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.

Poppin Up with URBNmarkets at Pike & Rose

Grab your besties and save the date for URBNmarkets Spring Pop-Up April 30th – May 2nd. Stroll down Grand Park Avenue and shop unique finds and handmade products perfect for everyone. And don’t forget, Mother’s Day is right around the corner! RSVP for updates and additional information. 

Event will be on Grand Park Avenue from the intersection of Persei Place (between H&M/Uniqlo) to Rose Avenue (between Nada/Blue Mercury.)

Hours for the URBNmarket:

  • Friday, April 30
    • 3pm-8pm – URBNmarket Operating Hours
  • Saturday, May 1
    • 12pm-8pm – URBNmarket Operating Hours
  • Sunday, May 2
    • 10am-3pm – URBNmarket Operating Hours

And our fav Farmers Market is back!

On Saturday, April 24th Pike Central Farm Market will reopen for its 10th season. Over 30 vendors will be at the market this year. The market features fresh fish and seafood, cheese, meats, dairy, eggs, baked goods, charcuterie, fermented foods, organic produce, fresh organically grown flowers and prepared foods to go. The hours are 9:00 am -1:30 pm every Saturday at Pike & Rose.

Covid protocols are still in place so masks are required to enter the market.

You can now tour Josiah Henson Museum & Park

The Josiah Henson Museum & Park tells the story about the life and challenges of Reverend Josiah Henson, enslavement in Maryland, and the ongoing struggles of racial equality and justice. The new museum is located at 11410 Old Georgetown Road, North Bethesda.

Josiah Henson Museum & Park will open with timed & ticketed entry. Tickets for timed entry to Josiah Henson Museum & Park are now available online at ActiveMontgomery.org with the first entries to the Museum available on Friday, April 23 at 10 am.

Josiah Henson Museum & Park is the former plantation property of Isaac Riley where Reverend Josiah Henson was enslaved. This park is a historic resource of local, state, national and international significance because of its association with Reverend Henson, whose 1849 autobiography, The Life of Josiah Henson, Formerly a Slave, Now an Inhabitant of Canada inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s landmark novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. The Park contains the historic Riley/Bolten House (1800-1815) and its attached log kitchen (1850-51). Ongoing archaeological excavations seek to find where Josiah Henson may have lived on the site.

MD 355 BRT/Flash Project Update

The MD 355 Flash project will bring fast and reliable bus service in dedicated lanes to this busy corridor. The project will create new connections, and support growth and redevelopment. MCDOT is working on the preliminary design for the MD 355 Flash. We completed a survey of the corridor last year to inform the work. We are designing the parts of the corridor with dedicated lanes (Grosvenor to Germantown) first. Segments without dedicated lanes will be designed later. This phase of design will run through the end of 2022.

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)

A perfect day in the Pike District, according to Visit Montgomery

Pike & Rose

Morning

One of the newest downtown centers in North Bethesda, Pike & Rose features an array of shopping, unique eateries and entertainment. Begin your staycation with a croissant at Sunday Morning Bakehouse or one of Summerhouse Santa Monica’s famous cookies.

Warm-up your arms and get your juices flowing with a round of bowling or bocce at Pinstripes. Enjoy lunch on their rooftop deck or head next door to The Block, an Asian-inspired food hall.

Evening

Located across the street from Pike & Rose is the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel. For a limited time, the hotel is offering a Get Your Swing Back Package to celebrate the addition of their new Topgolf Swing Suite. Overnight rates include complimentary parking and wifi. Use code GOF for a $50 food & beverage and a $50 Topgolf Suite credit when you book the package.

Spend the evening enjoying an immersive social experience in your own comfy lounge with fantastic food and beverage service. The private Topgolf Swing Suite simulator bay and massive screen offers a variety of virtual games – including signature Topgolf target games zombie dodgeball, hockey, baseball, football, carnival games. The overall experience delivers a one-of-a-kind simulation that’s fun for golfers and non-golfers alike.

