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Posted on: May 20, 2016

Community Members Wanted for King Farm Farmstead Task Force

Group Will Suggest Uses and Funding Sources to the Mayor and Council

Rockville, Maryland, May 20 – The Mayor and Council are seeking three community members for a task force that will identify the best uses for the King Farm Farmstead and funding sources for developing the historic property. The community members cannot live in King Farm. The King Farm Citizens Assembly will nominate three King Farm residents.

The 7-acre farmstead, which was dedicated to the city for use as a public park, includes two large dairy barns, a garage, the main farm house, a community garden and several smaller buildings at 1101 Grand Champion Drive. At the direction of the Mayor and Council, the city conducted an assessment of the facilities’ conditions in 2014. The Fiscal Year 2017 budget, which takes effect July 1, includes funding to improve the structural integrity of the dairy barns.

As proposed, the task force will be a citizen-led body representing a variety of stakeholders and organizations. It will take six months to consider creative concepts for the property’s use before presenting its top concepts to the Mayor and Council. The task force will then spend six months examining and presenting viable options for funding the rehabilitation, redevelopment and community use of the property according to the agreed-upon concept.

To apply for the task force, complete and submit the “Expression of Interest Form” found at www.rockvillemd.gov/boardscommissions or call the City Clerk’s Office at 240-314-8280.

Learn more about the farmstead at www.rockvillemd.gov/kingfarmfarmstead or call 240-314-8601.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Marylou Berg
Director of Communication
240-314-8105
mberg@rockvillemd.gov

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