Got questions about the upcoming Old Georgetown Road and Executive Blvd. intersection closure?

MCDOT is holding an online meeting to discuss the upcoming road closure and detour plans for pedestrian/bicyclist and vehicular traffic for the Old Georgetown Rd and Executive Blvd. intersection closing. The online meeting will be held Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 4PM – 5PM.

Please see the link below for the public meeting. This event is open to the public, and MCDOT will be taking questions via chat. https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetupjoin/19%3ameeting_NGVkZWJlNjQtNTFiOS00ZjVhLWIwZDUtZGYzNTczYmI1ZDAx%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%226e01b1f9-b1e5-4073-ac97-778069a0ad64%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%227abcc5b3-2e3c-43ad-a074-86c4c1b0b1c7%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d

Read more about the closure here.

Ariana Kelly’s Fabulous Vaccination Update

Delegate Arian Kelly has a fabulous update on vaccination data in the state and county. Did you know:

  • This week, Maryland is up to 15.8% of our population vaccinated, and Montgomery County is above that average at 16.3%. In great news, 40% of Marylanders 65 and over are now vaccinated.
  • In the New York Times ranking of states based on the percentage of population vaccinated with at least one dose, we are ranked 31st out of 50 states.
  • State data reveals that while Latinos make up 11% of the Maryland population, they have received only 4% of the vaccine.
  • If you are trying to get an appointment at a State mass vaccination site, make sure to sign up for text alerts by texting “MDReady” to 898-211.
  • This week the Montgomery County Health Department sent invitations to everyone 75 and over who has pre-registered with the county. If you pre-registered and did not receive an invitation, check your junk mail! If you still have no invite, you should email c19vaccination@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 240.777.2982 and answer “yes” three times (MoCo resident, over 65, need assistance with the form). The agent will prioritize you for an appointment.
  • According to state data (as of March 2nd), the percentage of Montgomery County seniors vaccinated varies by age: 85+ = 58% vaccinated; 75-84 = 68% vaccinated, and 65-74 =33% vaccinated.
  • 17% of Montgomery County women are vaccinated. 11.5% of Montgomery County men are vaccinated

Proposed changes to the White Flint Taxing District

The county is proposing changes to the special White Flint Taxing District. For the fifteen people who aren’t property owners who are curious about this issue, you can peruse a Power Point presentation on the topic.

You can read Friends of White Flint’s official position here.

The County Council will hold a work session on the resolution to repeal and replace Resolution No. 16-1570 with respect to the White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Strategy and Infrastructure Improvement List and related amendments to the FY21-26 Capital Improvements Program on TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2021, 1:30 – 2:30PM

Metro Proposes Closing Grosvenor Station in 2022

Metro is proposing to close Grosvenor/Strathmore Metro Station in 2022 as part of cost saving measures due to budget issues. It is meant to be a temporary measure, but we think it’s a bad idea to close this station even temporarily. They have launched a survey to get feedback on various budget-cutting proposals, including closing Grosvenor/Strathmore station and running trains less frequently.

Please take a few moments to fill out Metro’s survey and make your voice heard, https://www.wmata.com/initiatives/budget/index.cfm

Please also send a message to Metro’s board at  boardofdirectors@wmata.com  BEFORE close of business on Tuesday, March 16. Tell the board members about the negative impact of the closure of the Grosvenor-Strathmore station. And remember, a concise message is more effective than a long, wordy one.

Welcome to the neighborhood, ALDI!

Combined Properties announced today it has signed a lease with ALDI at White Flint Plaza, marking the return of a grocery store to the North Bethesda shopping center.  The grocery chain will open in a 21,628 square foot space, a portion of the footprint previously occupied by Shoppers Food Warehouse.  The new North Bethesda location is part of ALDI’s recently announced plan to open 100 new stores across the United States in 2021.

“We are elated to announce the return of a respected grocer to White Flint Plaza,” says Jonathan Shartar, Senior Vice President at Combined Properties. “ALDI will be beneficial to the broader community, including the residents of the surrounding multifamily communities currently in development.  A grocery store brings essential daily traffic that, in turn, benefits all merchants at the center.”

With the lease fully executed, ALDI plans to open in late 2021.

ALDI will be a walkable grocery store with organic and cost-conscious options for nearby residential communities, including the forthcoming Harwood Flats, Foulger Pratt’s 335-apartment community located at 5454 Nicholson Lane that recently broke ground right next door to White Flint Plaza.

White Flint Plaza, located in North Bethesda along Nicholson Lane near Route 355, is an 195,000 square foot shopping center in the Pike District.  The Pike District represents North Bethesda’s emerging urban core, active with new development and soon to be a more bustling area with dynamic shopping, dining and living experiences alongside access to world-class entertainment, arts, culture and recreation in the heart of affluent Montgomery County, Maryland’s most populous county.  Other merchants at White Flint Plaza include HomeGoods, PetSmart, Advance Auto, Title Boxing, Rodman’s Discount Gourmet and The UPS Store as well as restaurants Subway, Domino’s, Kuya Ja’s Lechon Belly, The Big Greek Café and Vie de France.

