Eighteen long months after Lord & Taylor sued to block redevelopment of White Flint Mall, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the owners of White Flint Mall can move forward with their plans to redevelop the property. Although Lerner Enterprises and the Tower Cos still need additional approvals from Montgomery County before development can begin, this ruling is a giant leap forward in the transformation of the White Flint Mall into a walkable, transit-friendly, elegant neighborhood of retail, residents, and offices. (Read more here.)
AMP Opens This Weekend
AMP by Strathmore, a 400-seat live-music venue in Pike and Rose, opens March 6 with alt-country performer Jay Farrar. There are currently 44 concerts on sale through August at AMP, and patrons will be able to enjoy both wonderful music and delicious food and drink. (Learn more here.)
A 252' wide Rockville Pike? No, thank you!
Picture Route 355 from about Montrose Road north to downtown Rockville. Now picture it a lot wider. Last week, the City of Rockville voted 4 to 1 in a straw poll to widen Route 355 in this two-mile stretch to 252 feet. (Thatâ€™s the width of an interstate highway, to put it in perspective.) Walkability and green space will be the losers if thatâ€™s what happens to Rockville Pike north of the Pike District. There would have been a hearing tonight about this issue at which Friends was going to testify, but the snow has cancelled it. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled. (Learn morehere.)
Rapid Transit System Corridor Advisory Committee Met for the First Time