Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

P.O. Box 2761

White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


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Our testimony on Bill 29-20 that creates incentives to build housing at metro stations

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July 20, 2020

Dear Councilmembers:

Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit organization composed of residents, property owners, and businesses, writes today to urge you to pass Bill 29-20. This legislation will encourage development at both the White Flint and Grosvenor-Strathmore metro station, something we enthusiastically support. This legislation should increase the available stock of housing and spur economic development, both of which are essential to ensure Montgomery County and the Pike District prosper.…

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It’s not too late to talk about the Subdivision Staging Policy

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Montgomery Planning Board Adds Work Session for 2020 Update to the Subdivision Staging Policy

The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold an additional work session for the 2020 Update to the Subdivision Staging Policy (SSP) on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 from 7 to 9 p.m. to give Montgomery County Planning Department staff final decisions on the draft policy.

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An update on development going before the Planning Board

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Below you’ll find an important update from the White Flint Implementation Committee staff leader, Nkosi Yearwood.

Next Thursday, the Planning Board will review three White Flint related projects.

First, there is a Preliminary Plan Amendment for the Gables Residential development that extends the Adequate Public Facilities (APF) validity period by three years.…

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Advocates push for a bike lane on Old Georgetown Road from 495 to Executive Blvd.

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Right now, it’s especially important that people can get to their destinations safely. Although a growing body of research points to public transit not playing a role in COVID-19 transmission, it can be expected that ridership will be slow to return to pre-pandemic levels, whether due to unfounded fear or increased telecommuting.…

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Latest Update on the Western Workaround

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FROM MCDOT: (Learn more about the Western Workaround project.)

Photo thanks to Don Weinstein

As of July 8, 2020, Executive Boulevard between Old Georgetown Road and Grand Park Avenue at the Marriott Hotel and Conference Center is permanently closed; look for the “DETOUR” signs that are rerouting traffic. On Monday, July 13, 2020, Corman Kokosing Construction Company began tearing up the old Executive Boulevard roadway in order to facilitate both new storm drain system construction and the start of work on the extension of Banneker Avenue. …

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Pike District Provides Pop-Up Picnic Parks

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Grab a seat, bring your lawn chair or lay down your picnic blanket, the Pike District launched a pop-up picnic park initiative aimed at giving local restaurants additional outdoor seating options for their customers.

As Montgomery County moves through its COVID-19 reopening phasing, the Pike District continues to support local restaurants and food vendors whose seating capacity has been limited by local regulations.…

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Some recent photos

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If you’ve not made it around the Pike District recently, here are some photos taken by FOWF member David Walters to bring you up-to-date.

Market Street Park by the Conference Center — a great place to hang out
The new pop-up park by the conference center called Market Street Park.
No more VOB Nissan as we make room for the western workaround.
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Fear of Public Transit Got Ahead of the Evidence

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Many have blamed subways and buses for coronavirus outbreaks, but a growing body of research suggests otherwise.

From The Atlantic

recent study in Paris found that none of 150 identified coronavirus infection clusters from early May to early June originated on the city’s transit systems. A similar study in Austria found that not one of 355 case clusters in April and May was traceable to riding transit.…

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Tomorrow — Executive Blvd. Closes

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If you want to take one last sentimental drive on Executive Boulevard from Marinelli Road to Old Georgetown Road, today is your last chance to do so. Executive Boulevard closes tomorrow to construct the western workaround.

The western workaround will align Towne Road, Old Georgetown Road, and Executive Blvd. in a traditional four-sided intersection, improving the road grid.…

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You Can Request a ‘Slow Street’ In Your Neighborhood During the Pandemic

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What streets should become slow shared streets in your neighborhood?

From WAMU 88.5 Radio

During the early stages of reopening, Maryland’s largest county quickly turned downtown streets into open-air dining. Officials closed roads near trails to create temporary greenways, making more space for overcrowded trail users.  

Now, residents can request that their neighborhood streets get the “shared streets” treatment of barricades and signs at the end of a block indicating local traffic only.…

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