Gaithersburg apartment complex opens doors to displaced tenants of Rockville fire -- Gazette.Net






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In the wake of the April 1 fire at a Rockville apartment complex, the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg are teaming up to provide housing for tenants who have been displaced as a result of the blaze.

Both cities have agreed to allow The Cadence at Crown, a new apartment community in the Crown mixed-use development in Gaithersburg, to offer 13 moderately priced dwelling units to the Rockville tenants who had signed or were in the process of signing leases to live in the same types of units at the Gables Upper Rock complex.

Close to 150 apartment units in a new residential building were destroyed by a fire that broke out around 4:15 a.m. April 1 at the Gables Upper Rock, near Shady Grove and Choke Cherry roads. The unoccupied building had been expected to open at the end of April.

Louise Kauffmann, the housing and community development director for Gaithersburg, said Cadence is giving the displaced tenants priority to secure an available moderately priced rental unit.

“[The tenants] still have to go through all the normal checks,” Kauffmann said.

Kauffmann said Cadence representatives contacted the city to offer help.

“We did reach out to the city of Gaithersburg because we do have available [moderately priced dwelling units] here,” said Kim-loan Lam, the assistant property manager at The Cadence at Crown.

Lam said some residents have already signed on to rent an apartment at the community, but she could not give specific numbers.

Gaithersburg City Manager Tony Tomasello called the city’s partnership with Rockville a “gratifying” experience.

“When people are in need, it’s really nice to be able to rely on one another to pitch in,” Tomasello said. “There was no question from either side that we were going to do what we could to help these people out.”

Calls to Gables Upper Rock representatives were not returned Friday.