Here are the updates from the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee meeting from Monday, July 14th:
Nkosi Yearwood began the committee meeting by discussing updates on one development project: Pike and Rose construction of Phase 1 is moving forward very nicely. The plan of Phase II is going to the Planning Board on July 24th. No other new plans are being submitted to the Board.
There will be an Implementation Committee meeting in August to discuss the bikeway improvements on Woodglen Drive. The meeting will take place on August 11th.
Francine Waters then provided the committee with an update from the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee meeting that took place last Tuesday. Cliff Cohen is the newly-elected Chair of the Committee as well as Brian Downie as the newly-elected Vice Chair of the Committee. Cliff set forth the goals of the committee to include maintenance and beautification of Rockville Pike, the streetscape of Rockville Pike, the establishment of a unified zip code, the creation and maintenance of a website for White Flint sector, the hire of an intern, public services and human services in the White Flint sector, and the search for a structure for funding to maintain all of the programs. The next Downtown Advisory Committee’s meeting will take place in September. (Read our post on that meeting by clicking here)
The public charette focused around the branding and name of the White Flint sector was also brought up by a committee member. There are no further details on the charette right now but it will provide a space for the public and community members to give their input on the branding and name of the sector. Stay tuned on the blog for more details about the charette and learn more about the plan by clicking here.
County White Flint Implementation Coordinator Dee Metz then provided her report for the Committee. The Phase 1 of Pike and Rose had its first tenants move in at the end of June. Phase I has taken about four years to complete, which is record time for many development projects. Currently, DOT is working on resolving bikeway facilities throughout the sector. The Woodglen Drive plan will be presented in August at the Implementation meeting. They are currently working on Nebel Street bikeway facilities, roadway, and utilities. They hope to present a plan by this fall.
In addition, the county is working on amending the site plan of the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center to move the county garage plan forward. The amendment will separate the private project of the hotel from the public project of the conference center, allowing the county to design the garage.
Greg Trimmer from JBG then provided the committee with a presentation on the North Bethesda Market II amended site plan. JBG provided minimal amendments to the plan. The plan retains the plaza in phase I and retains the residential tower. They will add an additional residential building south of the plaza, which will add more residential units to the plan. The last phase of the plan will add to the existing office building, but only when the market improves.
Ed Meder from Gables Residential provided a presentation on the Gables White Flint plan. The site plan for this project will go in front of the Planning Board soon. There are many challenges Gables faces with this development project. First off, they will need to make the site go from a triangle shape to a rectangle shape. This means that traffic along Executive Boulevard and Old Georgetown Road has to be realigned around their site (this is the western workaround that you’ve heard us mention). In addition, the county has to come to terms with the right of way to be purchased around the site. Plus, the shared parking lot for the Gables White Flint property and the aquatic center will have to secure funding first before the Gables White Flint development project can even begin. This project will provide small-scale buildings, which adds to the mix of scale throughout in the sector.
Stay tuned for a more detail report on each of these projects!