Montgomery Co. announces delay in completion of North Bethesda homeless shelter

From Channel 7 WJLA-TV

NORTH BETHESDA, Md. — Montgomery County’s Department of General Service has announced the expected project completion date for the Nebel Street Homeless Shelter will be delayed several weeks.

The new expected completion date allows a street utility project to be wrapped up. The utility project must be completed by the utility company to allow DGS to be able to access the gas and water main lines.

The Nebel Street facility is a critical project that will provide temporary shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness and will provide associated services which are insufficient for the current population and future projections. DGS purchased the two-story building located at 11600 Nebel Street in North Bethesda to provide sleeping quarters, meals, and medical and case management services. This new facility will enable the county to implement its new emergency shelter policy for the unhoused population so that they have access to year-round shelter and a temporary place to spend their days until they are connected to permanent housing.

“The Nebel shelter project had been progressing as planned, but the project delay due to the utility work and supply chain issues is unfortunate,” said DGS Director David Dise. “We are sourcing other suppliers and are in regular contact with senior management of Pepco, Washington Gas and WSSC, all of whom are expediting the street utility work. While it is good news there is permanent place for the shelter and a project design that will more effectively serve those in need of shelter, the project delay impacts those who reside in the temporary shelter, the Recreation Department and community members who have waited for their community recreation center and senior center to be reopened.”

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Old Georgetown Village in The Washington Post

Budding families and camaraderie in North Bethesda’s Old Georgetown Village

From The Washington Post

According to Alana Lasover, the best thing about Old Georgetown Village, a townhouse community near Pike & Rose, the White Flint Metro station and the Capital Beltway, starts at her kitchen window. There she views the zelkova and sycamore trees, knowing that each of the four streets in the North Bethesda, Md., neighborhood has a mix of trees — dogwoods the next street over, cherry two streets north, and dogwoods and crape myrtles to the south.

It’s also the perch from which she watches the changes in the neighborhood. She sees more children playing as young families move into this wooded enclave of 198 townhouses, built in 1979 and ’80 by Richmarr Construction, as original owners move out.

Also outside her kitchen window is the driveway, which figured in her decision to buy into the neighborhood in 1982. She had been renting a townhouse three doors down, and when she was ready to buy, she eyed a house with a driveway so that her two teenage sons would have extra room to park.

From The Washington Post

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Candidates for District 4 County Council Race Announced

So far, three candidates have announced they are running for the District 4 County Council race, and one of them is a name you will recognize.

Friends of White Flint Executive Director has entered the race. In this week’s Bethesda Beat article, it said, “A graduate of Charles W. Woodward High School, she has headed a number of nonprofits, including Neediest Kids, the  Manna Food Center and the Low Vision Information Center.”

Takoma Park mayor Kate Stewart is also running for this council seat. Bethesda Beat noted that “Stewart has been Takoma Park’s mayor since 2015. She said that has given her experience in dealing with some of the same issues facing the County Council, including housing affordability, racial equity and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

John Zittrauer of Silver Spring announced yesterday that he was also entering the race. In a Bethesda Beat article it said, “Housing — not only affordable housing, but also housing for homeless people — is a key priority for him moving forward.”

Amy Ginsburg, John Zittrauer, and Kate Stewart

NoBe Market opens loft apartments

NoBe Markets’ brand-new LOFT APARTMENTS are pre-leasing! And they’re offering a Look and Lease Special with a WAIVED amenity fee if you lease your apartment home within 48 hours of your first tour.

