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Meetings Galore

One of the advantages of being part of the Friends of White Flint is that we attend meetings so you don’t have to skip out of work or miss your child’s basketball game to stay up-to-date on the many goings-on in the Pike District.  Below you’ll find summaries of both the White Flint Implementation Committee and Downtown Advisory Committee meetings

White Flint Implementation Committee

The starring role at this meeting was a comprehensive presentation by the City of Rockville detailing their tentative plans for the area of Rockville Pike from Bou Avenue north to Richard Montgomery Avenue. They are taking public comments through March 6 and are holding hearings on these plans with the optimistic goal to have an approved plan in place by November. You can view the entire plan here and read an executive summary here.

Also at the meeting, Federal Realty reported that 3,000 people attend the very successful Pike and Rose Arts Festival this past Saturday with many of the attendees taking public transportation. Finally, it was discussed that planning for White Flint II will likely begin this summer with a two-year schedule to get the plan before the Council.

Downtown Advisory Committee

Cliff Cohen reiterated support for the name “Pike District” and said they hope to hold a promotional event in the Pike District in the fall of 2015.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation gave a detailed presentation on the County’s Capital Bikeshare program. In the County, there are three main Bikeshare corridors: 1) Bethesda/Friendship Heights, 2)Silver Spring/Takoma Park, and 3) Gaithersburg/Rockville.  In their first year of operations, people utilized Bikeshare more than 35,000 times (burning up nearly 4 million calories, by the way) and trips averaged 18 minutes. While they have not yet done a study for bringing the Capital Bikeshare project to the Pike District, there is great desire to do so. Potential future sites include East Village. Pike and Rose, North Bethesda I/II, the Gables, and the metro.  The installation cost for a 15-dock station is $55,000 with an annual operating cost of approximately $22,000.

Landscaping will be planted along the metro and around Pike and Rose in April, and the Committee’s Pike District website should be up and running soon.

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White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee Seeking Applicants

The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee is seeking two new members.  See the below press release from the County Executive’s Office and please apply if you’re interested:

 

For Immediate Release: 8/1/2014            Application Deadline: 8/22/2014
Leggett Seeks Applicants for White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee
County Executive Isiah Leggett is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee for a representative of a business that employs fewer than 25 employees, and a representative of a commercial property owner in the Sector Plan Area. Applicants should indicate the position for which they are applying. 

The Sector Plan Area is comprised of the following streets: Citadel Avenue, Executive Boulevard (5900 block), Hoya Street, Maple Avenue, Marinelli Lane, McGrath Boulevard, Nebel Street (11500-12292), Nicholson Court, Nicholson Lane, Old Georgetown Road (11565-11999), Randolph Road (5500 block), Rockville Pike (11120-12000), Security Lane, and Woodglen Drive. Click on the following link to a map of the Sector Plan Area. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/26747206/WhiteFlintArea.jpg. For specific questions regarding the Sector Plan Area boundaries, please contact Ken Hartman at (240) 777-8206.

 

The 14-member committee includes two members nominated by the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce; three members who represent (commercial) property owners in the Sector Plan Area; two members who represent businesses that employ fewer then 25 employees; two members who represent residential communities in the Sector Plan area; one member  who represents a residential community in or outside of the Sector Plan area; one member of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board; and three ex officio, non-voting members who represent the County Executive, County Council, and North Bethesda Transportation Management District.

 

The Committee advises County departments on public services in the White Flint Sector Plan Area; and coordinates community activities that promote and advance business interests, and a sense of place, community, maintenance and walkability within the Area. The Committee will also advise and make recommendations to the County Executive and County Council on the feasibility and timing for the establishment of the Urban District in White Flint no later than September 2017. The Committee will provide an annual report to the County Executive and County Council.

 

Members serve three year terms without compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement for travel and dependent care for meetings attended. Meetings are generally held monthly at 8:00 AM in Bethesda.

 

Applicants of diverse backgrounds, professions, gender, geography, disability and ethnicity are encouraged to apply. An application, consisting of a brief cover letter and resume, should be sent by mail to County Executive Isiah Leggett, 101 Monroe Street, 2nd Floor, Rockville, MD  20850, or by email to countyexecutive.boards@montgomerycountymd.gov. Home and employment addresses, as well as contact phone numbers and email addresses should be included. The deadline for application is

August 22, 2014.

 

Members of County boards, committees and commissions may not serve on more than one such group at a time. Leggett’s appointments are subject to confirmation by the County Council. Applications of those selected for appointment are made public as part of the confirmation process.

 

 

Rebranding Proposal at Next White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee Meeting

Next Tuesday, the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee will take up the proposal for the rebranding of the White Flint district. Here is Ken’s update:

The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee will consider a proposal to co-brand the area around the White Flint Metro Station and nearby Twinbrook Metro Station (see map) as one business district. As reported by Bethesda Beat, the newly combined area could enable joint marketing and maintenance of the areas.

The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee was commissioned by the County Executive and County Council to begin planning for the establishment of a nonprofit entity similar to the Bethesda Urban Partnership. The committee is working on several interim projects including weekend maintenance, beautification of Rockville Pike, and a destination website.

The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee will hold a meeting at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Conference Center on Tuesday, June 10th at 8 am at their next meeting. If you would like to attend the meeting, please email the B-CC Regional Services Center as soon as possible. Space will be tight at the meeting.