Archives August 2019

Lord & Taylor rumored to be staying at White Flint

Lord & Taylor was sold this week to a little-known clothing rental service, Le Tote, a seven-year-old San Francisco company.

Hudson’s Bay, the chain’s parent company, will continue to own Lord & Taylor’s real estate and cover Le Tote’s rent at those properties for three years. Le Tote will pay $100 million in cash for Lord & Taylor’s brand and inventory and take control of 38 stores and the chain’s digital presence. Five stores will close as part of the transaction, but the company did not say which ones.

Friends of White Flint has heard from unnamed sources (how very Washington Post of us to cite unnamed sources) that Lord & Taylor at White Flint Mall will be staying at the mall site…at least for now.

Thrive Montgomery 2050: Planning for the Decades to Come

Did you know the last time we updated Montgomery County’s General Plan we were still trying to step foot on the moon? Technology has come a long way since then. How will technology continue to influence the way we work, commute and live? With this plan, Montgomery Planning is planning for the decades to come. 

Montgomery Planning staff are working to analyze data and trends along with your feedback to come up with recommendations on the future of the county. We wanted to share with you some facts we are looking at right now. 

Montgomery County is still growing

Demographics are changing

More residents are also working in Montgomery County

It’s getting hotter

Home ownership is declining

Number of trips made in the county is not decreasing

Take a deeper look at the subject areas that Thrive Montgomery 2050 is aiming to address.

A little history of the Pike District

For those of you who grew up here and/or hung out in the Pike District of 40 years ago, here’s a little bit of history. Do you remember of the Rainbow Inn? Check out this document from the Maryland Historical Trust.

The Rainbow Inn was located at 11520 Rockville Pike, which is now a strip mall with Palm Beach Tan, Mirage Nails, and Stella’s Bakery and will one day be Saul Center West.

According to the document, “This is a massive, two-story frame structure, with several adjoining wings, etc. The main block is a hip-roofed, three bay section that faces east. An imposing, two-story, pedimented portico projects from the center section. There is a central door here, that is flanked on each side by large, 6/6 windows. The other bays also have large, 6/6 windows. A massive brick chimney stack exits from this slope of the roof, south-of-center. The north and south end slopes feature double dormers. To the SW rear, is a slightly-lower wing of similar design. All in all, an imposing edifice left over from the early-20th Century Rockville Pike “estate era .. ” Now used as a rather seedy-looking motel.”

I’m pretty sure my friends and I at Woodward High School in the late-70s believed The Rainbow Inn featured ladies of the evening, though we never tested the theory nor had any proof, so we we could easily have been mistaken.

Update on Marinelli Bike Lanes


We have made some changes to the Marinelli Road Separated Bike Lanes design after meeting with Park & Planning and WMATA. We are eliminating the metered parking on the south side from Citadel to Nebel to improve the design. This will allow for more space in the bike lane, buffer and travel lane. Also, this allows us to add a floating drop off (8’ wide concrete platform between the bike lane and travel lane for Metro Access to drop off and deploy their handicap ramp) at St. Coletta of Greater Washington which provides for better protection to cyclists than the original design with just pavement markings.

These revisions have not been completed by our design engineer, and we need to still vet it through MCDOT Transit and WMATA. We hope to submit the revised plans to MCDOT Transit and WMATA next week and once we receive their okay, we can set up our pre-construction meeting with our contractor. We are anticipating a construction start date of October 1, 2019.

Mark Your Calendar

September will be here before we know it, so mark your calendar for our next Friends of White Flint Community Meeting, September 24, 7:00 pm at AMP by Strathmore at Pike & Rose.

We’ll hear a presentation about the proposed monorail along I-270 and Route 355 as well as catch up on all the news of the Pike District/White Flint area.