Pike District Connector Community Kickoff Meeting

Wednesday, April 28, 7-8 pm

Join the Montgomery County Planning Department and Friends of White Flint for a community kickoff meeting for the Pike District Connector on April 28 (7-8 pm). The Connector is a temporary, one-mile pathway on the west side of the Pike District that will link the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail. As part of this project, the Better Block Foundation will activate hubs at several intersections along the Connector with seating, artistic elements, and planters. Better Block is a nonprofit that educates, equips, and empowers communities and their leaders to reshape and reactivate built environments to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods. The Planning Department previously worked with Better Block for the White Flint Placemaking Event in 2018 and the Burtonsville Placemaking Festival in 2019.

Please register in advance (https://montgomeryplanning.org/events/pike-district-connector-community-kickoff-meeting/), a meeting link will be shared the day of the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Walker Freer at Walker.Freer@montgomeryplanning.org

Why Thrive Montgomery?

Thrive Montgomery addresses the role of planning in encouraging healthy lifestyles; supporting arts and culture; and building a sense of community, but its overarching goals relate to economic performance, racial equity, and environmental sustainability. You can read about Thrive Montgomery, the first complete overhaul of our community’s comprehensive plan since 1964, here. Also on The Third Place blog, Planning Chair Casey Anderson gives an excellent summary of where we are right now in Montgomery County.

Here are a few tidbits from his recent blogpost:

Our quality of life depends on attracting and retaining employers and, in turn, the employees they need. Montgomery is in the 99th percentile of counties in household income and educational attainment but our economic performance has been slipping since the Great Recession of 2008. The number of jobs in the county grew by 5% from 2004 to 2019 while 20 similarly sized counties across the country grew employment by an average of 21%. Montgomery County experienced the slowest rate of business formation in the DC region from 2010 to 2019.

Household income growth in the county lagged the national average (14% vs. 25%) and was the slowest in the region during this period. Montgomery County added jobs, albeit slowly, but growth came largely in lower wage sectors of the economy.

Today communities with high concentrations of racial and ethnic minorities also show lagging median household incomes.  And even as the county becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, our neighborhoods are still largely separated along income and racial lines.

Unless we attract more young adults this aging of our workforce will put more pressure on the tax base as the proportion of retirees relative to residents in their peak earning years grows. This increase in the so-called elder-adult dependency ratio means that our economic performance will have to improve just to maintain current levels of tax revenue and the services it funds.

Read the entire blog post on The Third Place

Spring Events at NoBe Market

Join NoBe Market this month to kick off spring with not one, but two unique experiences you won’t want to miss! Seasons52 is bringing you the perfect at-home happy hour featuring Caymus Vineyards wines and ExtendYoga is bringing back their free Outdoor Yoga series on the plaza, back by popular demand.

Enhance your at-home happy hour on Friday, April 16th at 5:00pm EST with a wine learning session from Seasons52’s sommelier while sipping on a selection of three Caymus Vineyard wines! Caymus Wines flight features three different wines for the cost of only $26! To ensure the freshness of the wine, all flights can be picked up the day of the event, Friday, April 16th during business hours, prior to the virtual event. Click here to learn more and sign up for the virtual wine tasting

Join Extend Yoga to kick off our popular Outdoor Yoga Series on the plaza on April 17th at 9:00am EST! Focus on linking conscious breath while awakening your strength, energy, and flexibility in a FREE* 50min yoga flow! This class welcomes all levels from non-yogis to advanced yogis. Yoga flow is open to all levels and ages with a valid Eventbrite ticket. Eventbrite ticket required to attend. Spots will be given on a first come, first served basis once check-in opens at 8:45am. Capacity is set to 25 people in the plaza. Ticket does not guarantee a spot. If spots are available at 9:00am, walk-ins will be granted access. Click here to learn more and register for free outdoor yoga on the NoBe Market plaza.