Category Development Projects

Pepco Substation Construction Updates

From Pepco:

Week of 07/05/2021

Randolph Rd. Near Parklawn Dr.-Package B -Anchor-Backfill/Temporary asphalt-Continue excavation

Nebel St./White Flint Substation-Package C (CW & Sons Crew)-Continue excavation south (CW & Sons)-Install conduit-Pour concrete-Form up for 2” oil lines-Continue box tunnel to substationNebel St. 100’ North of Old Georgetown-Package A (CW & Sons Crew)-Backfill/temporary asphalt-Continue excavation to stubs

Week of 07/12/2021

Randolph Rd. Near Parklawn Dr.- Package B -Anchor-Install conduit-Pour concrete-Backfill/Temporary Asphalt

White Flint Substation-Package C (CW & Sons Crew)-Complete box tunnel (Louden Tunneling)-Form up for 2” oil lines to be backfilled-Chester to install 2” oil lines-Backfill trench

Nebel St. 100’ North of Old Georgetown-Package A (CW & Sons Crew)-Continue excavation-Install conduit-pour concrete-backfill/temporary asphalt

Please feel free to reach out to Shamyra Edmonds, Project Ombudsman, for any questions or concerns about the White Flint Substation project at 202-643-3148 or sedmonds@cwsons.com.

Planning Board approves 144 new housing units on Montrose!

Yesterday the Planning Board approved the plans for the Wilgus property located at Montrose Parkway and Towne Road to build 107 townhouse units, including 34 stacked two-over-two multi-family units and 15% MPDUs. They will also build stormwater management, a landscape buffer, five new roads, a .75 acre central park and a .21 western park.. They also will make a school and park contribution as a public benefit. 12.62-acres will be developed for this phase out of a total of 16.64 acres.

The Planning Board previously approved the Preliminary Plan on October 15, 2020 and the Sketch Plan
on August 1, 2019.

Pike & Rose, Block 3A, North Bethesda — Awarded LEED Gold

From Top LEED-Certified Buildings in Maryland in 2020 by Commercial Property Executive

Pike & Rose

The office component of the mixed-use development owned by the Federal Realty Investment Trust was completed in 2020 and achieved LEED-CS v2009 Gold status in the same year. The 212,000-square-foot, 12-story Pike & Rose is near the White Flint Metro station and interstates 270 and 495.

The building features an expansive curtain wall and punched window glazing, paired with a shallow core depth to optimize natural light and access to exterior views. Dedicated outdoor air ventilation delivers 100 percent outside air into the property, filtered to levels appropriate for operating rooms. Moreover, occupants benefit from 30 percent more fresh air than required by code.

The mid-rise also includes a Wi-Fi-enabled rooftop amenity space with an outside terrace, bike storage and a touchless elevator system with PORT technology that automatically limits the number of occupants. Tenants at the property include Federal Realty Investment Trust, Industrious and United Solutions.

An update on the Pepco Substation

Work will resume for the White Flint Substation project Mon-Fri from 8:30am-3:30pm, with Saturday work as needed.  Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic and work will be covered with steel plates after hours.  

06/07/2021

Randolph Rd. Package B -Anchor– Backfill/Temporary asphalt- Continue excavation
Nebel St./White Flint Substation-Package C (CW & Sons Crew)– Continue excavation south on Nebel St.- Begin box tunnel towards substation- Install conduit
Nebel St. 500’ North of Old Georgetown-Package A (CW & Sons Crew)– Install conduit- Pour concrete- Backfill/Temporary asphalt

06/14/2021

Randolph Rd. Near Parklawn Dr.-Package B -Anchor– Continue excavation- Install conduit- Pour concrete
Nebel St./White Flint Substation-Package C (CW & Sons Crew)– Continue box tunnel- Pour concrete- Install 2” oil lines?
Nebel St. 500’ North of Old Georgetown-Package A (CW & Sons Crew)– Continue excavation- Install conduit


170 residences proposed in six-story building in the Pike District

From Bethesda Beat

A development proposal in the White Flint area calling for a six-story building with 170 residences has been filed with the Montgomery County Planning Department.

The Montgomery Housing Partnership has proposed a six-story residential building at the intersection of Nebel Street and Old Georgetown Road.

The group’s development application says the goal is to provide units for people with a range of incomes. At least 25% (43) of the units will be designated as affordable housing and some will be rented at “levels substantially below” affordable housing guidelines.

The site is currently undeveloped and “contains numerous environmental features that make redevelopment of this prominent site challenging,” according to the development application.

There is a stream and significant slopes, but developers plan to preserve many “existing environmental features,” documents say.

