The White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee, a body appointed by the Planning Department to advise on White Flint, met at the Shriver Aquatic Center/Wall Local Park on Monday evening, April 8th. The bulk of the meeting was spent on a joint presentation by Gables Residential and the county Parks Department who are working together on a project encompassing Wall Park and stretching north to the envisioned Market Street. We will post more details on the sketch plan presentation shortly.
In the meantime, here are some other announcements shared at the meeting:
** Tommy Mann from Federal Realty outlined the reasons they are seeking a variance from the Sign Review Board. We’ve written a detailed post on the subject and encourage anyone interested to comment before the hearing on April 11th.
** Washington Gas, which owns a large property on Nebel Street, is planning to install a 145 foot telecommunications tower in the center of their property. Because it is industrially zoned (I4), they are permitted by right to do this but will go through the county’s Tower Committee to plan the specifics. Washington Gas says that the tower will allow them to track emergencies and other needs and allow them to respond more effectively. But, they are reportedly expected to allow at least two cellular carriers to share the tower with them. It will be a freestanding tower with no lighting, unless required by federal law. Several attendees expressed concern about the installation of an eyesore in the midst of the redevelopment. (Side Note: We are looking more into this and will share more details when we have them)
** BF Saul/Saul Centers owns the Metro-Pike Shopping Center, home to sweetFrog, Dunkin Donuts & 7-11, as well as the Staples and adjacent buildings across the street. They will be presenting their sketch plan for redevelopment at the May meeting of the Implementation Committee.
** Dee Metz, the county’s White Flint Implementation Coordinator, reported that the local road design is 35% complete and can now, therefore, begin the pricing process. Phasing of road construction will be important to ensure minimal disruption.
** Tomorrow morning is the first meeting of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Board. Appointed by the County Executive, this body will focus more on the day-to-day experience in White Flint — the walkability & maintenance, for example. Whereas the Implementation Committee is focused on policy, the Downtown Advisory Board will be focused on operations.
The White Flint Implementation Committee meets the second Monday evening of every month. Learn more at: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/whiteflint/.