Archives August 2017

WMATA terminates part of its agreement with LCOR

WMATA sent a letter to LCOR last month that stated “No conditions or circumstances exist which permit an extension of the Term for Blocks A-D under the Joint Development Agreement (with LCOR). Nor has WMATA granted any extension of the Term for Blocks A-D.”

Friends of White Flint isn’t sure yet what this means for the undeveloped part of the property around the White Flint Metro station, but we’re investigating and will keep you updated.

Click the image below or click here to read the letter from WMATA.

And if you’re interested, here is a Metro Station Area Development Letter that Councilmember Roger Berliner wrote about this issue about a year ago.

Last weekend for Live after Five at North Bethesda Market

Have you been meaning all summer to get to North Bethesda Market for their Live After Five weekend concerts?  Well, this weekend is your last chance to be part of this favorite Pike District event. Bring your friends and family, or get to know your neighbors, as you enjoy live music and a relaxing atmosphere on their outdoor plaza.

Sept 1 – Mike Noonan – Jazz
Sept 2 – Billy Vaughan – Pop, Billy Joel Style

Comings and Goings at Pike & Rose

Come celebrate the opening of Sur la Table’s new store at Pike & Rose. They’ll have a fun day full of demos, tastings, gifts with purchase, and the chance to win great prizes like a cooking class for two. The first 100 customers will also get a free recipe guide. Sur La Table will open in Pike & Rose on August 30, and will celebrate its grand opening on September 16.

The First 500 shoppers in line at H & M’s grand opening on September 14 can win up to $500. And don’t let fashion go to waste! Bring in a bag of unwanted clothes before the opening and enter to win a gift card valued up to $500! Get ready to do some serious shopping.

And with sadness we say good-bye to La Madeline.

In a statement, Jill McCarthy, marketing director at Pike & Rose, said: “We are disappointed to learn that La Madeleine has decided to close multiple locations, including the one at Pike & Rose. With many new openings and experiences, we are looking forward to the rest of 2017 and 2018 and the forthcoming announcement of new restaurants and shops that will join the neighborhood, as it continues to evolve.”

Full-scale emergency response drill at White Flint Station

On Sunday, August 27, Metro Transit Police and Montgomery County first responders will conduct a full-scale emergency drill at the White Flint Metrorail Station. Montgomery County Fire and Rescue, Montgomery County Police, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, Montgomery County Department of Transportation and Maryland Department of Transportation will also participate in the drill.

The exercise is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to end no later than 2:00 p.m.


  • White Flint Station will be closed for the duration of the exercise.
  • Free shuttle buses will replace Red Line trains between Grosvenor, White Flint and Twinbrook stations from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes between Shady Grove & Twinbrook and Grosvenor & Glenmont from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • Metrobus service to the station is expected to operate normally.
  • Metro will notify customers when normal service resumes via email, text message and social media. To receive notification sign up for MetroAlerts.

This is a closed event. During the exercise, customers may notice a large number of emergency response vehicles in the area. People in the surrounding area may also hear a loud noise due to the planned disruption of a suspicious package as part of the exercise. Please be assured that it is only a drill.

County Planners Get Proposal for North Bethesda Town Center Apartments

 As reported in Bethesda Beat  BY BETHANY RODGERS    Published: 

 View of the apartment complex proposed for the North Bethesda Town Center.

View of the apartment complex proposed for the North Bethesda Town Center.

Documents recently submitted to the county outline plans for a 294-unit apartment complex to provide a high-end rental option in the North Bethesda Town Center.

The new housing would form part of the roughly 32-acre development north of Marinelli Road near the White Flint Metro station.

The town center already includes a Harris Teeter grocery story and a 366,121-square-foot office building occupied by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. It also has two other apartment buildings—the 312-unit Wentworth House and the 341-unit Aurora building.

Read more at Bethesda Beat

Read our earlier blog post with more details about this project

Comcast Xfinity Outdoor Film Festival at Strathmore This Week

Thu–Sat, Aug 24–26 Activities begin at 7:30pm

Outdoor movies return to Strathmore this summer! Join them on the lawn for 3 nights of free flicks benefiting the National Institutes of Health Children’s Charities. Come early to stake out your spot, enjoy pre-show activities, and grab dinner from Ridgewells’ summer grill. Films begin at dusk.

Thu, Aug 24 – Moana

Rogue One

Fri, Aug 25 –  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Lego Batman

Sat, Aug 26 – The Lego Batman Movie

New pretty mural at Pike & Rose

Check out these photos and videos from the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee showing the creation of the new Pike & Rose mural

DAY THREE: Pinstripes Mural Project – Ramiro using 100% acrylic paint on bird #3. We could watch this all day.

Posted by Pike District on Monday, August 14, 2017

Pinstripes Mural Project

SNEAK PEAK: Exclusive time lapse video of Pinstripes mural. Much more to come!

Posted by Pike District on Friday, August 18, 2017

Drop it for a day and get a BOGO offer from Chipotle

 September 22nd is Car Free Day, a worldwide effort to encourage everyone to go car free by using public transportation, biking or walking, or to go “car-lite” by carpooling or vanpooling.  Enter to win great prizes from Montgomery County Commuter Services and the regional Commuter Connections program – including a Kindle Fire, SmarTrip® cards, and more! Also, after you pledge, you will receive an email with a buy one get one free offer from Chipotle, to use on Car Free Day!

Take the free pledge today at!

Join  the folks from The North Bethesda Transportation Center Team at the White Flint Metrorail Station on Friday, September 22nd from 6:30 am – 9:00 am to celebrate your car free or car-lite commute. Get giveaways and enter to win great prizes!

If you have any questions, please contact Traci McPhail at or 301-770-8108.


Just released – Planning Board Draft White Flint 2 Plan

The Planning Board has just released the approved draft of the White Flint 2 Sector Plan.  The next stage of review takes place at the County Council. The Council’s Public Hearing is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 19
Click the image below to read the full plan. 
Friends of White Flint will be gathering community input and testifying about both the changes we’d like to see in the plan as well as the parts of the plan we particularly like. Stay tuned for the methods we’ll use to gather that input.

Leggett Announces Free Fares on New MD 355 Ride On extRa Service during October 2017

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett announced today at the Montgomery County Fair that the new, faster Ride On extRa rush hour service beginning October 2 on Route 355 will be free, on an introductory basis, during the month of October.

“Along Route 355, our busiest commuting route, people will have another option for getting to work and home, while using WiFi to stay connected,” said Leggett. “On an introductory basis, this service will be free during October, to encourage people to try it out and decide whether it might be preferable to their current commute by transit or car.”

Ride On extRa will run only during peak periods, Monday through Friday, 5:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. It will provide service from Lakeforest Transit Center in Gaithersburg to Medical Center Metro in Bethesda – running every ten minutes and making just twelve stops. The service will connect to half of the bus routes in the County, as well as Metrorail and MARC rail.

Ride on extRa vehicles will have many amenities that promote comfort and faster service. For example, the vehicles will have traffic signal priority and passengers will have low-floor boarding, free WiFi, USB charging ports and padding on seats.

Starting in November, this service will be available for a regular Ride On fare, via SmartTrip card, pass or cash. Fare cards may not be reloaded on these buses.

Ride On extRa stops will include Lakeforest Transit Center, Summit Ave., Westland Dr., Shady Grove Metro, Montgomery College, Rockville Metro, Edmonston Dr., Halpine Rd., Marinelli Rd., Security Ln., Tuckerman Ln., and Medical Center. There will be new bus shelters and bus stop flag signs to identify Ride On extRa bus stops.