Randolph Road detours/closures begin next week

Construction is projected to begin on August 30 on Randolph Rd. from Parklawn Dr. to Nebel St. to begin excavation of the 27’x40’ entry pit for the micro- tunnel operation for the new Pepco substation.

Closures on Randolph Road will extend from Parklawn Drive to Nebel Street. Drivers going through the area should plan ahead and consider an alternative route.

Eastbound traffic will be open on that stretch of Randolph Road and westbound traffic will be diverted to Parklawn Drive and to Rockville Pike (Maryland state Route 355). Sidewalks on Randolph road will stay open.

A slight delay re-opening the intersection at Executive Blvd. and Old Georgetown


 During the past week we have seen considerable rain.  MCDOT is currently monitoring weather conditions which will impact the reopening date of August 23, 2021. The final paving activities that must take place prior to reopening the Executive Boulevard/Old Georgetown Road intersection are weather dependent.  The weather forecast this week continues to call for rain which creates a potential for delay.  We are doing our best to have the intersection reopened in a timely manner.   The project newsletter that will be posted this week will also contain this information.  Please reach out to me or our project team if you have any questions.  We appreciate your patience during construction.  

Based on the current weather predictions, the anticipated re-opening date for the intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard is on or about Friday August 27th

Want to learn more about Thrive Montgomery 2050?

The next meeting of the Coalition for Smarter Growth Montgomery for All will be Thursday, June 24th from 7:00-8:00pm. They’ll be joined by District 1 Councilmember Andrew Friedson, who will be talking about Thrive Montgomery 2050. He’s a member of the Planning, Housing, and Economic Development Committee, which will be leading the council’s review of Thrive. This is a chance to hear this thoughts and ask him questions! Register here to receive the Zoom information.

Josiah Henson Museum Public Programs

The Josiah Henson Museum opened their doors to the public on April 23rd, and they have over 400 visitors in the midst of capacity restrictions and limited days of operation (Friday – Sunday).  They are thrilled to announce that they have two public programs to celebrate and commemorate the birthday of Reverend Henson this June.

Josiah Henson, Celebrating His Legacy – Tuesday, June 15th  at 6pm

This free pre-recorded virtual program, presented by the new Josiah Henson Museum and Park, celebrates Reverend Josiah Henson’s birthday with performances by the Washington Revels Jubilee Voices and a panel discussion, “Josiah Henson, Celebrating His Legacy.” The panel consists of select national museum leaders, educators, and historians, and Shirl Spicer, Countywide Museum Manager, Montgomery Parks, moderates. To Register https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/123046

Josiah Henson Museum and Park – Freedom Well Chalk Walk   Saturday June 19th, 12pm – 4pm   


Join our “Freedom Well Chalk Walk” an in-person celebration of the Reverend Josiah Henson’s birthday week and Juneteenth. When asked, “How do you plan to use your freedom?” Henson answered, “I will use my freedom well.”

Learn about Reverend Henson’s journey to freedom through an interactive chalk walk on the park grounds. Draw your own images on the Freedom Mural and take home a seed stick station.

NO ONSITE PARKING AVAILABLE – Parking is available at The Shriver Aquatic Center at Wall Local Park located at 5900 Executive Boulevard, North Bethesda, MD 20852.   

Pike District Updates from the Master Plan Ombudsman in the Office of the County Executive

June 2021 from Pete Fosselman, Master Plan Ombudsman in the Montgomery County Office of the County Executive

• The Research and Innovation Center proposed for the White Flint Metro site continues to move forward. The County Executive has been meeting with potential universities and higher education institutions. Meanwhile, the CEX staff and I continue to meet regularly with WMATA Staff.
• The County’s Budget and Finance Departments continue to work with the County Council and the Pike District property owners on the White Flint Taxing District deficit. We met June 1st with DOT and the Planning Staff to review the existing Capital Improvement Projects and the future 355 Bus Rapid Transit.
• The Harwood Flats development off Nicholson Lane adjacent to the Home Goods is finalizing details with DOT and DPS. The project is mixed use with 335 residential units.
• The Grand Park project across from Pike & Rose and adjacent to the Conference Center has entered into a purchase and sale agreement for the development of the western end of the block which will be the first of three phases to move forward.
• North Bethesda Market II has a sketch/preliminary plan amendment in for review at the Planning Department.
• Rose Village (aka Wilco Property) The vacant office building currently on this parcel will be torn down, but the other two existing office buildings will remain. 375,000 square feet of office space and 1,300 and 1,500 residential units will be constructed along with a one-acre civic green area.
• The site plan for the Northpark at Montrose (aka Wilgus property) will go to the Planning Board on June 24.
• The Montgomery Housing Partnership has proposed a six-story residential building at the intersection of Nebel Street and Old Georgetown Road. The project will have 170 residential units with 25% affordable housing. MHP has submitted a sketch plan to the Planning Department.
• Pike and Rose Lot 2 is proposed for a Research & Development building and is at the Planning Department for a site plan amendment. We met with DOT and FRIT June 1st to go over the 355/BRT improvements schedule.
• Advancing the Pike District team is focused on three active components: 1) coordinating with stakeholders to implement solutions identified in the “Development Trends, Infrastructure Update, and Short-Term Solutions” report, 2) working with property owners to create streetscape design guidelines for the Pike District, and 3) designing the Pike District Connector.
• Pike District Connector team is coordinating with MCDOT to finalize pedestrian improvements along the Connector route and is working with Montgomery Parks, Better Block, and community members to design activations at critical intersections along the Pike District Connector, with a goal of opening the Connector in early August.
• The County Executive sent a letter to the WMATA Board the last week of May indicating the community’s desire to rename the White Flint Metro to the North Bethesda Metro. Thanks to Council Member Friedson, Friends of White Flint, the Downtown Advisory Committee, and the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce