We're thankful for all the progress in the Pike District.
I know, I know. You look around White Flint and wonder when the heck is everything going to get built. You ask yourself, when will our community actually become a walkable, vibrant model of new urbanism?
Much of this year's forward movement hasn't been all that visible, so I want to take the start of Thanksgiving season to tell you why the executive director of Friends of White Flint, Amy Ginsburg, is thankful.
1) The East Village/North Bethesda Gateway and Gables Residential projects received their approvals so they can hopefully start putting those shovels in the ground in 2017.
2) The Western Workaround has begun! In fact, you've probably seen all the construction equipment around the Conference Center.
3) They have started work on the new Conference Center Garage.
4) Pike and Rose Phase 2 is more than halfway done, and we'll soon be shopping, eating, and playing in their new retail establishments.
5) We've launched the Pike District Pedestrian Safety Campaign in partnership with Coalition for Smarter Growth. Already we were able to persuade SHA to switch the walk signal at Marinelli and Rockville Pike to automatic. Because of the tremendous support and participation of the community, we are on the way to advocating for additional achievable pedestrian safety measures.
6) The Nebel Street bike lanes are terrific.
7) A revitalized and extended Chapman Road opened.
8) The inaugural Fall Fest was held -- and it was fun!
9) Residents, businesses, and property owners are working together to fight the proposed Metro service cutbacks to White Flint station. (Read more about this in tomorrow's blog and in upcoming e-newsletters.)
10) Finally, I'm continually impressed by how much both the people who call the White Flint/Pike District area home and the people who earn their living here love this neighborhood and truly want to make it the best it can be.
The Planning Board Approved the Working/Staff Draft of the White Flint 2 Plan
Last week, the Planning Board approved the Working Draft of the White Flint 2 Plan. You can read the plan by clicking here.
When the plan is fully implemented, there will be 5,700 new residential units, and 2.77 million square feet of new non-residential space. More than 8,000 new jobs in the White Flint 2 are expected to be created.
The Planning Board Public Hearing on this plan will be on January 12, and Friends of White Flint plans to testify.
According to Bethesda Beat, work sessions on the plan would take place in January and February. If approved by the board in March, the plan would be sent to the Montgomery County Council, which likely would hold a public hearing in May. The council would convene its own work sessions starting in June and ending in October. The council’s adoption of the plan could occur between November and March 2018.
Would you like to serve on the Friends of White Flint Board of Directors?
Friends of White Flint is governed by a volunteer board of directors composed of 18 members of the community. There are six resident members, six business members, and six property owner/developer members. The board meets a few times a year and is involved in policy decisions all year long, generally through phone calls and emails.
It's time to submit your nomination to serve on the Friends of White Flint board of directors. There are two board members whose terms have expired (one business and one property owner member,) though they may submit their names to be re-elected, as well as one vacant business member spot and one vacant resident spot. We are seeking nominations for one resident member, two business members, and one property owner member.
At the bottom of this email, you'll find the board nomination form which should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, November 23rd.
LAST CHANCE! Tell us how to make the Pike District more walkable
Will you take our Pedestrian Safety Campaign survey? It's only ten questions and your input will help us determine what improvements we'll fight for. Where are the problem areas in the White Flint area? What would make it easier and safer to walk around the Pike District? Click here to take the short but important Pedestrian Safety Campaign.
2016 Board Nomination Form
Please write legibly. All statements will be made available to the public.
Class (circle the correct category): Resident Business Property Owner
By my signature below, I certify the following: I wish to be nominated for this position, I understand my responsibilities as a Director, including full participation in Friends of White Flint governance activities throughout my term in office, and I will fulfill those responsibilities. I am (or represent) a member in good standing and will maintain that good standing throughout my term in office. I understand that nomination does not guarantee placement on the ballot of election to the Board, and that all Board election decisions of the Friends of White Flint are discretionary and final.
Signature of Nominee: Date:
Please submit a brief statement of qualifications and interests, including your prior participation in FOWF and the White Flint Sector development process. Forms must be sent to email@example.com by November 23, 2016.
Happy Thanksgiving! (A little bit early.)
Our executive director will be busy basting a 16-pound turkey, making pumpkin pie, and mashing potatoes so there won't be an e-newsletter next week.
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