Archives June 2018

Plans for the Grosvenor-Strathmore Garage

The Montgomery County Planning Department received the first application for development within the  Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Area Minor Master Plan since it was approved and adopted in January 2018. WMATA submitted a Mandatory Referral application requesting to replace their surface parking lot with an expansion to the existing garage. Review the application documents.

The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold a hearing on the Mandatory Referral at their Thursday, July 19, 2018 meeting at the Montgomery County Planning Department (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910).  Please check the Planning Board Agenda (posted July 5, 2018) for the hearing time.

This Mandatory Referral project is the product of a joint development agreement between WMATA and Fivesquares Development for the redevelopment of the property adjacent to the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro Station. The first phase of redevelopment is to expand the existing parking garage to eventually replace the surface parking lot to free up the land for redevelopment. Subsequent phases will address the larger redevelopment of the site and will undergo substantial regulatory review by the Planning Department and the Planning Board.

Questions, comments? Please contact:

Maren Hill, Senior Planner, Area 2   301-650-5613




BRT Presentation from last week’s Community Meeting

Corey Pitts of the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) gave a succinct and informative presentation about Bus Rapid Transit on Route 355 at last week’s community meeting.  We’re happy that we can share the slides from that presentation with you today. (Click on a slide to enlarge it.)

Guardian’s Redevelopment Plans Receive Initial Approval

Montgomery County Planning Department gave preliminary approval to the project at the corner of Executive Blvd. and Old Georgetown. Often called the Guardian property, it is located at 6000 Executive Blvd. It would be the first redevelopment in the White Flint 2 sector plan area and would be build in three phases.  There will be about 925,000 square feet of development, including 364 senior living homes. You can read the view the sketch plan submitted by Guardian here.

According to Bethesda Beat, “The “iconic” office and retail tower at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard would be the tallest building at about 200 feet in height, while one of the residential buildings—with about 233 homes—would be about 150 feet tall. At about 70 feet in height, a 131-unit structure would be the smallest of the new buildings because of its proximity to a neighborhood of single-family homes.

Guardian’s plans would provide 100,000 square feet of open space, including a bike path along the southern edge of the property that would form the first piece of a trail envisioned by the sector plan. A pocket green or plaza is proposed for a space along the larger residential building, and a half-acre neighborhood green would stand next to Old Georgetown Road.”

Check out the plans for the separated bike lanes on Marinelli

Approximately sixty people attended last night’s very informative community meeting. Over the next few days, we’ll share with you the presentations that folks from MCDOT made on various topics.

Today we share the presentation on the separated bike lanes on Marinelli Road from Nebel to Rockville Pike. This project will add .4 miles of one way 5 feet- to 6 feet- wide separated bike lanes. (Click the slide to enlarge.)

Hope to see you tomorrow at our community meeting

Here’s the agenda for tomorrow night’s free and open-to-everyone community meeting

June 20, 2018, 7 pm, AMP by Strathmore

7:00     Call to order

7:05     Financial report

7:10     Property owner updates

7:20     Pedestrian improvements (Chris Conklin, MCDOT)

7:35     Western Workaround (Bruce Johnston, MCDOT)

7:50     Marinelli bike lanes (Patricia Shepherd, MCDOT)

8:05     BRT on Route 355 (Corey Pitts, MCDOT)

8:20     Other business


The Beach at Pike and Rose is the place to be this summer

This summer the neighborhood has a new hang spot. Dip your toes in the sand while you kickback in an L.L. Bean adirondack with an Orange Crush (it is the beach cocktail) and relax.

Open daily, The Beach is the place to meet for lunch, play games and enjoy your staycation.

On Friday and Saturday, The Beach Bar, hosted by Ridgewells Catering is open from 4pm to 9pm-ish (beach vibes and summer weather dependent).

Just announced! Join Sport & Health for FREE outdoor fitness classes. More info here.

Check out the live webcam and some photos from social media from the Beach  at Pike and Rose.

The latest on the Grosvenor Turnback

Click here to read the entire article from WTOP 

The funding to end the Grosvenor Turnback is now embedded in Metro’s fiscal year 2019 budget, which will serve as the base year for Virginia’s calculations of cost caps imposed on Metro as part of the agreement to provide a share of new dedicated capital funding for the agency.

The Metro board is scheduled to be briefed next month on an analysis of whether adding service on the Red Line at rush hour to and from stations between Shady Grove and Grosvenor-Strathmore is even feasible under Metro’s current operating procedures and rules, and whether such additional service would meet federal civil rights requirements.

General Manager Paul Wiedefeld declined to say Thursday whether Shady Grove could handle the extra traffic, until that analysis is completed. Shady Grove did have more trains scheduled in the past than it does today. But at those times, Metro did not always meet its scheduled service levels.

“Ending the Grosvenor turnbacks has been a longstanding objective for improving service for Maryland Red Line riders for both Montgomery County and the state of Maryland,” Maryland Metro Board member Michael Goldman said.

It was promised in a 2015 deal, he argued, when Maryland allowed Metro to fund power upgrades on the Blue and Orange lines. That resolution did direct Metro staff to come up with a plan for possibly ending the Grosvenor turnback in 2018 or 2019 as more new Metro cars arrived. Since 2015, Metro has cut scheduled rush-hour service across the rail system.

Any Red Line change — if one happens — is not expected until January.

You can read more at The Washington Post, too.