Could this be the answer to some of the vacant office space in the Pike District?
The Washington Post published a story about how Conrad Cafritz is taking vacant office buildings and turning them into both office and residential space — whichever a tenant prefers. Here’s the Post article.
Washington developer bets $250 million that you’ll want to live and work in America’s empty office buildings
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At left, a loft configured as an apartment.
In an article in Market Watch yesterday, “homes near walkable, and often bikeable, trails enjoy premiums of between 5% to 10%, according to an analysis by Headwaters Economics, a research group focused on community development and land management issues.”
The article added, “What’s happening is, a little bit of the city is following people into the suburbs,” says Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based land and real estate research and education group.… Read More
The White Flint Mall and Lord & Taylor case just got scheduled Oct. 25 to 28 in Richmond at The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Mall’s owners are appealing a District Court decision that awarded Lord & Taylor $31 million in damages. White Flint Mall owners appealed so they can provide evidence about the future potential profits for Lord & Taylor from the redeveloped town center that will one day be built on the property.… Read More
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) recently published their “Identifying and Branding the Pike District,” and it’s actually a pretty interesting read. That said, it is summer, so if you prefer to play 18 holes, lounge at the pool, or BBQ on the deck instead of reading all 32 pages, here are some highlights:
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- The term “White Flint” means different things to different people, and there are varying interpretations of its boundaries and neighborhoods.
From the Montgomery County Planning Dept:
This report outlines the proposed framework for the Montgomery County Bicycle Master Plan. It defines a vision by establishing goals and objectives, and recommends realizing that vision by creating a bicycle infrastructure network supported by policies and programs that encourage bicycling.
It’s hot and humid, and I’m tired and schvitzy, so today, I’ll lean on the good people of Bethesda Beat and repost word-for-word their excellent article on the Grosvenor-Strathmore redevelopment. In the original article, there’s a great Scribd version of all the presentations made at the public meeting last week.… Read More
Onto the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee Meeting.
Tom Murphy, the new chairman, led the meeting and recognized the many contributions of the previous chair, Brian Downie.
Ken Hartman reported that Rupert Landscaping is refreshing the plants on the medians along Rockville Pike. He is working with DOT to figure out how to hang Pike District banners along Route 355.… Read More
This may turn out to be one of the longer posts I’ve written, but heck, I am summarizing a two-hour presentation and a 54-page PowerPoint presentation. For those of you who want just the Spark Notes version, you can stop after the first four images. But I hope that you take the time to at least scan this post, and maybe even read it thoroughly, since this could be the guiding document for the next few decades in the White Flint 2 area.… Read More
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Don’t forget — White Flint 2 Sector Plan public meeting will take place on tonight, Monday, July 11, 7-9 p.m. at Luxmanor Elementary School, 6201 Tilden Lane. The Planning Department will reveal its preliminary plan for White Flint 2.
NIH has signed a renewal to remain at 6100 Executive Blvd. in Rockville, MD for an additional two years.… Read More
Comments Off on Summer Nights LIVE! at Pike & Rose
The nights may be hot but the music is cool. Enjoy live music and entertainment this summer at Pike & Rose!
Saturday, July 9: Margot MacDonald musician / Paul Belanger entertainer
Friday, July 15: Herb and Hanson musician / Paul Belanger entertainer
Friday, July 22nd: Paul Belanger entertainer
Saturday, July 23: Margot MacDonald musician
Friday, July 29: Patrick McAvinue / Ken Caplan entertainer
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