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Hotel Construction Begins, Parking Shrinks in Rockville Town Center

A new website helps drivers find a place to park downtown.

 

Fences are up and available parking is down in the lot in front of Regal Row, the retail strip anchored by the Regal Cinemas in Rockville Town Center.

Construction is set to begin on on the site of the parking lot bounded by East Middle Lane, East Montgomery Avenue, Monroe Street and Maryland Avenue.

The pay-to-park lot, which reaches capacity with patrons of Regal’s 13 movie theaters and Town Center restaurants and businesses on weekends, has been reduced to just 150 spaces, said Rocio Snowdy, a neighborhood resource coordinator with the City of Rockville. Pricing at the lot will remain the same. 

In preparation for the construction, the city has been working with Rockville Economic Development, Inc. to spread the word about the shrinking parking—and to help drivers find a space, Snowdy said.

The website rockvilleparking.com was created to provide a map to parking in Town Center and to help answer frequently asked questions about parking in the city. It provides pricing information for lots and meters and includes information about the construction project and links to the Regal Row merchants, which will remain open throughout construction. Construction is expected to be complete by early spring 2015.

Click here to go to rockvilleparking.com.

The city also is making brochures with the parking information available at city facilities including City Hall, the Rockville Senior Center, the Rockville Memorial Library and in businesses along Regal Row, Snowdy said. Additional signage in Town Center also will direct drivers to parking, she said.

The Reston, VA-based Duball LLC ultimately plans to build 485-multifamily homes, a 140-room Cambria Suites hotel and 40,000 square-feet of street level retail in two high-rise towers on the site. The first phase is to include about 263 residences, the hotel, and 17,000 square feet of street level retail plus public and private parking. When the two towers are completed, they are to include approximately 1,000 parking spaces.

Brigitta Mullican December 01, 2012 at 08:19 PM
How many years has it been when the Rockville City Council discussed this plan? Glad to see it will happen. More business in Rockville will help the local economy.
honestk December 02, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Why doesn't Rockville have a shuttle that circles the whole city? Parking wouldn't be a problem if people could ride the bus, but depending on Ride On buses that run every 30 minutes and don't run at night is a bad joke,
Tom Rossing December 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Talk about being out of synch. Last Thursday night the RTC held several events that created a draw to rival the Fourth of July fireworks display. Only this time the traffic and parking problems were getting in not out of the events. Not only the lighting of the "Holiday Tree", but several restaurants held events that drew extra patrons to the square, and everything began during rush hour. What added insult to injury was the lack of parking exacerbated by the fenced off future hotel site. Common sense and logic would have suggested the city officials coordinate with the developer to leave the lot accessible until the end of the week, thereby opening of many more parking spaces. Two nights laters a smattering of cars could be seen using this same area. This situation exhibited real poor planning. There's no other explanation.
Bonnie Zimmerman January 17, 2013 at 04:20 PM
No matter what else you do, do not EVER take away the Rockville RegalCinema. It's the cleanest, most comfortable theatre around this area. Bethesda, and Germantown have nothing on our Cinema, or the people who work there.

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