The Kentlands Firehouse RFP committee presented its ideas for the redevelopment of the property at a mayor and city council work session Monday night in Gaithersburg.
The committee, tasked with compiling a non-exclusive list of potential uses for the Firehouse property, used a "Choosing by Advantages" (CAB) method— in which they weighed different variables and multiplied results to create a score for each idea. The full presentation can be viewed on the City of Gaithersburg website.
They considered proposals involving reuse or redevelopment, which would involve demolition.
Based on the committee's CAB formula, they created a rankings list which suggested reusing the building as private residential, private co-working offices and private single tenant offices as the top 3 options for the property.
Other options for the property, in order of their rank, are: reuse as private art studios, reuse as public co-working office, redevelopment into private residential, reuse as public city classes, reuses public art studios, reuse as public single tenant office, reuse as a park, reuse as an event venue annex to Kentlands Mansion, reuse as a bed and breakfast or small inn and redevelopment as a vacant lot.
SPEAK OUT: How do you think the Kentlands Firehouse property should be redeveloped? Do you agree with the committee's recommendations to Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz and the city council? Tell us in the comments!