What Should Lakeforest Mall’s Future Be? Let Your Voice Be Heard
The City of Gaithersburg is seeking public input on the future of the Lakeforest Mall site and has released a public input survey this morning — to participate in the survey, please visit https://publicinput.com/Lakeforest?fbclid=IwAR2cwYTA0VtyBZmJO30FIkSYdxlUUgta5nFVO2plzEkgjK7xW9-w2X_BsUM.
The survey, which consists of 19 questions, is extensive and allows for participants to state which amenities would attract them to Lakeforest, chime in on what types of businesses are most needed by Lakeforest’s surrounding community, and even give preferences on future traffic circulation patterns in future Lakeforest development sites.
Back in August, we discussed how the City of Gaithersburg Mayor and City Council passed a resolution that proclaimed a one-year moratorium on development at Lakeforest Mall. Last year, developer WRS, Inc. purchased much of the Lakeforest Mall space, but has been unable to further expand on development due to J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Sears, and Lord & Taylor owning the land that their stores are on.
Despite opposition from WRS, the City of Gaithersburg opted to extend this moratorium to garner public input on the future of the Lakeforest Mall site. The possibilities for the Lakeforest Mall site hold a great deal of importance for the surrounding community, and it will be interesting to see what the future holds.
By Daniel Garay