NoBe’s brand-new and luxurious studio, one-, and two-bedroom loft apartments are guaranteed to upgrade your lifestyle. Every sophisticated loft boasts distinctive wood-style flooring and an oversized open-concept living area, forming an unparalleled blank canvas. Go ahead, sculpt your home’s interior to perfection as you reach new heights of enjoyment with soaring 13-foot to 18-foot ceilings and the striking aesthetic of floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a swanky look that delivers an abundance of natural light and airflow. Exposed ductwork and concrete add visual impact and character to your space. Authentic Italian doors and cabinetry offers stylish design made of the finest quality, while designer-inspired kitchens feature GE stainless steel appliances and chic granite countertops. Enjoy the energy and water efficiency of a personal front load washer/dryer while filling your oversized walk-in closets with your fabulous wardrobe. Marvel at the comfort and convenience of smart home technology. Your new Nest thermostat promises to keep the temperature consistent with its self-learning features. A complete list of loft amenities is listed below. Representing a peerless addition to North Bethesda’s high-end apartment scene, NoBe’s lofts offer an airy oasis above the urban landscape below. You’ll quickly see, its the little touches of luxury that set these residences apart in a BIG way.

Contact the leasing office to schedule a tour at 301-907-3817

Planning Board Hearing December 16 at 9:00 am for Strathmore Avenue Project

This Strathmore Property is currently developed with the vacant St. Angela Hall Retirement Home, open space, and frontage associated with the Academy of the Holy Cross School. The rezoning will allow for the future redevelopment of the Property with up to 125 single-family dwelling units (including a minimum of 15% MPDUs) and a 145-bed residential care facility. An associated Preliminary Forest Conservation Plan and Tree Variance is recommended for approval and discussed in a separate Staff Report. Subsequent Preliminary and Site Plan reviews will be required if the Local Map Amendment is approved.

Permitted uses on the Site include up to 125 single-family detached and attached dwelling units
(including a minimum of 15% MPDUs) and a residential care facility (with up to 145 beds).

  1. Commercial uses are not permitted on the Property, except permitted accessory uses associated with
    the residential care facility.
  2. A natural surface trail must be provided along the western side of the Site that is subject to a public
    access easement.
  3. The Property is limited to no more than three points of vehicular access from Strathmore Avenue.
  4. The Property must be subdivided to formally delineate the boundary of the area subject to the rezoning
    at the time of Preliminary Plan.
  5. A Phase I Noise Analysis must be submitted with the Preliminary Plan to identify noise levels that might
    impact interior and exterior spaces subject to the Planning Department’s Noise Guidelines. The analysis
    must be performed by a qualified acoustical engineer. If a combined Preliminary/Site Plan is
    submitted, the Site Plan must include recommendations from a qualified acoustical engineer to
    mitigate excessive noise levels per the Noise Guidelines.
    At the time of Preliminary Plan and Site Plan(s) approval, the Applicant must address the following:
  6. The Applicant will upgrade the Strathmore Avenue frontage through the construction of the 10-footwide shared use path and 6-foot-wide green buffer that complies with the North Bethesda/Garrett Park
    Master Plan, the Bicycle Plan, and other applicable plans and policies.
  7. Create a safe and attractive pedestrian trail that connects open spaces within the development and, to
    the extent practicable, connects the development with the surrounding community.
    a) The trail should be of a permeable material (i.e. natural surface, wood chip, wood mulch) that
    provides good accessibility and low maintenance and seating should be provided along select
    portions of the natural surface trail that are outside of the floodplain but may lie within the
    stream valley buffer.
  8. Create an attractive and walkable streetscape on both sides of Street C:
    a) Continue to coordinate with Staff on the townhouse driveways to create a pedestrian friendly
  9. Create useable public open spaces:
    a) Consolidate public open space to two or three areas and work with staff to improve the utility
    of these spaces at the time of Site Plan.

Read the entire staff report.

Executive Director Amy Ginsburg interviewed on WUSA-TV

Executive Director Amy Ginsburg was interviewed yesterday on WUSA-TV about our successful campaign to change the name of the White Flint metro station to North Bethesda. If you hadn’t heard already, yesterday metro unanimously approved the name change.

Click the image to watch the video). We know through our advocacy that there were many residents who wanted to change the name from White Flint to North Bethesda, and we believe that once folks get used to the new name, they’ll actually like it.