Week in Potomac

Week in Potomac

West Montgomery Meeting to Feature C&O Canal Superintendent

Kevin Brandt, Superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, will speak to West Montgomery County Citizens Association Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at 7:15 p.m. at Potomac Community Center

It’s been a year since Superintendent Brandt updated West Montgomery on the National Park on our doorstep. During that time, construction projects have been underway to repair watered structures on Locks 5-22. The projects will improve several locks, waste weirs, bridges, and other water control structures within one of the most popular segments of the National Historical Park. Once completed, the improvements will help preserve park historic structures and allow them to withstand impacts from flooding and make them easier to maintain. The canal will then be re-watered.

How are the projects proceeding and how soon will they be completed? What impact did the government shutdown have on the construction schedule? How will the park fare in the upcoming budget? So many in our community consider the C&O Canal National Historical Park a part of our daily lives. Please bring your questions. Open to the public.

Kraus Appointed Executive Director at Ingleside at King Farm

Ingleside at King Farm, a life plan community located in Rockville, named Michelle Kraus as its executive director. Ingleside at King Farm is one of three not-for-profit communities operated by Ingleside in the D.C. Metropolitan area.

Before joining Ingleside, Kraus served as vice president of Operations for Vero Health Management, where she oversaw four long-term care facilities in Massachusetts and Georgia. Her experience includes an 18-year tenure as senior administrator of health at Arcola Health and Rehabilitation center in Silver Spring. Under her leadership, the organization received the 2012 American Health Care Association Bronze Award – Commitment to Equality.

Ingleside at King Farm’s addition, Gardenside, will add 120 new independent living residences to the community and also will include a state-of-the-art Center for Healthy Living and a Health Services Center with 32 new assisted living memory support residences. The upcoming addition is scheduled for completion in 2019/2020.

Kraus, a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, holds a master’s degree from George Washington University in Health Services Administration. She has maintained an active NHA license since 1997 and continues to hold her certification as a preceptor to mentor and coach training administrators.

Erickson Plans Retirement Community at Marriott Headquarters in N. Bethesda

Upon the relocation of Marriott International in 2022, Erickson Living plans to redevelop the 775,000-square-foot global headquarters into a continuing care retirement community. Acquisition of the headquarters, located in Montgomery County’s Rock Spring area just off of I-270 in North Bethesda, was completed in December 2018.

“As a thriving urban center, this location provides an ideal opportunity to further expand our service offerings in the State of Maryland, as well as Montgomery County,” said Alan Butler, Chief Executive Officer, Erickson Living. “We embrace the opportunity to serve communities by meeting the growing demand for senior housing.”

Specific payment details on the property sale are not being disclosed at this time. The Master Plan for the Rock Spring area of Montgomery County was updated by the Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission in 2018. While Rock Spring has been developed over the years as a suburban office park, the updated plan encourages more residential and retail uses.

Erickson Living manages other communities in Maryland, including Charlestown in Catonsville, and National Senior Campuses’ communities of Riderwood in Silver Spring and Oak Crest in Parkville, and other communities in Northern Virginia.

Erickson Living is one of the nation’s largest senior living providers and the company’s heritage of innovation in senior housing development is reflected in enriched community spaces at the forefront of emerging industry trends.