The building design will incorporate the environmental features, developers wrote. It will provide “ample transparency overlooking the natural features” at the back of the property and there will be an outdoor deck “built into the trees.”

There will be an approximately 7,000-square-foot park and plaza, as well.

Read the entire article here

Updates from the White Flint Implementation Committee

Here are some important updates from the White Flint Implementation Committee.

Site Plan

  • Pike & Rose-Phase 2, R&D building, is under review. The proposed R&D building will be located north of Rose Park and Bark Social.
  • The site plan for the Northpark at Montrose (aka the Wilgus property) will go to the Planning Board on June 24.

Concept Plan

  • Rose Village is the proposed redevelopment of the office property (6001, 6003 and 6011 Executive Boulevard), which is located west of Towne Road and between Executive Boulevard and Montrose Parkway. This property is within White Flint 2, but it is within the White Flint tax district and follows the staging provisions in the 2010 White Flint plan.

Sketch Plan

  • The Montouri property, which is located at the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Nebel Street and opposite North Bethesda Center, has submitted a Sketch Plan. The vacant property has several environmental issues. Montgomery Housing Partnership (MHP) is the property developer.

Mandatory Referral

  • Montgomery County is in the process of purchasing an office property at 1600 Nebel Street for an emergency homeless center. The interior of the existing building will be renovated for the proposed use. The Board will review the property acquisition on Thursday, May 27.

Metro Station Renaming

  • The existing White Flint Metro Station will be renamed as North Bethesda in the future.

20 is Plenty

  • This MCDOT initiative seeks to lower speed limits to 20 MPH on some urban areas in the County, including White Flint. Executive Boulevard, Security Lane, Woodglen Drive and Edson Lane are included in this pilot project.

Advancing the Pike District

  • The project team is currently work with MCDOT on implementing the Pike District Connector and the creation of streetscape guidelines for the plan area.

Randolph Hills Walk Audit

Montgomery County to spend $500,000 on push for global pandemic center

From The Washington Post

An ambitious push to create a “Global Pandemic Center” in suburban Maryland got a $500,000 boost Tuesday from the Montgomery County Council, which said the project could help drive the county’s post-pandemic economic recovery and foster resilience against the next major health crisis.

Spearheaded by the regional nonprofit Connected DMV, the center would involves scientists and policymakers from across the globe but operate primarily from the D.C. region, with a likely headquarters in Montgomery.

It would “identify and launch strategic projects needed to advance pandemic avoidance and preparedness,” Connected DMV said in its pitch to the council, including a $2 billion flagship initiative, titled “AHEAD 100,” that would stockpile monoclonal antibodies — laboratory-made treatments — for 100 pathogens most likely to cause global pandemics.

Becoming the site of a global pandemic center, Elrich said, could help attract other cutting-edge research companies. His administration last year entered an agreement with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to establish a life sciences campus next to the White Flint Metro station, with infrastructure to support a mix of start-ups, tech companies and research institutions. The search for a lead developer is ongoing.

Read the rest of the story at The Washington Post

Pike District does its part

From Bethesda Beat

The County Council approved spending $13.6 million — $8.2 million in general obligation bonds and $5.5 million in federal grants — to acquire land, renovate a facility and cover other costs for a new homeless shelter to be located on about an acre of land at 11600 Nebel Street. This shelter will replace shelter on Taft Court in Rockville because the current shelter, under lease with the city of Rockville, will no longer be available for use starting in January 2022. The Taft Court shelter has 60 beds.

Work on the new facility is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The shelter will have up to 102 beds per floor, shower and restroom facilities, dining and food prep areas, multi-purpose spaces, and case management and group therapy areas.

The county needs about 250 year-round beds, with a surge capacity of 50 to 100 beds. The project is needed because the county’s current homeless shelters and services are “insufficient for the current population and future projection,” a council staff report noted.

An Update on Harwood Flats

You might now be asking yourself, Huh? What’s Harwood Flats? Harwood Flats is the new name for East Village, the apartment building currently being built on Nicholson Lane. Here’s a quick behind-the-scenes Q and A with Foulger Pratt, one of the developers of the project.

Why did you change the name? The original branding direction for the project was refreshed from its original concept and refined to better meet the market and our target audience. This new name provides a subtle urban appeal.

Where are you in the project right now and what is the expected completion date? We are currently working on the seven-story concrete structure and expect to deliver our first units in the 3rd Quarter of 2022.

How many residences will there be? Harwood Flats will have 335 units (42 MPDU’s) with a unit mix of studios, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3-bedroom units.

What amenities will Harwood Flats residents enjoy? The community will have just over 15,000sf of amenity space. Amenities will include a fitness center + yoga room, an interior courtyard on the ground level and a club room, game room, private dining area and pool deck on the top floor (level 7)