bridgett Donnell Newton voting to abstain, to file a local map amendment to rezone the area around Chestnut Lodge. In July, City officials acquired the three parcels of land on West Montgomery Avenue that make up the Chestnut Lodge property, with the intention of turning the site of the former 19th century psychiatric institution Chestnut Lodge into a public park.

Council member Mark Pierzchala said he specifically wanted to amend the City’s Planned Residential Unit (PRU), or zoning.

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Rockville finalizes Chestnut Lodge deal

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ROCKVILLE – A deal to transfer the land at Chestnut Lodge to the City of Rockville is almost finally done after the City Council unanimously voted to give the go-ahead to the City manager to execute the final contract.

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Chestnut Lodge back before Rockville Council

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ROCKVILLE – More than 10 residents and community members told the council they should not allow townhouses to be built at the site of the former Chestnut Lodge during a public hearing Monday.

Developer JNP Chestnut Lodge LLC’s revised plan would include six town homes constructed on the site of the former Chestnut Lodge sanatorium. The council previously voted 3-2 against an earlier townhouse plan, forcing the developer to restart the application process.

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WECA activism pays off in Rockville

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ROCKVILLE – Politicians and non-elected citizen leaders agree: if you want to win on public policy and political issues, it helps to be well-organized.

For the West End Citizens Associations, organization is one of the hallmarks for the group consisting of local residents in the historic part of the city between Interstate 270 and the Town Center property.

The group could declare at least partial victories last month on two public policy issues that consumed the city politics for months: Chestnut Lodge and the school bus depot.

Carver Coalition Vice President Eric Fulton described WECA’s members as “very organized” and “very passionate.”

“If I have learned anything as a member of the Carver Coalition since February, it's a group of organized, well-informed, active and loud citizens can accomplish quite a bit,” he said.

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Rockville hits reset on Chestnut Lodge townhouses

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ROCKVILLE – A controversial plan to build seven townhouses at Chestnut Lodge is now being pared down to six townhouses.

However, the developer will need to start the application process over again before the City Council decides whether to approve it.

“We’re not thrilled about starting over again,” said Stephen Orens, an attorney representing the developer. “So much of it has been vetted over and over and over and over again.”

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Rockville says "NO" to Chestnut Lodge

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CNLChestnut Lodge before the 2009 fire. COURTESY PHOTO

ROCKVILLE -- Townhouses will not be built at the historic Chestnut Lodge site, at least any time soon.

On Monday, the City Council rejected a proposal to build seven townhouses the site of the former main building by a 3-2 vote.

West End Civic Association citizens overwhelmingly testified against the proposal, including sticking "Not Townhouses on Historic Chestnut Lodge" in their front lawns.

Meanwhile, the Planning Commission also recommended disapproval of the project.

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Residents propose rebuilding historic Chestnut Lodge

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CNLChestnut Lodge before the 2009 fire. COURTESY PHOTO

ROCKVILLE – Local residents spoke out Monday against a proposal to build seven townhouses at the site of the historic Chestnut Lodge, saying they would rather the building lost to a fire be reconstructed.

Meanwhile, three people representing the developer JNP Chestnut Lodge LLC, defended the proposal, saying it's the most practical way forward.

City staff recommended the public record be kept open until May 6 with a discussion by council on May 16 and a resolution on June 17.

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