Monthly Archives: June 2016
Comments Off on If Arlington Can, Why Can’t We?
Greater Greater Washington wrote about how Arlington built a temporary bikeway using just tape, paper, and potted plants. You know, if Arlington can do it, why the heck can’t we do it in the Pike District? Let’s see firsthand how bike lanes will transform the Pike District.
On June 11, Arlington closed a block of bustling Wilson Boulevard for what organizers called the Active Streets Festival.… Read More
We’re always blathering on about projects that are starting or will be starting. Here’s a change — a project that’s done! The Chapman Avenue Extension is completed! The $3.3 million new road extends Chapman Avenue from Randolph Road to Old Georgetown Road. The road includes five-foot sidewalks on both sides of the street and a signed/shared bikeway on Chapman Avenue.… Read More
Comments Off on 2 Top Points and 1 Surprising Conclusion on Executive Blvd Office Space
Here are the top two points and one surprising conclusion from the just-released Montgomery Planning Department briefing on the technical report: “Adaptive Reuse: Executive Boulevard and Rock Spring Office Markets” prepared by Bolan Smart Associates. (And here’s a bonus fun little factoid with which to dazzle your friends: Executive Boulevard has 15 buildings totaling over 2.1 million square feet which is three percent of the County’s total office inventory)
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Even if market conditions might merit repurposing, many of these office buildings have large and wide floorplates depths with interior spaces far from windows and configurations that make conversion to residential use very challenging.
Comments Off on Terrific New Art Installations at the Grosvenor Metro
Strathmore, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) unveiled 39 new art installations designed by MCPS high school students along the new Grosvenor-Strathmore Arts Walk and on Strathmore’s campus last week. The 32 installations designated for the Arts Walk, all large-scale totems, will enhance the grounds of the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Parking Garage, providing a physical connection to the arts center while adding visual interest to enhance the experience of the thousands of commuters who use the station each day.… Read More
Comments Off on Curious about Monday’s White Flint 2 Meeting? Here’s What Happened.
The June 20th White Flint 2 Sector Planning Meeting was a public forum. Three community representatives made presentations.
Randolph Civic Association – Matt Tifford
Randolph Civic Association is made up of 1, 343 homes and wants a more central sense of place within RCA borders. While mostly happy with the preliminary plan presented, RCA has some important issues with the plan. … Read More
Comments Off on Will Woodward by Woodward Again?
As a member of the Woodward Class of 79, I (Amy Ginsburg, FOWF Executive Director) am personally cheered by the news that Woodward may once again be home to a high school.
A just released and quite lengthy report included the discussions and options that the Walter Johnson Cluster Roundtable came up with to deal with overcrowded schools.… Read More
Comments Off on Last Week’s Downtown Advisory Committee Meeting
Here is a quick summary of what the members of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee discussed at their meeting last Tuesday.
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The county is updating the restaurant and development maps on www.pikedistrict.org.
138 bags of refuse was picked up two weeks ago as well as median signs. (On average the county’s crew picks up 120 to 168 bags of trash each week.)
The county is replanting in the median by Nicholson to replace plants lost over the winter.
Comments Off on A compliment on the design of Pike & Rose
Greater Greater Washington wrote a lovely blog post about the interesting and innovative design of Pike & Rose.
They said, “The Pike + Rose development on Rockville Pike is a surprisingly experimental collection of buildings. It’s contemporary in style, but also filled with architectural ornament. It’s fascinating and instructive for what it tells us about how architecture can interact with urbanism.”
You can read the entire GGW post here.… Read More
Comments Off on White Flint 2 Master Plan Meeting June 20
The White Flint 2 Public Forum (Part II) will take place on Monday, June 20, 2016, 7 -9 p.m., at Luxmanor Elementary School.
As of June 15, only a couple of civic representatives have indicated that they will participate in the forum. Stay tuned to find out if Monday’s meeting will be held.… Read More
Comments Off on Welcome to Friends of White Flint, The Detwiler Group
Please meet our newest member, Andy Detwieler, Founder of The Detweiler Group at RE/MAX Town Center.
If you’ve ever gone through the process of buying, selling, or renting a condo in North Bethesda, local realtor and entrepreneur Andy Detweiler believes you’ve likely wasted a lot of unnecessary time. Andy has spent the greater part of a year meticulously researching, planning, and building rockvillemdcondos.com, which he describes as the most comprehensive, yet simple, real estate resource of its kind.… Read More