Pike District Updates from the Master Plan Ombudsman in the Office of the County Executive

Pike District Updates from the Master Plan Ombudsman in the Office of the County Executive

June 2021 from Pete Fosselman, Master Plan Ombudsman in the Montgomery County Office of the County Executive

• The Research and Innovation Center proposed for the White Flint Metro site continues to move forward. The County Executive has been meeting with potential universities and higher education institutions. Meanwhile, the CEX staff and I continue to meet regularly with WMATA Staff.
• The County’s Budget and Finance Departments continue to work with the County Council and the Pike District property owners on the White Flint Taxing District deficit. We met June 1st with DOT and the Planning Staff to review the existing Capital Improvement Projects and the future 355 Bus Rapid Transit.
• The Harwood Flats development off Nicholson Lane adjacent to the Home Goods is finalizing details with DOT and DPS. The project is mixed use with 335 residential units.
• The Grand Park project across from Pike & Rose and adjacent to the Conference Center has entered into a purchase and sale agreement for the development of the western end of the block which will be the first of three phases to move forward.
• North Bethesda Market II has a sketch/preliminary plan amendment in for review at the Planning Department.
• Rose Village (aka Wilco Property) The vacant office building currently on this parcel will be torn down, but the other two existing office buildings will remain. 375,000 square feet of office space and 1,300 and 1,500 residential units will be constructed along with a one-acre civic green area.
• The site plan for the Northpark at Montrose (aka Wilgus property) will go to the Planning Board on June 24.
• The Montgomery Housing Partnership has proposed a six-story residential building at the intersection of Nebel Street and Old Georgetown Road. The project will have 170 residential units with 25% affordable housing. MHP has submitted a sketch plan to the Planning Department.
• Pike and Rose Lot 2 is proposed for a Research & Development building and is at the Planning Department for a site plan amendment. We met with DOT and FRIT June 1st to go over the 355/BRT improvements schedule.
• Advancing the Pike District team is focused on three active components: 1) coordinating with stakeholders to implement solutions identified in the “Development Trends, Infrastructure Update, and Short-Term Solutions” report, 2) working with property owners to create streetscape design guidelines for the Pike District, and 3) designing the Pike District Connector.
• Pike District Connector team is coordinating with MCDOT to finalize pedestrian improvements along the Connector route and is working with Montgomery Parks, Better Block, and community members to design activations at critical intersections along the Pike District Connector, with a goal of opening the Connector in early August.
• The County Executive sent a letter to the WMATA Board the last week of May indicating the community’s desire to rename the White Flint Metro to the North Bethesda Metro. Thanks to Council Member Friedson, Friends of White Flint, the Downtown Advisory Committee, and the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce

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