KENTLANDS NEW TOWN Gaithersburg, Maryland
In 1987, Joe Alfandre purchased the 352-acre Kentlands farm, surrounded by conventional suburban office parks, townhouse subdivisions, strip shopping centers, and the 443-acre National Geographic Society property .
Following the 1988 charrette by Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company, Kentlands was rezoned to provide, in addition to new neighborhoods, a commercial center for the region. In response to the original requirement to make the center a shopping mall, and later a shopping center, numerous designs were developed to integrate these distinct and inflexible retail types with a traditional main street. One of the objectives, however, was that the retail connect to the network of Kentlands’ neighborhoods, allowing residents to walk from one to the other. The transition from neighborhood to regional retail was facilitated by higher density residential and three-story “live/work” buildings containing shops, offices, and apartments.v
The Old Farm neighborhood was centered on the original Kent homestead. The Mansion is available for business meetings, conferences, weddings, etc, and the Barn has been renovated as a Cultural Arts Center. New streets are an extension of Mr. Kent’s picturesque siting of his house, barns, and outbuildings. The Gatehouse neighborhood centers on a circle formed by the elementary school, a church, a corner store, a child-care facility, two rows of townhouses, and single-family homes. From this center a pattern of streets follows gently sloping landscape into the neighborhood. The Lake District includes three small residential neighborhoods each located between wetland fingers and centered on wooded greens. The Hill District, centered on the Kentlands Clubhouse, overlooks the other neighborhoods and the lakes.
MICHAEL GRAVES & ASSOCIATES with DUANY PLATER-ZYBERK AND COMPANY