Rockville Decides to Name Street After Former City Advisor

Rockville Decides to Name Street After Former City Advisor

Street near Rockville Town Square likely to be named after Helen Heneghan, who died earlier this year

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The newly-named Helen Heneghan Way in Rockville

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The City of Rockville chose to honor a longtime city employee who died earlier this year by naming a new street after her.

The city’s Planning Commission voted 4-1 Wednesday to name the one-block street Helen Heneghan Way.

Heneghan served as the City Clerk-Treasurer of Rockville under four mayors and seven city councils from 1974-1986, and remained active after that as an advisor to city officials. She died on July 13 at the age of 83 after battling cancer.

The street runs between East Montgomery Lane and Middle Lane, in front of the Regal Cinemas and along the new Cambria Suites hotel.

At the request of Choice Hotels, which built the Cambria Suites and is headquartered across Middle Lane, the Planning Commission agreed to get rid of the original Renaissance Street moniker because it’s similar to the competing Renaissance Hotel brand.

The city opened up the naming process to the public, eliciting a wide range of suggestions including Guacamole Street (to honor the nearby California Tortilla restaurant) and Barack Obama Avenue.

Montgomery County will have to sign off on the new name before it goes into use, according to city officials.

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