Archives September 2021

Welcome to the Pike District, Call Your Mother

Call Your Mother opened yesterday at 11807 Grand Park Ave at Pike & Rose, selling their famous wood-fired bagels. Enjoy savory favorites like the Royal Palm and the Horizon. Sweet more your speed? Try the Grand Villa or the Paradise Manor. Preview the menu and get ready to find your favorite!

Call Your Mother serves bagel sandwiches that include the Gleneagle with salmon, cream cheese, cucumbers, and shallots, among other tasty and unique sandwiches.

Customers can also order one bagel for $2.50, three for $7.50 and 13 for $22. Call Your Mother offers seven types of bagels.

Currently, hours are from 8 am to 2 pm, and they recommend you order ahead on weekends.

Community Briefing on Strathmore Square

From Matt Harris, Andy Altman and Ron Kaplan of Fivesquares:

We wanted to reach out to let you know about a community briefing on Tuesday, September 21 where we will present the final site plan for phase 1 of Strathmore Square that we will be submitting to M-NCPPC next week. While it has been awhile since we last met (via zoom), we have been hard at work advancing Strathmore Square to bring it to fruition.

The community briefing, as required by M-NCPPC, will be held via GoToMeeting on Tuesday evening, September 21, and it would be great if you could join.  The link for the online meeting is https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/435920533.

Click here to see the presentation we will be giving that describes phase 1, which includes buildings 3a and 3b, the park and the main spine road serving the site.

Bethesda Trolley Trail to Montrose Parkway Ride, Saturday September 18

Come join WABA, the Montgomery Planning Department, and Better Block Foundation on September 18th at 10am, for a family friendly, no rider left behind ride as we explore the Bethesda Trolley Trail and Executive Boulevard protected bike lanes going to the Pike District and Montrose Parkway Trail.

We’ll meet up at the Bethesda Metro Kiss n Ride lot (near the elevators going down to the Metro station) and ride to the Bethesda Trolley Trail entrance at Norfolk Street, taking the trail up to the Pike District. After a brief stop at the Montrose Parkway Trail, we will ride back on the Pike Connector trail to Wall Local Park for activities for all ages.

For more information on the Planning Department’s Advancing the Pike District Initiative and an interactive map of the Pike District Connector see their information page here. There is also even more information in the flyer from the Better Block Foundation.

Be sure to register, to help us plan for turnout.

MCPS scales down plans for Woodward High as costs increase

Capacity cut from 2,700 students to 2,160 students

From Bethesda Beat

As costs increase, Montgomery County Public Schools has adjusted its plans for the renovated Charles W. Woodward High School, removing several classrooms and reducing the maximum capacity by about 540 students.

Original plans called for an enrollment of 2,700 students, but on Thursday, the school board voted to approve new plans that cut the capacity to 2,160 students. Sixteen classrooms will be removed to shrink the school’s size by about 35,575 square feet.

Adjusting the plan now will allow for it to remain on schedule while still accomplishing three key goals:

• House students from Northwood High while their school is rebuilt

• Reopen as its own school once Northwood students depart

• Be home to a high school arts program

Read the rest of the article at Bethesda Beat.

Pike & Rose Job Fair Sept. 14

See if one of the excellent restaurants and stores at Pike & Rose has the perfect job for you by stopping by the job fair.

Pike & Rose is holding a job fair at Amp by Strathmore Tuesday, September 14 from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Some of the participating retailers include Call Your Mother, Fogo de Chao, Sunday Morning Bakehouse, H & M, Visionworks, REI, Nada, Sports & Social, Julii, Burger Fi, Melina, Ipic, and Chipotle,

Join the Josiah Henson Community Celebration on Sunday, September 12!

FREE day of family fun, including activities, musical performances, and reenactors. Click here to learn more.

12 – 4 pm

No tickets are required. Please park at Wall Local Park.

• Musical performances to remember our heroes
• Re-enactments to reflect on our past and look towards a hopeful future
• Participate in our Peace Pinwheels demonstration on the grounds and portray how you plan to bring peace to the world

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Josiah Henson Museum & Park tells the story about the life and challenges of Reverend Josiah Henson, enslavement in Maryland, and the ongoing struggles of racial equality and justice.

Visit JHM&P and experience interactive audio and visual presentations. Explore the park engage in personal or group reflection. Engage with the archaeology sites throughout the grounds

Construction Begins at New Rockville Burlington Location

From the MoCo Show:

Back in January we let you know that Burlington wold be taking over the old Barnes & Noble Location in Montrose Crossing. After over half a year, construction has started on the discount clothing retailer located at 12055 Rockville Pike.

Barnes & Noble moved to Congressional Plaza this past August.

Things are just getting started, so there’s not much progress, but a picture can be seen below.

Burlington currently has two other locations in Montgomery County, Gaithersburg (600 N Frederick Ave) and Silver Spring (8661 Colesville Rd.). The retailer used to be known as Burlington Coat Factory.

Analyzing the future of mixed-use development in Montgomery County

Montgomery County has allowed mixed-use development in buildings around activity centers for many years with the goal of creating interactive streets, providing meaningful public spaces, and creating communities where people can live, work, shop, and play within a given neighborhood. Numerous studies show that mixed-use districts generate higher real estate value, reduced vehicle miles traveled, and higher transit ridership.

new study by Montgomery Planning’s Research and Strategic Projects (RSP) Division has found that mixed-use development projects are likely to become even more common than single-use projects both locally and nationally. Considering there is only about 15 percent of “unconstrained” land available for development or re-development in the county, mixed-use properties are needed to support our future economic and population growth. Learn more through an interview with the project manager of the Montgomery County Mixed-use Development Study, Research Planner Nicholas Holdzkom, in the latest Third Place blog post.