Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tennis club, ISKCON signal changes to their properties

Gazette: Two Potomac properties with plans for change will be on the agenda when the West Montgomery County Citizens Association meets Wednesday.
They are the Potomac Tennis Club on Potomac Tennis Lane and the Hare Krishna Temple, also known as ISKCON of D.C., on Oaklyn Drive.
Representatives from both have contacted WMCCA to alert the group of the hope of future changes and each will share their vision at the 7:15 p.m. meeting at the Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road.
Neither of the property owners have submitted plans to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, but Ginny Barnes, president of WMCCA, said it is important for the group to know early about proposed changes.
“We provide a forum for the public to learn about and ask questions regarding the development review process, any far reaching impacts to neighborhoods and compliance with the Potomac Subregion Master Plan,” she wrote in the association’s November newsletter.
Ananda Bloch, community president of ISKCON (International Society of Krishna Consciousness), said the group would like to build a new, larger temple and increase the number of resident staff from 16 to 20 or 30 on the 12-acre site.
“We are in the very, very preliminary stage,” she said. “Finances and planning take time. We hope it will happen in the next five to 10 years.”
She said they will be presenting their plans at the WMCCA because the group has asked to be kept informed.
“We want to make sure our neighbors can share their concerns,” she said.
Helen Marshall, owner of the 4-acre Potomac Tennis Club property, is represented by Rockville-based public relations and marketing firm Maier & Warner.
Barnes said in the newsletter that Maier & Warner contacted WMCCA about rezoning the property.
“There really isn’t a lot of information. It’s just a courtesy call to let [neighbors] know of the possibility of change,” Kris Warner said.
Jeff Wilke, the Potomac Tennis Club manager, said Marshall is trying to get a zoning change.
“It is probably more valuable as land to a developer than as a tennis club,” he said. “But it’s not for sale. It’s going to be years.”
The property is now zoned RE-2, which is Residential Estate, two acres.

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