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KCA Board confirms KDWG, grants KCF funding, ratifies DPZ as Town Architect

Productive last meeting for outgoing board

Torti Gallas is the architect hired by B.F. Saul for their redevelopment in the Kentlands Downtown.

The Kentlands Board of Trustees met on Wednesday, October 25th.  Here are the highlights from that meeting.  The Board would like to thank Brian O’Looney, Kentlands citizen as well as an architect for Torti Gallas + Partners who provided the KCA with a nice book detailing their firm.  Torti Gallas is the architect hired by B.F. Saul for their redevelopment in the Kentlands Downtown.

Kentlands Downtown Working Group

The KDWG is off and running!  John Ingrassia has stepped forward to serve as chair, and the KCA Board has confirmed the following members:

  • Ingrid Fraley,
  • Kimberly Litt,
  • Glen Palman,
  • Jodi Rapaport,
  • Andrew Ross,
  • Silvio Renzi,
  • Sheena Saydam,
  • Mike Weich and
  • Josh Woolridge

Mike Watkins of Michael Watkins Architects is an unofficial member of the group, providing consultation as needed.

The KCA Board and President are thankful for this group of people who are volunteering their time to focus on the different redevelopment efforts currently being proposed for the Kentlands downtown.  We had tremendous interest in the group and had to choose among some terrific candidates.  We thank all of those not chosen for their interest as well.

Board approves Kentlands Foundation funding

The Kentlands Board approved a $45,000 annual funding request from the Kentlands Community Foundation: $35,000 will be used on general operating, $5000 for the Kentlands Lakelands 5K and $5000 for the Kentlands Under the Lights and other cultural events.

DPZ signs two-year contract as Community Architect, approves new contract procurement policy

In other agenda items, DPZ signed a new two year contract to serve as the community architect. In addition, the Board adopted a new contract procurement policy that will guide how the KCA solicits contract work in the future.  The major features of the policy are a disclosure requirement and a gift restriction.  The KCA will use this procurement policy to guide contract solicitation for the next 6 months and then, if it works well, potentially adopt it as an administrative resolution.

The Board does not meet in November, the next meeting will be December 11th.

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