Many months ago, I sat with Phil Andrews, who was then the President of the Montgomery County Council, and several White Flint residents at the opening of the new Marriott tower on Marinelli Avenue. A festive atmosphere swirled around us, fueled by some really weird finger foods, and an equally-strange Joan Rivers who greeted people in the lobby (this was before her odd turn on the Apprentice TV show).…Read More
Monthly Archives: March 2010
Live-blogging from the Montgomery County Council on March 2, 2010. The Council just approved the CR Zone, and is now moving into consideration of the financing of the White Flint Sector Plan.
Council President Nancy Floreen announced that there would be a final vote on the White Flint Sector Plan on March 23.…Read More
Live-blogging from the March 2, 2010 meeting of the Montgomery County Council. Three relevant topics on today’s agenda: revisions to the Commercial/Residential (CR) Zone; financing of the White Flint Sector Plan; and staging (timing of implementation) of the White Flint Plan.
The CR Zone became a bit more controversial last week, as detailed in a post below, when some organizations suggested that the Zone be revised to increase the amount any development proposal would have to pay to support the Agricultural Reserve.…Read More
Today the Board of Directors of Friends of White Flint sent a letter to the County Council listing six remaining issues for consideration during the Council’s upcoming hearings on the White Flint Sector Plan. The letter was approved at the FoWF Board of Directors meeting on February 26, and offered for public comment under FoWF’s regular policy adoption process.…Read More
Yesterday the Washington Post devoted a huge amount of space to a story on local Town Centers:
The main messages of the story seemed to be:
a) it’s really hard to do a Town Center the right way; and
b) it’s even harder to do them in a recession.
One message that I think has gone AWOL in the White Flint Sector Plan discussion is raised by a quote in this story: “Chris Farley, owner of Pacers Running Stores, thinks that Old Town Plaza has failed to create a true village feel.…Read More