Archives April 2019

Have you heard? There might be a building moratorium in the WJ Cluster.

This potential building moratorium has probably flown under your personal news radar, but it could have real consequences in the Pike District. Basically, Walter Johnson High School and five other school clusters could be placed under a one-year residential building moratorium July 1 because the schools are at 120% or more of their student capacity.

Casey Anderson, Planning Board Chair, said during a WAMU interview, “If you have a development moratorium, then you’re cutting off a source of revenue that can help to solve the problem. In fact, you’re arguably cutting off more revenue than it would cost you to accommodate the new students. The other issue is that over the medium term, or even the short term, we’re really constraining our economic development more generally because our workforce needs housing that meets the needs of employers.”

The Planning Department has analyzed data from MCPS and concluded that most new students aren’t coming from new housing — they live in existing homes. Of the roughly 4,000 new students attending schools targeted for moratoria, only about 200 of them — or 5 percent — occupy new developments. That illustrates how, despite the myths, new construction does not necessarily increase school population.

In the same interview, Coalition for Smarter Growth said, “The moratorium is a blunt and counterproductive tool. When the moratorium is in effect, the county misses out on all of the benefits of new development, like providing more homes around transit.”

We’ll be writing more about this issue over the next couple of weeks, but here are a few articles to catch you up.

Video from Fox 5 news. (Ignore the first couple of insipid interviews and get to the part where Casey Anderson speaks.)https://www.fox5dc.com/news/402541493-video

Channel 9 news story and videohttps://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/maryland/montgomery-county-bans-new-housing-developments-due-to-school-overcrowding/65-bea4b904-5131-4b17-8ed0-f0845461a06b

The scoop on Java Nation

From Store Reporter

We’re hearing lots of great buzz about Java Nation, the coffee shop/restaurant that’s taking over the old Addie’s/Helen’s space on Rockville Pike. Owner Simona Cabana tells us she’s renovating the building and adding more outdoor seating (which could be tricky, since it’s unclear what’s going to happen to the burned-out shell of nextdoor neighbor Hank Dietle’s). This will be the second location for Java Nation, which has earned an avid following in Kensington for its top-notch coffee and European-style menu. Cabana says she’ll be baking bread and pastries in-house, roasting coffee beans on the premises, and offering a full bar including signature caffeine-infused cocktails. (Espresso martini, anyone?) The menu will be a mix of American, European and Latin cuisine with an emphasis on Peruvian dishes. Doors could open as early as August.

Celebrate Earth Day at Nobe Market

Join NoBe Market on April 27th in celebration of Earth Day! Earth Day at NoBe Market will be hosting three family-friendly classes open to all ages. Learn natural blueprinting from an international artist, gardening from the editor of Washington Gardener magazine, and get an inside look at beekeeping from one of Maryland’s master Beekeepers.

NoBe Market, also known as North Bethesda Market, is located between Rockville Pike and Woodglen Drive, Marketplace Lane and Executive Boulevard.

Are your mouths watering? The Pike Central Farm Market returns Saturday to Pike & Rose

In 2011 Pike Central Farm Market opened as an integral part of the Pike & Rose complex in North Bethesda, Maryland. Located on a parking lot next to the new REI at Pike & Rose, the farm market hosts over 40 vendors of farm-fresh meats, fruits, veggies, baked good, and so much more! You won’t want to miss one weekend of the Pike Central Farm Market at Pike & Rose.

The market features table seating, music, local Maryland winery and farm brewery tastings, kids club activities, chef demos, a special Tuesday Thanksgiving market and more.

Pike Central Farm Market April 27 – November 23, 2019 Saturdays, 9am-1:30pm

Western Workaround Construction Latest Update

From MCDOT: Construction activities anticipated for the next two weeks beginning April 21, 2019

The utility infrastructure relocation and construction which began in August 2018 is near completion and will finish mid-Spring, 2019.

PEPCO electrical construction located on the MNCPPC Aquatic Center property north of the Marinelli Road entrance has been completed—the contractor will return once PEPCO has installed a new power pole.

Washington Gas (WGL) infrastructure upgrades continue in and along Old Georgetown Road in the main line south of the intersection with Executive Boulevard. The Contractor’s operations have expanded to include directional drilling and pipe placement operations underneath Executive Boulevard and Old Georgetown Road with equipment set up and staged in the grassy area south of the Towne Road cul-de-sac. Once they have completed the installation of the 12” main gas line, the contractor will work in the northbound and southbound lanes of Old Georgetown Road north of the Executive Blvd. intersection. This work will be completed during the nighttime hours of 8:00 pm to 5:00 am and is scheduled to be completed these by mid-May 2019, weather permitting.

The construction activities continue on Towne Road behind the Pike & Rose complex and along Old Georgetown Road. Over the next two weeks, construction activity related to Towne Road will be focused in the area of the existing storm water management pond between the Towne Road cul-de-sac and Executive Boulevard. Until further notice, no parking is permitted on either side of Towne Road. In addition, please pay attention to any temporary closure(s), look for steel roadway plates, expect probable driving delays, and look for possible pedestrian detours as the contractor conducts these ongoing field operations.

Please note that these will be active work zones so be sure to look for the orange warning signs and flaggers! 

A spring treat at AMP at Pike & Rose


$5 OFF TICKETS TO SELECT SHOWS at AMP

Now that Tax Day is behind us we can start thinking of fun ways to spend our refund—and nothing is better than a great night out! Use promo code SPRING5 to get $5 off tickets to the following shows at AMP by Strathmore.

Jeremy Schonfeld, April 27
Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel, May 1
Hear Us, May 7
Deva Mahal, May 8
Matt Bergman, May 10
Flow Tribe, May 31

That should put a spring in your step as you enjoy the wonderful weather. See you at AMP!

AMP by Strathmore is located at Pike & Rose.

Western Workaround Construction Update

Are you seeing more orange traffic cones around Old Georgetown Road and Executive Blvd? Here’s why.

Some of the utility infrastructure relocation and construction which began in August 2018 is winding down and will finish in early Spring, 2019.

Construction continues on Towne Road behind Pike & Rose and along Old Georgetown Road. Over the next week, construction activity related to Towne Road will be focused in the area of the existing stormwater management pond between the Towne Road cul-de-sac and Executive Boulevard. Until further notice, no parking is permitted on either side of Towne Road. In addition, please pay attention to any temporary closures, look for steel roadway plates, expect probable driving delays, and look for possible pedestrian detours as the contractor conducts these ongoing field operations.

Construction activities with their attendant right lane closure in the southbound lanes of Old Georgetown Road after Executive Boulevard will continue. During nighttime construction work, they will require multiple lane closures on Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard.