Tag Implementation Committee

So many events, so little time

Event # 1

Event #2

The Montgomery County Council will host a pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety town hall meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9 in the Wheaton High School auditorium to hear from residents about safety issues they are encountering on roadways and sidewalks and in crosswalks. Residents are encouraged to attend the meeting to talk with councilmembers about areas of concern in the community and to learn more about the county’s ongoing efforts to meet the goals of Vision Zero.

So far in 2020, there have been three pedestrian deaths in the county, and two of these deaths occurred on Maryland Route 355 (Rockville Pike). In 2019, 13 pedestrians and one bicyclist were killed in crashes.

Representatives from the Maryland State Highway Administration; the Montgomery County Department of Transportation; the Vision Zero Initiative; the Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Traffic Safety Advisory Committee; Montgomery County Park and Planning and Montgomery County Public Schools are also expected to attend.

Interpretation services will be provided for Spanish speakers.

Wheaton High School is located at 12401 Dalewood Dr. in Silver Spring.

Event #3

White Flint Sector Plan Implementation Advisory Committee

Wall Local Park-Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center

Monday, February 10, 2020 7 p.m.

AGENDA

1.Development Implementation and Development Moratorium

2. White Flint CIP Projects:

  • Mobility: Western Workaround, White Flint District East, Metro Station Access Improvements, Northern Metro Station Entrance, and MD 355 BRT
  • Public Facilities: White Flint Fire Station and Wall Park Garage

3. Pike District Downtown Committee (Brian Downie)

4. White Flint Implementation Coordinator Report (Peter Fosselman)

5. MCPS: WJ and B-CC (new elementary school) meeting on Feb. 18, 7 p.m., at North Bethesda Middle 

What you missed at the Implementation Committee meeting when you were watching the first 3 innings of the Nats game.

Nkosi Yearwood of the Planning Department discussed the Biennial Monitoring Report. Committee members suggested that they ought to have a more thorough discussion for future reports so committee viewpoints can more easily be included.

The re-opening of Woodward High School was discussed. Abbe Millstein of Luxmanor mentioned that there is quite a lot of discussion at MCPS about Woodward. After the new Tilden is open and the students move from the Woodward building to the new Tilden Middle School, it appears Woodward is going to be a holding school for Northwood. While at first Woodward was supposed to then open as a community high school to address overcrowding at Walter Johnson, there appears to be talk of creating an art-magnet school that would not be an overflow community school. This is all complicated by the boundary study being done by MCPS which, according to Abbe Millstein, could eliminate traditional school boundaries.

Pete Fosselman, the White Flint Coordinator, mentioned that the County is looking at whether it makes sense to merge the White Flint Downtown Advisory and Implementation Committees.

Pete also said the Pike District branding campaign is looking at creating an event space on the WMATA land by the White Flint metro that would be 300′ by 100′.

Dan Sheridan of MCDOT said that things are progressing on the Western Workaround with major utility and storm drainage work ready to begin. In 2020, Executive Blvd should be extended to Grand Park Avenue. Dan said the Western Workaround is pretty much on schedule with completion anticipated in 2022.

What you missed at Monday night’s Implementation Committee Meeting

Nkosi Yearwood

There will soon be an application to allow Saul Centers East to have an animal boarding facility.

The next White Flint 2 worksession is Thursday, April 27th in the afternoon.

Francine Waters, White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee

BID (Business Improvement District) enabling legislation was passed by the state legislature and is awaiting the Governor’s signature. The legislation calls for 51% of property owners instead of 80% to vote yes to form a BID. The WFDAC will provide a report to the county by October outlining possible BID scenarios.  The council will eventually take up this issue.

Dee Metz, County Executive Office

Ride On extRA will begin in October along Route 355.  There will be two stops in the Pike District — at Marinelli Drive and at Security Lane

Construction is on schedule for Market Street, Executive Blvd., and the conference center garage, and the plan is to be finished with construction at the end of 2017.

Friends of White Flint and Coalition for Smarter Growth had a productive meeting with MCDOT staff to discuss pedestrian safety improvements in the Pike District.

Pepco Substation

Pepco personnel discussed the new substation they will be building at the corner of Marinelli and Nebel Street, 11650 Nebel Street. (The land used to be a sports club/gym and was sold to Pepco.) The purpose of the substation is to ensure sufficient electrical capacity; the Parklawn substation runs out of capacity in 2020. The building will blend in to the surroundings and be pleasing to the eye. There will be a mandatory referral in late 2017/early 2018 for the substation.  The conceptual design will be done in 2017 with the detailed design completed in the summer of 2018 followed by breaking ground. The substation will be in-service in 2019.