Friends of White Flint

Promoting a Sustainable, Walkable and Engaging Community

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White Flint Station

Kensington, MD 20891

Phone: 301-980-3768

Email: info@whiteflint.org


Author Archives: Barnaby Zall

Should the MAC be renamed the Shriver Center?

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver were two giants in public service and White Flint history. Eunice was the founder of the Special Olympics, whose first sessions — known as “Camp Shriver” — were on her lawn in what is now the Timberlawn community of White Flint; she passed away in 2009.…
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New “Development Finder” Web Tool from Planning Board

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The Montgomery County Planning Board is moving into the 21st Century, aided by Google Maps. Now you can go to: http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/development/finder.shtm

click on a map, and see information about various projects in the County. The map, for example, shows the three pending White Flint “sketch plan” proposals at Mid-Pike Plaza (Federal Realty), North Bethesda Market Phase II (JBG), and North Bethesda Gateway (ProMark).…

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Diane Schwartz-Jones Responds to Concerns About Public Amenities Charette Process

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Diane Schwartz-Jones is Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s chief staffer on the White Flint Sector Plan. She has been intimately involved in the planning and approval processes for some time, and is an active member of the White Flint Implementation Committee.

She has proposed a new series of community meetings on the “public amenities” in the White Flint Plan.…

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“Do You Know Who You’re Hiring?” – April 11 Meeting of White Flint Implementation Committee

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The White Flint Implementation Committee met again last night in a sweltering conference room at the Montgomery Aquatic Center to discuss progress on the White Flint Sector Plan. It was a light agenda, and the meeting adjourned shortly after 9PM, just before participants began keeling over from heat exhaustion.

But first, there was the usual attendant controversy.…

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In-Fill Development Speaker on Weds April 13

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The Montgomery Planning Board’s Speaker Series continues with a speaker on “in-fill development” in established neighborhoods like White Flint. The session will be held in Silver Spring at the offices of the architecture firm Torti-Gallas, 1300 Spring St., Suite 400. The presentation will begin at 6PM. Planning staff Director Rollin Stanley told me: “The speaker, Deni  Poletti, is an architect from Toronto whom I worked with to transform a neighborhood in Toronto through very cool infill mixed use, residential medium and high rise buildings.  …

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Staff Recommendations for Changes in White Flint Implementation Guidelines

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As mentioned in the last few posts, the White Flint Sector Plan requires the Planning Board to adopt implementation guidelines to cover both transportation and planning processes changes necessitated by the new features of the Plan. Some of these include the new Comprehensive Local Area Transportation Review (CLATR), which substitutes for earlier “how fast do cars move through intersections” tests, and the new “sketch plan” process, which provides for public input at earlier stages than the prior site plan-only process.…

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April 11 Meeting of White Flint Implementation Committee

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Nkosi Yearwood, chief planner for White Flint’s renovation, has announced that the next meeting of the White Flint Implementation Committee will be held Monday, April 11 at 7:3o PM, at the Montgomery Aquatic Center (MAC) in Wall Park on Executive Blvd. The topic will be the implementation guidelines recently discussed by the Planning Board.…

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A Painful Cut

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Faced with Montgomery County’s massive $300 million budget deficit, County Executive Ike Leggett took decisive action to close one leak in the County coffers: according to the Washington Post, as soon as he heard that County employees were receiving $400,000 to obtain Viagra and other forms of relief for erectile dysfunction, “I looked at it.…

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