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First, Bennigan’s arrived in Clarksburg. Malls may be next.

County Councilman Craig Rice, who represents Clarksburg, met with representatives from Streetscape Partners and New England Development on Jan. 18 to discuss buying land in Clarksburg.

Rice said they told him they had signed a letter of intent to buy the land, and hope to build a retail complex operated by the Simon Property Group there.

“Adventist HealthCare has had discussions with residents, the business community and Montgomery County about selling a portion — approximately 40 acres — of our Clarksburg land off Interstate 270,” Adventist spokesman Tom Grant wrote in an email.

“We remain committed to bringing health-care services to Clarksburg, such as various outpatient programs, and we’ll continue to work with residents and other organizations on what services the community needs. We are in negotiations regarding this portion of our property and cannot comment further.”

Simon isn’t the only company interested in Clarksburg. The Peterson Companies are looking at a project at Ten Mile Creek of around 100 acres.

Rice (D-Dist. 2) of Germantown said the interest in development is great news for Clarksburg.

“It’s a beautiful thing — it really is a symbol of what’s to come for Clarksburg and the upcounty region,” he said. “It just boils down to which makes the most sense.”

Rice said there are no preliminary plans for the property.

“Now, the jury’s still out in terms of which one is going to make the most sense for Clarksburg residents ... Those are things that still remain to be seen based on the projects,” he said.

Whatever the situation between the developers, “I don’t think the council needs to be getting involved when [we’ve] got two developers looking to do a project,” Rice said.

“We need to let the powers that be realize they’re going to be in a fight or they’re going to work together. Whatever the case we stay out of it and let the chips fall where they may.”