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


Author Archives: Rebecca Hertz

About Rebecca Hertz

Rebecca Hertz is the Assistant Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts in 2012. She completed her Master’s Degree from Clark University, as well, in Community Development and Planning in 2013. She is interested in how built environments impact the health and growth of communities. Prior to this role, she worked as a youth worker and mentor for several non-profit organizations in Maryland and Massachusetts. She grew up in Rockville, MD and has recently moved back to the region.

The “Timeless” East Village at North Bethesda Gateway

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**Post is updated to correct the retail square footage and the description of the public walkway**

 

ProMARK Real Estate and Foulger-Pratt held a public community meeting on May 27th on their newly designed preliminary site plan for the East Village project of the North Bethesda Gateway. Dick Knapp, senior vice president at Foulger-Pratt, offered the presentation on this project he’s working on with fellow developer, ProMARK Real Estate.…

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Rebranding Proposal at Next White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee Meeting

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Next Tuesday, the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee will take up the proposal for the rebranding of the White Flint district. Here is Ken’s update:

The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee will consider a proposal to co-brand the area around the White Flint Metro Station and nearby Twinbrook Metro Station (see map) as one business district. 

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Pike Central Walking Club

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Walkability is an important interest for us here at Friends, especially because of walking’s positive effects on our health and environment. We recently learned about an exciting opportunity for some fun and healthy ways to incorporate walking and exercise around the White Flint area.

The Pike Central Farm Market is hosting the new Pike Central Walking Club.…

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June Meetings for County White Flint Advisory Committees

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Next week, county advisory committees will meet to discuss White Flint redevelopment:

White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee

Date: Monday, June 9, 2014 @ 7:00pm-8:30pm

Where: Federal Realty Investment Trust Headquarters, 1626 E. Jefferson Street Rockville, MD 20852

The agenda for the meeting includes:

  1. Introductions
  2. Updates
    1. Development Activity
    2. White Flint Downtown Committee (Francine Waters)
  1. WF Implementation Coordinator Report  (Dee Metz)
  2. North Bethesda Gateway-Lake Waverly/Foulger Pratt Presentation

 

White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee

Date: Tuesday, June 10th at 8am

Where: Bethesda North Conference Center, Cabin John Board Room

The agenda will include a presentation and discussion on naming and branding of the District.

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Check out Plank & Rose at Pike Central Market This Saturday

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This Saturday, May 31st, Pike & Rose will host a free, outdoor yoga event, Plank & Rose, at the Pike Central Farm Market. Please join us for this excellent event and another great chance to learn more about Pike & Rose.  We’ll also be out there with information about Friends of White Flint – make sure you stop and say “hello!”

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Plank & Rose will take place from 10 am to 12 noon with a free yoga class from 10:30 am- 11:30 am, as well as great music, an aqua bar, and a raffle to win a $250 gift card to Lululemon and a yoga pack from City Sports.…

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Montgomery County Council FY-15 Budget Updates

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The Montgomery County Council met on Thursday, May 15 to deliberate on the FY-15 Montgomery County Operating Budget and the FY 2015-20 Capital Improvements Program. The council came to an unanimous tentative agreement on the Operating Budget for FY-15 and the FY2015-20 CIP.

Some of the key actions to took place that are important for White Flint include:

  •  The approval of the FY 15 Montgomery County Operating Budget of $4.99 billion, which will include funding for the Urban Park Elements.
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Check out FOWF at Bike to Work Day 2014

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Friends of White Flint was a sponsor at the Bike to Work Day 2014 pit-stop in North Bethesda at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission building on Rockville Pike last Friday.  Despite less-than-ideal weather conditions, we still had a great turnout!  Thanks to Ize’s Deli and Bagelry for partnering with us in donating a $50 gift card for one lucky winner!…

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Updates from May White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee Meeting

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Nkosi Yearwood began the committee meeting by discussing updates on the various development projects:

  • Saul Centers’ White Flint sketch plan was approved April 17th by the Planning board.
  • North Bethesda Gateway development is moving forward after the sketch plan was amended last year. The preliminary site plan was amended 3 weeks ago and will be coming to the Planning Board in the near future.
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The Need for Affordable Living

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Often when people are looking for affordability, they look at mortgage or rent payments but perhaps housing costs are not the only aspect we need to focus on when trying to lower the costs of living.

Dan Zack, for Better Cities and Towns, discusses the “need to make affordable options available in other aspects of people’s lives, which can offset high rent.” This idea is something to consider when new developments are coming to our area, like in the White Flint district.…

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White Flint Meetings Next Week

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White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee

When: Monday, May 12th at 7:00 pm

Where: Wall Local Park/Shriver Aquatic Center Multi-Purpose Room

The White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee is a body appointed by the Planning Board in 2010 to:

  • Review assumptions made regarding traffic, including transit use and parking
  • Monitor plan recommendations
  • Identify new projects for the amenity fund
  • Monitor the county Capital Improvement Program and Growth Policy
  • Recommend action by the Planning Board and County Council 

The agenda for this meeting includes updates on current development activity, a report from the White Flint Downtown Committee on the Tiger Grant and other items, and a report from WF Implementation Coordinator on the CIP budget and other items.…

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