There were so many improvements and exciting additions to the Pike District in 2017 that I’m hoping my sometimes-feeble memory enables me to list them all.
–Pike and Rose Phase 2 came to life with Pinstripes, LL Bean, REI, Sephora, H & M, Sur la Table, a park that looks and acts acts like a living room, and The Henri Apartments.
-Phase One of the Western Workaround was completed (or just about completed) including a brand new Conference Center garage.
-A very good White Flint 2 Plan was passed by County Council after years of meetings, testimony, and modifications.
-Thanks to the work of our Pike District Pedestrian Safety Campaign, MCDOT embarked on a pedestrian improvement initiative that kicked-off with freshly painted crosswalks.
-FOWF and the Coalition for Smarter Growth organized three well-attended Walkable Wednesday tours that showed the White Flint area through the eyes and feet of pedestrians.
-FOWF and CSG also held a crosswalk ribbon-cutting that featured County Executive Ike Leggett, MCDOT Director Al Roshdieh, and Councilmember Roger Berliner.
-The second annual Pike District Fall Fest was a smashing success with more than 1,000 people enjoying music, wine, beer, kids activities, and sweet treats.
-Every week, we blogged, emailed, and posted all the news about the ever-changing White Flint area.
-The Grosvenor-Strathmore minor master plan amendment was passed by the County Council.
-FOWF hosted a variety of community meetings to discuss topics of interest to the White Flint area.
-The Central Farm Market found a permanent home at Pike and Rose.
-The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee released its Business Improvement District road map.
-LCOR announced its newest project, a low-rise apartment building near Harris Teeter, Wentworth House and Aurora.
-Both the Gables Pike District and East Village at North Bethesda Gateway apartment projects continued to march forward.
-The County Council voted to fund the Wall Park/Aquatic Center garage so soon the current large surface parking lot will be pulled up and replaced with lovely green space.
-We launched our very successful Resident Ambassador program through which multi-family and single-family communities have an ambassador to serve as a two-way conduit of information between the community and FOWF.
I think that 2018 is going to be an outstanding year, too. Look at all that’s projected to happen:
–Canopy by Hilton at Pike and Rose will open in February.
-Gables Pike District and East Village at North Bethesda Gateway will likely begin construction around the middle of the year.
-MCDOT will install a variety of pedestrian improvements, including mid-block crosswalks, crosswalks at intersections which lack a full set of crosswalks, ADA improvements, and other projects to make walking in White Flint easy and safe.
-More stores and restaurants will open in Pike and Rose, including Jinya Ramen Bar, Nandos, Taylor Gourmet, Baked Bear, Blue Mercury, Red Door Spa by Elizabeth Arden, Scout and Molly’s Boutiques, and Nada.
-Owners will start to move in to their condos at 930 Rose.
-Planning will continue for Phase 2 of the Western Workaround.
-Separated bike lanes on Marinelli will continue to move through the design process.
-Bike share will finally come to the Pike District.
-Friends of White Flint will be asking the candidates for County Council District One, County Council At Large, and County Executive about their thoughts about smart growth, transit, and walkability as well as their ideas and plans for the White Flint area.
-No doubt there will also be scores of other developments that my magical glass ball can’t yet discern.