Updates from White Flint Sector Implementation Advisory Committee

Updates from White Flint Sector Implementation Advisory Committee

Since the Jewish holiday, Passover, falls on the next White Flint Sector Implementation Advisory Committee meeting date of Monday April 14th, there will be no Implementation Advisory Committee meeting this month.

N’kosi Yearwood, White Flint’s lead planner, sent along updates on projects and planning happening now around the White Flint District that you can find below:

Development Projects

  • Saul Centers White Flint is going to the Montgomery County Planning Board on April 17. The Committee has twice seen this proposal. Here is a link to the staff report

http://www.montgomeryplanningboard.org/agenda/2014/documents/StaffReport_320140010_SaulCentersWhiteFlint.pdf

  • There are some minor amendments for Pike and Rose (Phase IB) that will go to the Planning Board soon. Most of the adjustments, such as interior building and plant list changes, pertain to modifications that have occurred during construction for Buildings 10-12.

FY 15-20 CIP

  • FY 15-20 CIP:  The Council agreed with the Executive’s recommendations and at the request of the Transportation & Environment Committee, they are considering adding an additional $7.5 million to construct Hoya Ave, also known as Towne Road, from Old Georgetown to Montrose Parkway.  That will be put on the reconciliation list and a final determination will be made before the budget is approved at the end of May. 
  • Conference Center garage: An FY14 CIP Amendment was introduced at the Council to allow us to go forward with the design of the Conference Center parking garage. This garage is needed as a result of all the parking that will be displaced by constructing re-aligned Executive Boulevard and Market Street, as well as the disposition of the part of the parking lot cut off by Executive Boulevard.  The funding is available through an earlier transaction with the Maryland Dept. of Transportation, when they allowed us to purchase and resell a former commuter parking lot that belonged to SHA.  As part of the agreement, the State dictated that these funds would be used for the replacement parking at the Conference Center, which is partly owned by the state.  A Planning Housing & Economic Development Committee worksession is scheduled for April 28 at the Council office building. Attached is a copy of the Executive’s submitted CIP Amendment. 
  • Western Workaround:  Design is progressing on track.  Right now MCDOT is working with all of the utility companies to reach agreement on the location of the various utilities within the right of way, and also on a plan to relocate the current utilities that run along the span of Executive Boulevard to be abandoned. Our greatest challenge is right of way acquisition.  The Sector Plan and projected road costs assumed that any right of way needed from private property owners would be at no cost to the County.  The timing is not working out because not all of the developers are ready to proceed at the pace we need to have that right of way dedicated.  We are looking at alternatives in the event that the right of way cannot be dedicated in time for construction. 
  • Nebel Street:  MCDOT has a grant for traffic calming measures, and one of the projects identified is Nebel Street between Nicholson Lane and Randolph Road.  As part of the traffic calming design, they are hoping to be able to afford to include bike improvements within the current curb lines.  Different designs are being explored, and will be presented to the committee in a few months.

Bike to Work Day

  • Bike to Work Day is on May 16 and one of the official stops will again be in White Flint at NRC. Free food, beverages and raffle giveaways will be provided from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

 

 

Rebecca Hertz

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Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

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