Archives July 2011

White Flint: “Open for Business”

On July 22, 2011, the Montgomery County Council and the Montgomery County Planning Board joined with activists who supported the White Flint Sector Plan, property owners and businesspeople from across the area at the White Flint Mall to celebrate passage of the final piece of legislation necessary for new projects to move forward. The ceremony, led by Councilmember Roger Berliner and Planning Board Chair Francoise Carrier, ended with the cutting of a red ribbon.

Scenes from the opening:

County Councilmembers, Planning Board members and local activists join to cut a ribbon and declare White Flint "Open for Business"

County Executive representative Diane Jones

Planning Board members Marye Wells-Harley and Casey Anderson

The younger generation joins the White Flint presentation

Barnaby Zall

Ribbon-Cutting At White Flint Mall

THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

For immediate release:

July 19, 2011

 

For more information, contact:

Valerie Berton

Communications Manager

Montgomery County Planning Department

301/495-4600

County Officials to Cut Ceremonial Ribbon to Open White Flint Planning Area for New Development


SILVER SPRING, MD – This month, the Planning Board and County Council approved the required planning tools to begin accepting new development applications in White Flint. Located along Rockville Pike north of Bethesda, White Flint is poised for a series of new development projects that will dramatically change the look, feel and function of the community.

With today’s Council approval of the final tool – a transportation analysis program – the planning area is open for new development. To recognize this economic milestone, the Planning Board is hosting a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at 11 a.m. Friday at the White Flint Mall. County Council members, representatives from the County Executive’s Office, Planning Board members, planners, residents and others will be on hand to declare the planning area open for business.

The White Flint Sector Plan, approved last year, establishes prerequisites that must be satisfied at each phase of development to ensure that public services, like roads, are adequate. They include establishing a transportation approval mechanism, a financing mechanism to fund infrastructure improvements, and a transportation analysis and monitoring program.

Opening phase one of development in White Flint allows property owners to submit development applications. The Board approved three sketch plan applications – North Bethesda Market II, North Bethesda Gateway and Mid-Pike Plaza – last winter, but have not accepted more detailed site plans because the staging plan had not been developed. Now that the staging plan has been approved, planners expect applications for those plans as well as others, such as at the White Flint Metro site.

Planners and County Councilmembers have looked to White Flint as an economic engine for the county, given its strategic location along Metro’s Red Line and the availability of re-developable land.

Who:
Montgomery County Planning Board

What:
White Flint Phase 1 Ribbon-Cutting

Where:
White Flint Mall Center Court
11301 Rockville Pike
(enter off Lot 1 next to Cheesecake Factory)

When:
11 a.m. Friday, July 22

Next meeting of Implementation Committee

Chief White Flint Planner Nkosi Yearwood reports that the next meeting of the White Flint Implementation Committee will be held on Monday, July 11, at 7:30PM.

Nkosi Yearwood (c) chairing April 11 WFIC meeting, with (from left) Mike Coveyou of the County Executive's Office, Jacob Sesker of the Planning Department and Dave Freishtat, Co-Chair of WFIC (and FoWF Board Member)

Apparently, the air conditioning is fixed at the Montgomery Aquatic Center, because the meeting is returning to that venue. The MAC is in Wall Park, at the intersection of Marinelli and Executive Blvd, opposite the Conference Center. The WFIC meets in the multi-purpose room just inside the front door, and you do not have to pay to enter the MAC for the meeting.

The principal topic will be Greg Trimmer’s presentation on the site plan for the next phase of North Bethesda Market (NoBe II).

Barnaby Zall