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Border Wars: Gaithersburg, Rockville Fight Over Shady Grove Site

The Montgomery County Council plans to vote Tuesday on the City of Gaithersburg's proposed zoning change of a near 28-acre property outside city limits.

Shady Grove Road has served as the official boundary separating Gaithersburg and Rockville since a 1992 memorandum of understanding between the cities, but a Montgomery County Council vote scheduled for next Tuesday threatens to render the memorandum moot, The Washington Examiner reported.

Gaithersburg is attempting to annex two properties, , totaling 27.9 acres and owned by Sears and Roebuck Co. It was previously home to the now-closed Great Indoors.

The property is currently part of Montgomery County, with an address of unincorporated Gaithersburg.

Sears plans to remain on the property, using it for retail and offices, according the Examiner, but it would require a zoning change that is easier if the property is within Gaithersburg city limits.

To counter, , Patch reported.

The annexation would have the effect of "cutting Sears off so that Gaitherburg's city limits and the proposed addition are no longer contiguous," the Examiner report states.

Glenn Kreger, chief of the county's Area 2 Planning Division, told the Examiner the fight is going to come down to whomever approves the annexation first.

For more information, read the full report on the Washington Examiner.

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Laron. Broadwater July 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Having lived locally in both areas, I think of the property more as a Rockville address.
Danny Williams July 27, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Did you read that memorandum of understanding? Did you notice that the phrase "Shady Grove Road" never appears in the document?
Sean Carr July 27, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Time to dig into my repertoire of lefty slogans: "No Sears lot, no peace." "What do we want?" "A mutually agreed upon border acknowledged by the county planning division." "When do we want it?" "Now!"
Luckyperson July 27, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I believe we should Shady Grove Hospital should be annexed as well as the Sears location.
Jeff Banagan August 01, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Gotta agree with you on that one. If Rockville tries so hard to stick with Shady Grove Road being the official boundary between the two cities, then I guess the City of Rockville won't have anything to say if Gaithersburg annexes the area where Shady Grove Hospital is located. Yet the hospital uses a Rockville address. The Sears property has been using a Gaithersburg zipcode (20877) for ages. Why not just allow them to annex it?

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