I recently attended a very exciting March 25, 730pm informational meeting that was held for the owners of Old Georgetown Village HOA and the Georgetown Village Condominium Association at their clubhouse. It was to apprise them of the status and plans for the White Flint Sector. The briefing was done by Evan Goldman of Federal Reality Investment Trust, www.federalrealty.com, in has capacity as a member of a developers collaborative. The developers collaborative is a group of commercial property owners in White Flint: Federal Realty Investment Trust, The JBG Companies; Holladay Corporation; White Flint Mall (Lerner Enterprises/The Tower Companies) and the Combined Properties, working in unison for; a people friendly, walkable, environmentally sustainable, transit accessible, and an area of great design for the White Flint sector.
This very interactive session had a PowerPoint presentation that sparked many comments and questions. As it was an overview of more than two and a half years of community, government, owner/developer interaction in the reformulation of the White Flint Sector Plan, so no stone was left unturned.
What was the reaction from the 54 persons that attended? It was overwhelmingly positive with “when can we expect this” as the most frequent comment. So in spite of what you might hear or read from a handful of others that it’s too much, or too tall or not enough something, this group was very receptive to the planned changes. In fact the only negative comment was about the possibility of people parking in the neighborhood, which were not visiting the residents, and walking into this vibrant White Flint. That concern was duly noted and Evan agreed it needed to be monitored and have a plan developed should it come to fruition.
The takeaway……….If you have questions or concerns about what White Flint might become, you owe it to yourself and your different associations, neighborhoods, HOA’s, etc., to hear about this exciting plan and schedule this briefing. This change is good!!
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ve been involved with this process from the beginning as a citizen member of a 50 plus person advisory group to the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission on this sector plan, I’m now on the White Flint Sector Plan Steering Committee, appointed by the Planning Board, I’m involved with Friends of White Flint, check us out at www.friendsofwhiteflint.org and was a past President and Trustee of the Luxmanor Citizens Association. I really understand this from all sides and I welcome this change to a new White Flint.