Monthly Archives: July 2010
Taxing Current Residents of White Flint is Not the Answer
Although I still do not know what County Executive’s proposed financing plan will look like when it comes over to the Council for our review, one thing is certain:
I cannot and will not support a plan that taxes the current residents of White Flint.… Read More
Earlier this week at a public meeting regarding how to finance the public infrastructure improvements needed to fulfill the vision of the New White Flint Community, a financing plan was presented by some County officials that would tax EXISTING CONDOMINIUM OWNERS in the White Flint Sector Area.We, the property owners and members of the White Flint Partnership, want to make clear that any such plan to tax existing condominium owners is not acceptable to us, individually or collectively.… Read More
I have just returned from a finance meeting that involves the White Flint Sector Plan directly and the entire County indirectly today, but directly in the future. These meetings are due to the approved White Flint Sector Plan and the need to come up with a financing mechanism to pay for the transportation an infrastructure improvements needed to move this sector plan forward and accomplish the goals that were laid out over the past 3 1/2 years. … Read More
Looking for some quick local culture, or maybe a place for a reception or even a kids’ educational field trip?
Try the Dennis and Phillip Ratner Museum on Old Georgetown Rd at Lone Oak (east). [Disclosure: the museum is a client of my law firm, which does tax-exempt organization law.] The first floor, as you walk in, has the rotating exhibits and this month’s is a doozy.… Read More
Have you driven by the old Houston’s restaurant site on Rockville Pike, across from Office Depot, and seen the big sign saying “Open Agaiin?” And wondered if it was a typo, and Houston’s had risen from the dead?
It hasn’t. But something else has. And it’s not a typo. “Agaiin” (pronounced “ah-gwen”) is Gaelic for “come with us” and this is the brand-new Twinbrook/White Flint outpost of the popular D.C.… Read More
The Friends of White Flint Board of Directors meetings are rarely sedate affairs. They are open to the public and everybody talks, whether Director or not.
Even so, next Tuesday’s FoWF Board meeting promises some juicy discussions, including three big ones:
Bicycles in the Suburbs: Everyone who runs a community organization or list-serve in Montgomery County knows that one of the hottest topics is usually bicycles and bicylists.… Read More
George Leventhal, an At-Large member of the Montgomery County Council, held one of his periodic Town Hall meetings last night at the (non-air conditioned) one-room Rec Center at Tilden Woods Neighborhood Park on Tilden Lane. Council President Nancy Floreen, who lives nearby, dropped by to join in. The meeting was moderated by Dan Hoffman, Chairman of the new Citizens League of Montgomery County and Vice-President of Randolph Hills Civic Association.… Read More
Some have asked if there is a conflict between the Friends of White Flint Board meeting scheduled for next Tuesday night, 7/13, at 7PM at Federal Realty, and the Fitzgerald/Combined/Eisenger presentation in Garrett Park at the same time. The conflict was anticipated and the development sketch presentation will also be available at the FoWF Board meeting, as part of the discussion of establishing a process for FoWF to weigh in on development proposals.… Read More
Montgomery County Councilmember George Leventhal, from Takoma Park, helped develop the proposed new mobility portions of the White Flint Sector Plan. He is an important buffer between the County’s Department of Transportation, which is stuck in the automobile age, and those who look to a more transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly future.
(Councilmembers George Leventhal (L) and Phil Andrews)
Leventhal has been holding public meetings throughout the County, and his next meeting will be this week at Tilden Woods Neighborhood Park on Tilden Lane in White Flint.… Read More