Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Monthly Archives: April 2016

Genuinely Interesting Info from Last Night’s BRT Open House

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Below you’ll find ten of the informational boards from last night’s MTA/SHA/Montgomery County BRT Open House at BCC High School. (There is one more open house on Tuesday, May 3 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at Gaithersburg High School. )  At the Open House, a wide variety of state and county rapid transit experts were available to answer questions and gather public opinions.…

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See you tonight at our Community/Board Meeting

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Please attend the Community/Board Meeting tonight, April 27th, at 6:30 pm at the Shriver Aquatic Center, 5900 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852.  The agenda is below, but here is a quick summary.  Property owners, government officials, and others will be presenting and showing drawings of upcoming development projects.
6:30            Call to Order
6:31            Approval of Minutes (Amy Ginsburg)
6:35            Financial Report (Eric Grosse)
6:40            Update on White Flint/Pike District Development
  1. Gables (Eddie Meder)
  2. Saul Centers West (Brian Downie)
  3. Pike & Rose Phase 2 (Jay Corballis)
  4. Transportation Projects (Bruce Johnston)
  5. Conference Center Garage (Tina Benjamin)
7:15            Update on White Flint 2 (Nkosi Yearwood)
7:20            How the White Flint area is faring in the CIP and Operating Budgets
  1. Montrose Parkway (Bruce Johnston)
  2. BRT (Francine Waters)
  3. Fire Station (Dee Metz)
  4. Wall Park Garage (Eddie Meder)
7:40            SHA/MCDOT Pedestrian Safety Project (Amy Ginsburg)
7:45            Montrose Parkway East (Ed Rich)
7:55            New board member to replace Amber Tedesco (Amy Ginsburg)
8:00            Adjourn
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It’s not just MoCo who is looking at BRT — so is our competition across the river

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Officials are proposing a bus rapid transit system along Route 7, connecting Tysons Corner and Alexandria. Planners estimate the BRT system could attract about 10,000 daily riders as it passes through 11 miles of Tysons, Falls Church, Seven Corners, Bailey’s Crossroads, Mark Center, and Alexandria.

Falls Church City Councilman Dave Snyder said, “We’re trying to be realistic.…

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NRC Staying in White Flint!

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Here’s some great news for the Pike District. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just renewed its lease with Lerner Enterprises for Two White Flint. The NRC has been based there for more than two decades. The building is owned by a partnership between Lerner Enterprises and the Tower Cos.   On Tuesday, the GSA signed a full-building lease renewal, which totals 348,000-square-feet, for the NRC headquarters.…

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Montrose Parkway East

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SHA/MCDOT want to extend Montrose Parkway to Parklawn Drive. Supporters of Friends of White Flint have differing opinions on this road. They’ve expressed opinions that range from “needed road to bring traffic from the east” to “good idea but a terrible SPUI intersection that needs to be changed” or “over my dead body will that road be built.”

Yesterday, the Coalition for Smarter Growth sent out an alert concerning funding (or more accurately, not funding) Montrose Parkway.

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Pike District Discussed in National Magazine

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The Commercial Real Estate Development Association published an article “Retail Streetscape Redevelopment” that featured the Pike District in their spring magazine. (You can read the part about the White Flint area below.)

Landowners Come Together in Maryland

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Property owners in the White Flint sector of Montgomery County, Maryland’s Rockville Pike corridor have proposed turning part of “the Pike” — now a typical suburban commercial strip highway — into a walkable boulevard, and have created a special revenue district to help fund the transformation.

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What the Downtown Advisory Committee Meeting Discussed Last Week

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The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee met last week for their monthly meeting, and here’s what they discussed.

Ken Hartman, Director of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Center, reported that crews have been working on cleaning up the medians and other areas in the Pike District.  He also reported that the Western Montgomery Citizens Advisory Board met at the Shriver Aquatic Center last month.…

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Are you coming to our April Community/Board Meeting?

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Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm  Shriver Aquatic Center
Agenda:
  1. Update on White Flint/Pike District Development (each presentation will include photos and details of the projects)
  • Gables (Eddie Meder)
  • Saul Centers West (Brian Downie)
  • East Village (Rob Eisinger)
  • Pike & Rose Phase 2 (Jay Corbalis)
  • Western Workaround (Dee Metz)
  • Conference Center Garage (Dee Metz)
2.
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Bus Rapid Transit is Gaining Traction Across the Country

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In an article on Governing, Wes Guskert, President and CEO of The Traffic Group, declared that rapid transit has most of the benefits of light rail at a fraction of the cost.  He writes that ” BRT usually costs 20 percent of a light rail system but can capture 80-85 percent of those who would ride light rail.”

The article also notes that a rapid transit system has all of the amenities of modern rail, including Wi-Fi, level boarding and off-vehicle payment systems while retaining vital flexibility.…

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