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JBG Reveals Updated Plans for Downtown Rockville

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The JBG Companies, who are currently building a large complex of offices, residences, and stores around the Twinbrook Metro station, are also working on a portion of downtown Rockville that’s slated as phase two of the Town Center.  The 2008 economic downturn slowed development considerably but is now picking up, as evidenced by the construction of the corporate headquarters of Choice Hotels.  JBG owns the former Giant Grocery store at 275 North Washington Street (across from the Beall’s Grant Apartments) and has been exploring various uses for this vacant building and adjoining parking lot.  Today, they shared the following plans:

New shopping, apartments and offices are slated for an overlooked city block in Rockville’s downtown, offering the opportunity to energize a long-vacant Giant grocery store site and adjoining tracts. The JBG Companies is proposing to demolish the grocery store and build new offices and shopping as a complement to busy Rockville Town Square next door. JBG has shared its plans with multiple audiences including neighbors, city officials, community groups and civic users.

“We are fortunate to have strong support from neighbors and businesses alike who have long been asking for renewed vigor in this part of downtown Rockville,” said Anthony Greenberg, a JBG official. “Redeveloping this property is an excellent opportunity to Continue reading →

Town Square adds Tile Mural on Washington Street

Judith Inglese fitting the tile into place.

Judith Inglese fitting the tile into place.

For a change of pace from the election, have you noticed that Judith Inglese is installing a wonderful ceramic mural depicting the history of Rockville on the wall facing Washington Street in the Town Square?  Her handcut and glazed tiles fit together as a puzzle (not just squares of painted tile) and includes bas relief elements.  When you see it, it may remind you of the cafeteria mural at Twinbrook Elementary School (1987), two murals at Luxmanor Elementary School (1989), and the entry plinth at the Senior Center (1998)–those are her works as well.  She is currently in the midst of installing the second of three murals and she was happy to chat when I stopped by (but she’s on a schedule and working with grout, so don’t talk too long!).  When she’s finished, you’re not only going to enjoy seeing it, but touching it as well.  What a marvelous addition to our city’s public art collection!

Judith trained at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, Italy, the Boston Museum School of Fine Art, and Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York where she received her bachelor’s degree. As a student at Sarah Lawrence, she was memorably encouraged by her art professor to go as far away from New York City as possible in order to more freely develop her individual craft. She ended up in the serenity of Leverett, Massachusetts where she currently lives with her family, two dogs and more than a handful of chickens.