Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Tell me again what this BRT-thing is all about?

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BRT

BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit, is essentially Metrorail on wheels instead of tracks. It’s high-quality, fast, and convenient.  (And yes, it’s something that people will actually use. They do in areas similar to the Pike District all over the world and increasingly, in the United States. Count me in as an enthusiastic convert, and now I can’t wait for the day when I can catch a sleek BRT rather than cursing traffic and searching for parking in my car.)

Here is a quick fact sheet about BRT which should answer many of your questions.…

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You Won’t Want to Miss Paladar’s 4th Annual Carnival Celebration

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Here’s the scoop Friends of White Flint Member Paladar’s 4th annual Carnival celebration. This 16-day long party promises to be the most excitement you will have this side of The Equator.

  • February 2nd through February 17th – you’ll receive ½ off mojitos, margaritas and sangria, all day long. (Sorry, not valid on February 13th or 14th.) For the Carnival street food lovers, don’t worry, they’ve got you covered too.
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Summer House Santa Monica Opens This Thursday!

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Summer House Santa Monica is planned to open this Thursday. This California-inspired restaurant will be in the Pike & Rose development, adding to the already wonderful places that exist. Summer House Santa Monica is attached to the Stella Barra Pizzeria, which is planned to open in February.

Summer House Santa Monica will serve food that includes fresh, locally-grown vegetables and some California inspired seafood dishes.…

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We’re not the only ones hoping for BRT

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BRT in Mexico City

Rapid transit, or BRT, or whatever term is fashionable this week, will transform Rockville Pike and the Pike District. And we’re not the only ones who want the many benefits of rapid transit.  Queens wants it. Philadelphia is giving it a whirl. Seattle loves it. Sure, it’s difficult to picture the Pike as a grand, beautiful boulevard with sleek train-like buses zooming down the middle, but heck, most change is hard to imagine.…

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Open spaces, lovely places

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You’ve probably been in the parking lot of the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center (KSAC), or at least you’ve seen it as you drive past the swim center. But imagine that rather than acres of striped asphalt there is lush green grass, inviting park benches, a winding path through the forest.

Open spaces are an important promise of the White Flint Sector Plan, and Wall Park can be the Pike District’s first new prominent green space. Of course, before we’re walking our dogs, watching our kids jump rope, or playing a game of kickball after work, a few pieces of the puzzle need to come together. The Western Workaround and a parking garage shared with the to-be-built Gables Apartments must be constructed before we can enjoy a new Wall Park.…

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Montgomery County Executive Leggett Announced Amendments to FY16 Budget and CIP

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Yesterday Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced his recommendations for the FY16 Capital budget and proposed amendments to the FY15-20 Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Check out the news release with more details about the amendments here.

Note one of the proposed amendments to the FY16 budget in the announcements:

“*Acceleration of White Flint redevelopment expenditures for Main Street/Market Street and Executive Boulevard to coordinate with construction of the Conference Center parking garage, minimizing disruption to local businesses, saving money, and bringing pedestrian and bike improvements on line earlier.”

This is great to hear!…

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North Bethesda Market II seeks approval for changes

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North Bethesda Market II Plan

The JBG Companies will go to the Planning Board tomorrow to seek approval for changes to its plan to North Bethesda Market II, affectionately known as NoBe II.  County planners recommend the Planning Board approve the changes. The proposed amendments maintain the overall vision of a multiple-building, mixed-use, office, residential and retail development with a maximum of 740,528 square feet of mixed-use floor area that will be built in three phases.  North Bethesda Market II will include 268,000 square feet of non-residential floor area in five buildings, including approximately 67,260 square feet of existing retail and office space, a maximum of 492,000 square feet of residential floor area (up to 470 units including 59 MPDUs) in two buildings, and public amenities including structured parking facilities, a through-block pedestrian connection, tree canopy, wayfinding, public parking, tower step-backs, public open spaces and public art.…

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