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About Combined Properties

Combined Properties is a preeminent private real estate company specializing in retail, multifamily and mixed-use. The Company has a $2 billion portfolio of existing and under-construction assets, comprised of 40 properties in the Washington, DC and Southern California metropolitan areas totaling 6 million square feet, and an additional $1.25 billion in the development pipeline. Since its founding by Chairman Ronald S. Haft, Combined Properties has always strived to develop the true potential of a commercial property and passionately embraces developing real estate to meet the needs of a rapidly changing landscape by combining creativity, lifestyle, community, and technology. Combined applies its creative and entrepreneurial expertise in development, finance, leasing and asset management to create innovative retail, residential, hospitality, and mixed-use communities that instill pride and joy in the people that live, shop, and stay there. For more information on Combined Properties, visit www.combined.biz.

Join us for an online community meeting with County Executive Marc Elrich

Join Friends of White Flint for a fascinating presentation by County Executive Marc Elrich on his plans for an innovative biosciences and quantum computing campus at the White Flint metro station. The online meeting will be held Thursday, March 11, 7:00 pm. Register for the meeting by clicking here.

See and share the invitation at: http://www.whiteflint.org/wpx/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/FOWF-Community-Meeting-March-11-4-1.pdf

Federal Realty Signs Tech Innovator United Solutions to North Bethesda Office

909 Rose Avenue

909 ROSE AVENUE PHOTO: BY FEDERAL REALTY INVESTMENT TRUST

From Commercial Observer

Tech company United Solutions has signed a 20,602-square-foot lease to take the top floor at 909 Rose Avenue, a 212,000-square-foot office building in the Pike & Rose neighborhood of North Bethesda, Md., with landlord Federal Realty Investment Trust

Rockville, Md.-based United Solutions, which offers technological products involving blockchain, artificial intelligence and automation, plans to move into the building this winter.

“We are grateful for the opportunities we have had with our federal government partners and organizations around the world, to help them realize the power of cutting edge technologies to reinvent businesses and protect workforces,” David Nguyen, United Solutions’ founder and CEO, said in a release. “Our success has enabled us to expand our reach, and subsequently, expand our workforce. We look forward to growing in a state-of-the-art space and amenity rich neighborhood that will enhance employee morale, recruiting and engagement.” 

Federal Realty opened the 11-story, LEED Gold-certified office building last summer, and moved its own headquarters into the second and third floors. Earlier this year, workplace provider Industrious signed a 42,768-square-foot lease in the same building. OneDigital is also currently in the building, which is now two-thirds leased.

The building features contactless entry throughout the parking garage, lobby and elevators, and an HVAC system that meets enhanced health and safety standards. It also offers outside air filtered to levels appropriate for general surgery rooms.

“Federal is committed to getting people back to work safely, in dynamic buildings with advanced health and wellness attributes, such as 909 Rose,” James Milam, Federal Realty’s senior vice president, said. 

909 Rose is part of the 24-acre, transit-oriented Pike & Rose neighborhood that Federal Realty is developing. It includes a residential component as well as dining and entertainment options. 

An update on coronavirus and vaccinations in Montgomery County

There’s encouraging news on Covid here in the county.

  • County transmission rates, the lowest since early Nov., featured a 14-day average test positivity rate below 4%; and a sharply declining 7-day average over the past five weeks (below 11 per 100,000 residents, as of Feb. 22).
  • Over 12% of county residents, including nearly half of those age 75+, have received at least one vaccine dose; as have two-thirds of the 9,000 staff who were prioritized by Montgomery County Public Schools.
  • Indoor dining resumed Feb. 14 at 25% capacity, and enforcement patrols
    reported no violations.

This report also includes a comprehensive guide to vaccinations in the county.

And as a bonus, here are the slides from Governor Hogan’s recent press conference.

Well done, WJ!

On NBC: Walter Johnson Students Help Others Cope During the Pandemic

Four Walter Johnson students noticed the cracks forming in the lives of their peers during a year of distance-learning and created a remarkable safe space online. FED-UP WJ helps students reconnect with each other through Zoom meet-ups where students can talk things out.

Watch the news story: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/changing-minds/montgomery-county-students-help-others-cope-during-the-pandemic/257803

Enjoy these pics of Bark Social — it’s almost here

Courtesy of Robert Dyer

The expected February 26, 2021 opening date of Bark Social is rapidly approaching at Pike & Rose. Construction of the dog park and craft beer and wine bar has advanced accordingly. More of the shipping container structures have been completed, and the lights are on inside. Branded logos have been applied to the sides of the containers, including a dog drinking from a glass of beer.