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


Monthly Archives: September 2010

New White Flint Advisory Committee Appointed

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This morning, the Montgomery County Planning Board appointed what looks to be 24 people to the new White Flint Advisory Committee required under the White Flint Sector Plan. This looks to include all 19 nominated by the deadline, plus a few more. I don’t have the official list yet, but here’s what I do have:

Residents:

 Dan Hoffman from Randolph Hills Civic Association and Citizens League of MoCo

Chad Salganik from Randolph Hills and the web wizard of Citizens League

Ed Rich from Old Farm

John Fry from Fallstone (a former Friends of White Flint Director)

Todd Lewers from the Forum (a Friends of White Flint Director)

Della Stolsworth from Luxmanor

Natalie Goldberg from Garrett Park Estates/White Flint Park

Karl Girschman from the Wisconsin

JM King

Ruan Salgado

Meredith Josef from Timberlawn

Business Representatives:

Barnaby Zall, a lawyer in White Flint, and an Old Farm resident (FoWF Co-Chair)

Dave Freishtat from the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce (FoWF Director)

Peggy Schwartz from the North Bethesda Traffic Management District

Mike Springer from the U.S.

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Another Eurostyle Plaza Planned for White Flint

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One of the more interesting elements of JBG’s proposal for the second phase of its North Bethesda Market project (located where the Chili’s building is now, along Rockville Pike and the new Executive Boulevard extended) is its Eurostyle plaza, where cars and people can safely mix. Now it seems that Federal Realty plans a similar kind of advanced mobility feature for its new Mid-Pike Plaza plan.…

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Recent Studies Suggest that White Flint is the Remedy for County’s Revenue Shortfalls

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NEW URBAN NEWS, Volume 15, Number 6 – September 2010

“Best bet for tax revenue: mixed-use downtown development”

Studies in Florida and North Carolina show that dense urban development pays off for local governments. Big-box retail doesn’t.

At a time when local governments are struggling financially, two studies – one in Sarasota County, Florida, the other in Asheville, North Carolina – suggest the one of the best fiscal remedies is dense, mixed-use development.

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“Montgomery County Is Not Open for Business”

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Yesterday the Montgomery County Council heard a briefing from the County Executive’s staff on options for financing the infrastructure necessary to implement the White Flint Sector Plan. At 5:36PM the night before, the Executive sent proposed legislation and a cover letter to the Council, but several Councilmembers noted that they had not had time to consider the material before the briefing.…

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A Loyal Soldier

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When I was new to this whole public development area (only a few short years ago), I presented the Final Report of the official White Flint Advisory Group to the Planning Board. (The Report seems to have disappeared off the Planning Board’s official White Flint page. www.whiteflintplanning.org, but still can be found here.) On P.…

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Goldilocks and the Three Taxes

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At its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 28, the Montgomery County Council will consider ways to finance the infrastructure needed under the new White Flint Sector Plan. After almost two years of consideration, the County Executive’s staff may finally present some definitive proposals for financing. Then the Council will have to decide how much tax is too little, too much or just right.…

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I received the following message from Mr. Leggett today.

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Thank you for your recent letter about redevelopment in the White Flint area.

We are examining alternatives for financing including one that would not result in any additional costs for existing residential property owners related to the implementation of the $1 billion plus White Flint Sector Plan. Such a plan would fund this very intensive program without charging additional taxes or fees to those who currently own homes in the Sector Plan area.…

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Could It Be True?

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I’ve been quiet on White Flint financing now for a month or so, relying on people to work things out in “stakeholder meetings” and so on. But maybe there’s something on the horizon?  

We’ve been waiting for months for the County Executive to propose a financing plan for the White Flint Sector Plan.…

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White Flint a match for Generation Y consumer desires

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Generation Y Giving Cars a Pass

The generation gap is a growing, long-term headache for automakers.

By Jim Ostroff

Selling cars to young adults under 30 is proving to be a real challenge for automakers. Unlike their elders, Generation Yers own fewer cars and don’t drive much. They’re likely to see autos as a source of pollution, not as a sex or status symbol.Motorists aged 21 to 30 now account for 14% of miles driven, down from 21% in 1995. …

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