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: January 2018

LAST CHANCE! What questions would you like to ask the candidates for County Council and County Executive?

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As of now, there are eight candidates working to be the next District 1 Councilmember, thirty candidates hoping to be an at-large Councilmember, and seven candidates vying for County Executive.  That’s a lot of people running for office.

Friends of White Flint wants to know what each of those candidates thinks about the transformation of the White Flint area, smart growth, transit, walkability, bike lanes, and creating a vibrant Pike District that’s attractive to residents, workers, shoppers, and diners.…

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It’s Capital Budget Time in Montgomery County

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The County Executive will host a CIP (Capital Improvements Program) budget forum  on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 7 – 8:30pm at the Bethesda Regional Services Center, 4805 Edgemoor Lane.

There are several White Flint related projects from the Executive’s proposed FY19-24 budget, including

*  Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

* Montrose Parkway East

* North Bethesda Recreation Center

* White Flint Fire Station

* Western Workaround

* Shriver Aquatic Center Improvements

* Conference Center Garage

* Other Transportation Projects including Separated Bikeways.…

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End Grosvenor Metro Turn-Backs

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Some time ago, WMATA committed to eliminating the metro turn-backs at Grosvenor Station by June, 2018. These turn-backs cause every other train to end at Grosvenor station, severely diminishing service to White Flint, Twinbrook, Rockville, and Shady Grove stations. The turn-backs also negatively impact ridership to White Flint and other stops north of Grosvenor.…

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Uniqlo is coming to Pike and Rose!

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Maryland’s very first Uniqlo store opens at Pike and Rose in the fall of 2018!  For those of you who aren’t familiar with what is often called the Gap of Japan, Uniqlo specializes in inexpensive, casual clothes for men, women, and children. It is known for its unending shelves of beautifully folded shirts, sweaters, and athletic wear.…

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Executive Director Amy Ginsburg Discusses Amazon’s Possible Selection of the White Flint Area

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GINSBURG: WHITE FLINT WOULD BE ‘PERFECT’ CHOICE FOR HQ2

Although Montgomery County officials have chosen not to reveal the site they’re suggesting for Amazon’s new “HQ2,” one of the likelier locations is the old White Flint Mall property.

Last week, the Seattle-based company revealed the 20 communities that have made its first cut for its new headquarters building.…

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New 2nd District Police Station (White Flint/Pike District is in the 2nd District)

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Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett today participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Montgomery County Police Department’s new 2nd District station. The new station is located at 4823 Rugby Avenue in Bethesda.

“This project is another excellent example of creative County partnerships with the private sector that deliver state-of-the-art public facilities at little or no cost to the County, while returning highly-valued publicly-owned property to the County tax base,” said Leggett.…

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Friends of White Flint and Amy Ginsburg are featured in a podcast!

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Friends of White Flint Executive Director Amy Ginsburg had the privilege of being interviewed by Jordan Cooper for his Public Interest Podcast. Here is the link if you’d like to hear Amy and Jordan talk about the redevelopment of the Pike District and Amy’s career in the nonprofit/public service sector.…

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Amazon in the Pike District?!?!?

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So many stories about Amazon selecting Montgomery County to be one of their twenty finalists in their search for a site for their second headquarters.  And so many rumors that the Pike District/White Flint area is the area that Montgomery County is pitching! (If those rumors are true, we couldn’t be more thrilled.)

Here are links to some of our favorite news articles on the topic:

Bethesda Beat: Montgomery County on Shortlist for Second Amazon Headquarters

Washington Business Journal: New York.

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Catch up on Route 355 BRT

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Curious about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Route 355? Then attend one of the upcoming Route 355 BRT Open Houses to learn more about BRT and the project, including where and how the system could operate, potential station locations, and service options. The closest one to the White Flint area is in Bethesda on February 1.Details
Date:  February 1
Time:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Date:   Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School Cafeteria , 4301 East-West Highway, Bethesda

Learn more about Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) at www.GetOnBoardBRT.com

Find out why BRT is:

Rapid: Features like limited stops, off-board fare collection, priority signaling, and level-boarding through all doors make for a faster ride.

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What do you want to tell the Planning Board about the Bicycle Master Plan?

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The community is invited to comment on the Bicycle Master Plan Public Hearing Draft. You can read the plan here.

The Bicycle Master Plan Public Hearing will take place on January 25, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Montgomery County Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland).…

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