Business leaders and developers are fuming over Rockville Mayor Larry Giammo's plan that could essentially stall most development projects in the city.
Giammo is moving to have the City Council adopt a new Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance that may lead to a moratorium on development projects proposed to be more than three-fourths of a mile from the city's two Metro stops.
At least a dozen currently planned projects could be affected.
"We're just trying to make sure that we have some common-sense limits on growth when our roads are jammed and our schools are overcrowded," Giammo said.
But developers, business leaders, and many city residents bristle at such a notion, arguing, for instance, that slowing or halting development will have no effect on traffic because several major regional roadways run through the city.
"This moratorium won't help a bit with traffic, because it's regional in nature," said Richard Parsons, chief executive officer of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He blamed overcrowding in the city's schools on turnover in houses among the city's elderly population.
Parsons, along with several other business advocates and residents, is preparing to fight Giammo at a special public hearing in front of the City Council at a yet-unscheduled hearing in September.
"What developer will want to build her now?" asked Margaret Welsh May, a real estate agent and city resident.
Giammo is resolute.
"The goal here is to keep development in line with what the city can handle," he said. "Right now, I don't think we need or want to see more growth outside of projects near" Metro stops.
Several executives at United Therapeutics Corp. had extra reason to celebrate over the long Fourth of July weekend.
On the Friday before, in filings with federal regulators, the Silver Spring biotech firm disclosed mid-year cash bonuses of $390,000. Martine Rothblatt, the chief executive officer, received $180,000. Roger Jeffs, the chief operating officer: $120,000. Fred Hadeed, the chief financial officer: $60,000. And Paul Mahon, the general counsel: $30,000.
United Therapeutics markets Remodulin, which is used to treat abnormally high blood pressure between the heart and lungs, a rare condition. The firm recorded a $15.5 million profit for fiscal year 2004.
Nice Place for Techies to Stay
Marriott International is one of the best places for techies to work.
For the third straight year, Computerworld magazine has listed the North Bethesda company as one of the "Best Places to Work in IT." Of 100 companies, Marriott ranked 27th.
The magazine highlighted Marriott's low turnover and long tenure in the ranks of the firm's technology employees.
"Our information technology leadership team is committed to helping our associates become business technologists as they advance their careers with Marriott," said Carl Wilson, executive vice president and chief information officer for Marriott.
Litigation Veteran Moves
The law firm of Miles & Stockbridge has added a new principal to its Rockville office: Alfred Wurglitz, who has more than two decades experience as a government contract litigator and technology transactions attorney.
Wurglitz was previously a partner at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, which has offices in the District and Northern Virginia.
Wurglitz already has strong ties to the county's business community. He serves on an economic development committee for the city of Gaithersburg.
"Al Wurglitz is deeply experienced in core areas of law where our law firm and our region are focusing resources," said John Frisch, chairman and chief executive officer of Miles & Stockbridge.
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