Next Downtown Advisory Committee Meeting Will Be December 9th

What: White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee Meeting

When: Tuesday, December 9, 8:00 am- 9:15 am

Where: Bethesda North Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD 20852

 

The agenda will include:

  • A presentation by Streetsense of the recommended name for the district.
  • A discussion of a possible Arts and Entertainment district designation for the area.

 

White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee

White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee meetings are free and open to the public. The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee was established by the County Council to advise County departments on public services in the White Flint area as well as coordinate community activities that promote business interests and a sense of community within that area.

November Meetings Around White Flint

  • The November meeting of the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee is cancelled. 

 

  • The November 11th meeting of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee has been rescheduled to November 18, at 8:00 am. The meeting will take place at the Bethesda North Conference Center. The meetings are free and open to the public.

 

Below you will find updates from Dee Metz (White Flint Implementation Coordinator) on Woodglen Drive and Old Georgetown Road and Ken Hartman (Regional Services Director) on the Downtown Advisory Committee activities.  These come via the Planning Department’s update email:

“Woodglen Drive

The Woodglen Drive cycle track is anticipated to be fully operational over the next several weeks.  Additional pavement markings will be installed during November, including bicycle logos, green thermoplastic panels at conflict areas, and the bike box at Nicholson Lane and Woodglen Drive. The traffic signs, bicycle route signs, bicycle detection pucks and flexposts are scheduled for installation in early November, and the new handicap ramp construction work and new crosswalk installation at Nicholson and Woodglen is scheduled sometime during the latter part of November.  Thanks for your patience as this project progresses.

Old Georgetown Road

Montgomery County DOT and the State Highway Administration have begun discussions of a possible road transfer to enable us to make the segment of Old Georgetown Road, between Rockville Pike (MD 355) and the new intersection at Hoya/Towne Road, a County road rather than a State road, which would give us greater flexibility in narrowing that segment of the roadway.  The current design of that segment is on hold, pending what the County Executive expects to be a successful outcome to allow construction of the cross section that is the ultimate design in the Sector Plan. The State still has final say over the design of the intersection and the lane configuration coming into the intersection, but we are working closely with them to convince them of our vision.  It should be noted that the funding in the CIP only covers the reconstruction of Old Georgetown Road  from the new intersection at Hoya/Towne Road to relocated Executive Blvd (Grand Park Avenue), and not the block from Grand Park Avenue to MD 355.

White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee

Ken Hartman has received bids for landscaping portions of the Rockville Pike median and next will seek SHA approval for the types of species to be planted. He is hopeful that some landscaping work will begin by the first week in December.

The Downtown Committee is continuing to work on the website and has a target date for a soft launch by Thanksgiving.  VisitMontgomery is partnering on its development.

We are also talking to consultants about a streetscape plan for White Flint.  The streetscape plan, which needs to be adopted by MCDOT, will attempt to knit together the various neighborhoods and provide some sense of unity of place to the district.”

 

September Meetings Around White Flint

The September meeting for the White Flint Implementation Advisory Committee is cancelled.

Here are some updates on issues in the White Flint sector:

  • JBG has submitted the Sketch Plan, Site Plan, and Preliminary Plan Amendments for North Bethesda Market II.
  • Gables Residential has submitted the Preliminary and Site Plans for the Gables White Flint.

o   Both of these projects are going to the Development Review Committee (DRC) on September 29.

Meetings This Week:

  • The Branding of the Pike conversation is on Thursday, September 11th, 6 p.m. at StreetSense in Bethesda. Additional information is available here.
  • The White Flint Downtown Committee will meet on Tuesday, September 9, 8 a.m., at the Bethesda North Conference Center.