Redevelopment plans for a portion of Rockville's business district received a go-ahead from the City Council this week.
Plans for the area known as Courthouse Square "recall some of the Victorian quality of historic Rockville," according to architect Arthur Cotton Moore.
Moore's design for the area next to the new county office building complex and the Commons at Courthouse Square includes a Victorian-styled walkway from Jefferson Street into the square that is large enough to provide space for street vendors.
Double rows of trees surrounded by park benches and tables will provide seating to encourage office workers and Rockville residents to use the area, Moore said.
Moore, known nationally for his work transforming blighted urban areas into prosperous retail and commercial centers, has divided the square into activity areas featuring an outdoor cafe, fountain and a gazebo to shelter performing groups.
Provisions for a trolley car to carry commuters and shoppers around the city and to the future Rockville Metro site have been included.
The plan brings back globe-styled street lamps, popular in Rockville a century ago, and calls for the lighting of trees at dark to create a setting for nightlife in the square.
The $2 million project, to be financed by the city and Montgomery County, will get underway next summer, according to the city's chief planner, James M. Davis.
The courthouse redevelopment project is a part of the city's overall plan for redesigning its entire 438-acre business district.
Known as the Town Center Plan, it was developed by Moore and adopted last year by the council. It is to be implemented over the next 20 years by the government and private developers, city officials say.