Archives April 2018

RCA Community Meet & Greet for County Council and State District 18

Please come out for what will be the Randolph Civic Association’s biggest and highest profile meeting in years. On Thursday, May 3, they will feature candidates for Council District 4, At-Large, and the State District 18 Senate and Delegate races- over 50 candidates in all! Attendees will have the rare opportunity to meet all the candidates in one evening ahead of the June primary.
Event Location: Viers Mill Rec Center, 4425 Garrett Park Road
Event Time: May 3, 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

White Flint: A walkable win · Hosted by Coalition for Smarter Growth

The Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG) is hosting a walking tour that explores White Flint’s rapidly developing strides in livability and walkability on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 am to 12 noon.

As the new Pike & Rose development moves forward and residents make headway on more accessible, visible crosswalks through our Pike District Pedestrian Safety Campaign (PikePeds,)  you’ll see firsthand what’s changed and what’s left to be done to make White Flint more resident- and pedestrian-friendly.

Come along as Coalition for Smarter Growth, Friends of White Flint, and County officials revisit the site of Montgomery’s premier suburban retrofit. You’ll learn about PikePeds’ successful community efforts for safer streets, Phase 2 of the Pike & Rose project, and more upcoming developments that will shape the future of this transit-accessible neighborhood.

Walk with CSG to explore the past, present, and future of this emerging hub of development!

CSG tours are active, so please wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen, and bring a water bottle!

Learn more and RSVP by clicking here.

Pike Central Farm Market Opens Saturday April 28

Mark your calendars for the opening of Pike Central Farm Market Saturday, April 28 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm. The market is located at Pike and Rose in the REI Parking Lot, 910 Rose Ave. There’s two hours of free parking in the convenient garage.

Enjoy live music, great farmers, free Kids Club, balloon creations for the kids and much more! Just a few more days until you can once again enjoy fresh and local food from our favorite farmer’s market.

The Block Asian Food Hall Coming to Pike and Rose in 2019

From Washingtonian Magazine

At Annandale’s The Block, you can get Thai noodle soups alongside doughnut ice cream sandwiches, poke bowls, and chicken nuggets. But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming from a second, larger location of the food hall in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development, set to debut in late 2019.

The Block’s Maryland outpost will span 8,500 square feet with 250-to-300 seats, eight food stalls, and a bar. Although the exact lineup isn’t finalized, co-owner Arturo Mei says potential stalls will serve Asian street foods and Nashville hot chicken. They’re also looking to create a breakfast concept similar to Eggslut, an LA-based chain known for its brioche bun egg sandwiches (here with an Asian twist).

The space itself will incorporate shipping containers with mezzanine seating on top, and communal tables throughout the hall. String lights and lots of greenery are designed to give the place an outdoor feel like night markets in Asia. It’s not official yet, but the layout may possibly include a couple karaoke rooms.
Read the entire article here.

Usher in Spring at AMP with $10 tickets to select show

Spring sure has been reluctant to arrive this year, hasn’t it? Everyone knows that April showers bring May flowers, but this seems a trifle excessive. That’s why we’ve decided to try to move spring along with the positive thinking that comes from a feel-good SALE!

Get $10 off seated and standing tickets to the following shows using promo code SPRINGFLING. We can’t apply the discount to already purchased tickets, but hope you can use the code to visit another time! Don’t delay; this offer expires Monday at midnight.

JOHN LLOYD YOUNG {Jersey Boys star} April 20
WE BANJO 3 {Celtic bluegrass} April 25
JARROD LAWSON {Soul-jazz sensation} April 28
URBANARIAS {A new twist on opera} May 10
CORKY SIEGEL’S CHAMBER BLUES {30 years of blues & strings} May 25

A comprehensive assessment of the White Flint area in Washington Business Journal

Washington Business Journal reporter Daniel J. Sernovitz recently wrote a lengthy article about the White Flint area that looks in depth into the strengths and weaknesses of our community from a development perspective.  The article, titled The Hunt for HQ2: How a former shopping mall could become Amazon’s second home, centered around Amazon’s search for a second headquarters also looks at the rest of the developing area and is very much worth a read.  It begins:

The seeds of White Flint’s economic revival were planted years before Amazon.com Inc. kicked off its search for a second headquarters, and some have already borne fruit for Montgomery County and Maryland.

The proof can be seen in patches along Rockville Pike, the area’s main commercial drag, with new developments like the Whole Foods-anchored North Bethesda Market. And yet, strip retail centers and aging office buildings still define the landscape, a reminder of how far the corridor has to go to become the grand pedestrian-oriented boulevard county leaders envision.

Montgomery County’s 2010 White Flint sector plan was designed to effect that change, setting the stage for 17.6 million square feet of new development spread over 430 acres. Much of that exists only as plans on paper and glossy renderings, lacking an anchor tenant or sufficient financing to make it a reality.

Friends of White Flint executive director Amy Ginsburg is quoted twice in the article.

Proponents like Amy Ginsburg, executive director of the Friends of White Flint, a group that seeks to further the goals laid out in the county’s sector plan, hope Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos wants to be that change agent.

“We’re just in this awkward stage where we’re not where we were five years ago, when all we had were strip malls, but we’re not at that point where we’re walkable,” Ginsburg said. “In Arlington, and D.C., and most of the other sites, it’s a done deal, you get what’s already there, but in White Flint, you can be a part of the process where you can help shape that.”

