Development Update

Development Update

Pete Fosselman of the County Executive’s Office presented this development update at last week’s White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee. It’s a great summary of what’s going on in the Pike District.

White Flint/Pike District Updates January 2020

PUBLIC PROJECTS

  • The Department of Transportation (MCDOT) continues to advance the Bus Rapid Transit (FLASH) corridor of MD 355 from the adopted Countywide Transit Corridors Functional Master Plan. FLASH is advancing into Preliminary Engineering, with that phase expected to be complete in FY21.
  • MCDOT completed a provisional pedestrian pathway from the Conference Center to Old Georgetown Road. Lighting was also installed along the pathway allowing visitors to safely access areas under construction north of the Conference Center.
  • The new second floor pedestrian overpass from the parking garage to the Conference Center is complete permitting patrons to avoid weather elements when attending an event at the Center.
  • Placemaking and branding efforts for the Pike District stayed successful in 2019 with the launch of the new website in November and ongoing business outreach. The Pike’s Facebook Page reaches 10,000 people each month, Instagram has 672 followers and Twitter has 747 followers. The Scoop Newsletter is issued monthly to 1,326 subscribers. Three pop ups took place at Quincy’s South, Artists & Makers, Grand Park/VOB sites. A new resident welcome bag was handed out to area apartment buildings. Discussions are underway with WMATA for events at the White Flint Metro property, along Old Georgetown Rd. a banner was installed, and the Pike District Snowmen Program was initiated with four snowmen placed and four nonprofit groups sponsored, named and decorated the winter figures.
  • The second phase of the Western Workaround, schedule to be completed in 2022, will realign the southern portion of Executive Boulevard to connect with Grand Park Avenue, create a new east/west business street (Main/Market Street) neighboring the Conference Center, continue Hoya/Towne Road through from Montrose to Old Georgetown Road, and relocate and reconfigure the current intersection of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Boulevard.

PRIVATE PROJECTS

  • Pike & Rose, developed by Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), remains the leader in development in the Pike District. With an extremely successful retail and residential component, including the entertainment aspects of Strathmore’s AMP and Pinstripes. Pike & Rose is about 80% complete with Phase 3, commercial/office space adjacent to the Porsche dealership, and is on track to deliver in May of 2020.
  • In the North Bethesda Center, along the east side of Route 355, LCOR’s Arrowood residential is well underway and scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.
  • VOB/Grand Park property at the intersection of Executive and Old Georgetown has approved preliminary plans and the owners are negotiating with potential development partners.
  • Gables at Pike District is going through their financing process. They hope to be back on track with their mixed-use project, adjacent to Wall Park, by the first quarter of 2020.

Amy Ginsburg

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