In addition to new buildings and developments, the White Flint Sector Plan also lays out a new road pattern for parts of our area. This is important for several reasons – it will break up the existing superblocks and give us more options for traveling without using Rockville Pike and, also, it creates new possibilities for properties like Wall Park. The latter is specifically related to the road network we call the western workaround. Part of what’s contemplated in that project is shifting Executive Boulevard so it crosses Old Georgetown Road farther east and then stretches north into Pike & Rose. By straightening Executive, a rectangular parcel of property is created at the southwest intersection with Old Georgetown Road. This is where Gables Residential will construct their project, which includes a parking garage they will share with Wall Park & the Shriver Aquatic Center, which will allow the county to replace the existing surface parking at Wall Park with the green space we’re so excited about. See how they’re all linked?
As you can see in the image above, the plan involves “abandoning” the stretch of Executive Boulevard highlighted in orange while replacing it with the stretch in gray so the road is straighter. In anticipation of this first step of the process, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation is hosting a public hearing at 7:30pm on Wednesday, September 18th in the Executive Office Building Lobby Auditorium, 101 Monroe Street, 1st Floor, in Rockville. The meeting notice states that “the subject portion of Executive Boulevard will not be needed for public use when road improvements and realignments associated with the White Flint West Project are completed. The road [will] remain open to public traffic until the new alignment is ready for use.”
Comments are being accepted by letter, fax and email – so, please take a moment to show your support for this important first step. Many projects — Wall Park, Shriver Aquatic Center, the Gables, the Civic Green — hinge on this. It’s time to get it moving!
Send your support to Michael Cassedy at the Department of Transportation by email at email@example.com, by fax at 240-777-7254 or by mail at 100 Edison Park Drive, 4th Floor, Gaithersburg MD 20878.
And – stay tuned! Next week, we’ll tell you about a public meeting coming in September where you can tell the Parks Department what you’d like to see at the new Wall Park!