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Those improvements are likely to be disruptive for area residents and employees in the near term, but Ginsburg sees the longer-term payoff as far outweighing the temporary inconvenience that comes with new construction and traffic improvement projects. 

“I think the community, as a whole, would just be revitalized,” Ginsburg said. “Now, to get to that point, there will be a couple of years of pain as all those projects are constructed, so I think it’s worth those two years of frustration for the innumerable long-term benefits to infrastructure, roads, transit and schools.”

https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/04/16/the-hunt-for-hq2-how-a-former-shopping-mall-could.html

More from our amazing District 1 Candidate Forum

Seventh State is doing a series of posts based on our District One Candidate Forum.  The first blog post focuses on the answers given by the candidates about what they think about Amazon possibly making their second headquarters in the White Flint area. The second blog post concentrates on the increasing levels of county government debt.

CLASH ON THE ISSUES, PART I: RECRUITING AMAZON

This is the first in a series about the issue positions of candidates in District 1 based on the debate hosted by Friends of White Flint. Candidates clashed greatly on whether and how to pitch White Flint as Amazon’s future location. While all touted Montgomery County’s assets, there was enormous disagreement on providing tax incentives.  Read the rest of the blog here.

CLASH ON THE ISSUES, PART II: IS BALLOONING DEBT A PROBLEM?

This is the second in a series about the issue positions of candidates in District 1 based on the debate hosted by Friends of White Flint. Today’s post looks at whether the candidates are concerned about the share of the county budget going to service debt, which is approaching 20% according to the question. Read the rest of the blog here.

Bethesda Beat also wrote a story about our candidate forum which you can read here.

One thing that the Democratic candidates running for the open Bethesda-based District 1 County Council seat didn’t agree on at a forum Thursday night was how to pitch the county to Amazon to attract the company’s second headquarters location.

Seven of the eight Democratic candidates running for the seat appeared at the forum in North Bethesda and two said they wouldn’t roll out the red carpet to welcome the tech giant or its billionaire owner Jeff Bezos.

Now enjoy these photos from our well-received, illuminating District One Candidate Forum.

 

Yippee! We’ve got Bikeshare in the Pike District!

Friends of White Flint Executive Director Amy Ginsburg was honored to be invited to cut the ribbon last week on our new Bikeshare stations!

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett celebrated the installation of eight, new, Bikeshare stations in the Pike District and Twinbrook, bringing the County’s total Capital Bikeshare network to 82 stations. These eight stations – and a future one at Pike & Rose – will provide local Bikeshare access in and around the lively and transit-oriented Pike District and surrounding areas.

”Here in the Pike District and nearby, we are celebrating eight, new, Capital Bikeshare stations,” said County Executive Leggett. “These stations offer more options for residents and workers to commute between their home and workplace to the Red Line – and, to visit local stores and restaurants without getting in a car.”

Leggett was joined at the ceremony by Montgomery County Council President Hans Riemer, Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton, Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Director Al Roshdieh, and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Assistant Secretary Charles Glass.

Now, nine of the 12 Metrorail stations in the County have Capital Bikeshare available, both at transit stations and in significant portions of the surrounding areas, facilitating use of Bikeshare for first-mile/last-mile connections to transit and other activities.

MCDOT won a $240,588 Maryland Bikeways Program grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to purchase and install five Capital Bikeshare stations in the Pike District and Twinbrook.  Four of those stations are in White Flint and one is in Twinbrook, east of the Twinbrook Metro Station.  A sixth station was added on Executive Boulevard using private sector contributions.

Working in concert with the County, the City of Rockville also received a grant award from MDOT for two more stations in Twinbrook, one at the Twinbrook Metro Station and one at Congressional Lane and East Jefferson Street.  Another Bikeshare station will be added at a later point to the Pike & Rose project.

In addition to the state grant funds, private sector contributions helped meet grant matching requirements and leveraged the impact of public funding, including: JBG Smith Properties,  Brookfield, Goodstone LLC, and Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT)

What a fabulous Candidate Forum (if we do say so ourselves.)

We will post a much more comprehensive summary and story on what the candidates said during our incredibly successful District One Candidate Forum on Monday, but today, I want to thank some folks and share some photos and links to the tweets and videos of the forum.

First, thank you to the Bethesda North Conference Center who generously donated the space for our forum.  Not only that, but when we discovered (six hours before the start time of the forum) that more people were coming than we had room for in the amphitheater, the calm, utterly competent staff of the conference center, moved us to a larger space.

Second, another big thank you to our volunteers who cheerfully checked in the 200 people who attended, gently persuaded folks to take their seats, ensured the candidates knew how much time they had to speak, took photos, took notes, and provided all-around assistance.  Each of them was vital to the success of this event. Thank you to:  Kofi Meroe, Beth Robinson, Amy Lwin, Eleanor Choi, Valerie Haseltine, Barbara Karwaski, Todd Lewers, Craig Sager, Sheila Barton, Michele Forzley, Christina Koch, and Kristi Cruzat

You can watch the entire forum on Facebook Live thanks to our volunteer cameraman, Walter Johnson student Amir Kalantary.

David Lublin from the Seventh State live tweeted the forum as did Doug Tallman from Montgomery Community Media.