Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Park could add garden space, walking trails and greenery to White Flint landscape, The Gazette reports.
Might an “urban park” break up the concrete jungle that is White Flint? Montgomery County planners are proposing making room for green space by moving parking at Wall Local Park and Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center to a garage next door, The Gazette reports. A park could add gardens space, walking trails and greenery to White Flint landscape, which is lacking lawns and is heavy on high rises, strip malls and parking lots. The idea came up during the White Flint Sector Plan process, when staff from the county’s parks and planning departments brought the idea of sharing a parking garage to a developer—Gables Residential is already planning to build apartments with retail and a parking garage, The Gazette reports. But Gables executives told the…
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Two existing shopping centers along Rockville Pike would become part of the new mixed-use development, local media outlets reported.
A five-tower development, to be situated along Rockville Pike, is headed to White Flint, pending approval, The Gazette reported. Saul Centers, a Bethesda developer, presented the plans for a cluster of four apartment buildings and one office building at a community meeting Tuesday night, according to the newspaper. Three or four of the buildings would be about 300 feet tall. The mixed-use buildings, just south of the White Flint Metro, will take the place of two shopping centers in Rockville, at 11550 and 11503 Rockville Pike, which were purchased by Saul two years ago in preparation for the build up, BethesdaNow.com reported. "The place is growing up. The place is filling in with larger, taller buildings," Saul Centers Vice President …
Friday, May 3, 2013
Work will impact riders on the Red, Green, Blue and Orange lines starting at 10 p.m. Friday and continuing through system closing Sunday night.
Five Red Line stations will be closed for the weekend of May 3-5 as Metro does track work: Glenmont, Wheaton, Forest Glen, Silver Spring and Takoma. This weekend's rebuilding work will also result in service changes on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines, beginning at 10 p.m. Friday. Four stations on the Green Line will be closed (see below for details). Yellow Line trains will operate normally between Huntington and Fort Totten. MAP: Click on your nearest station on the map to see when the next train arrives and to learn about any alerts. According to a Metro news release: Red Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 3 through closing Sun., May 5 Orange Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 3 through closing Sun., May 5 Blue Line - 10 p.m. Fri., May 3 through …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
And is being "hip" necessary to Montgomery County's future success?
Can suburban Montgomery County be made hip? County Councilman Hans Riemer reportedly believes so: "I really think that we are on the verge of a golden age in Montgomery County," Riemer said at a happy hour called "Can we make the suburbs hip? The future of White Flint," Bethesda Now reported. "The region that we are in is ... dynamic, growing, exciting... . ... But we have to and we are positioning ourselves in that region to capture that future growth," he added, Bethesda Now reported. The White Flint Sector (430 acres bounded by the CSX tracks, Montrose Parkway, Old Georgetown Road and the White Flint Mall) has been approved, so far, to be redeveloped with 2,220 residential units added to the existing housing stock of 2,321 units; 9,801 …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Developers say a narrow vehicular street, rather than a pedestrian walkway, will make a planned White Flint development be more welcoming to pedestrians—and similar to Bethesda Row.
A development proposal for the White Flint area recently received a makeover when developers decided to give it a more pedestrian-friendly orientation. Intended for the area just south of the White Flint Metro station, the North Bethesda Gateway development "might get a vehicular road instead of a pedestrian walkway. The project’s architect said that could actually make the area more inviting to pedestrians," The Gazette reported. In place of the pedestrian walkway that had been planned to go through the property (at 5516 Nicholson Lane—one block east of Rockville Pike), architects now suggest a narrow vehicular road lined with sidewalks. George Dove, managing principal of WDG Architecture, told The Gazette that "having cars on the road …
Friday, January 4, 2013
A woman was punched in the head after the suspects demanded cash, police said.
Three boys, ages 15 to 17, were charged in an attempted armed robbery on New Year’s Day in the White Flint area, Montgomery County police said Thursday. Officers responded to the 5800 block of Nicholson Lane in North Bethesda at 5:48 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a woman screaming. The 56-year-old woman left White Flint Mall and was walking along Nicholson Lane when three suspects approached her from behind and demanded cash, police said in a news release. One of the suspects punched the woman in the head, according to the release. When the woman screamed, the suspects fled. An off-duty Metropolitan Police Department officer saw the suspects and followed them to the White Flint Metro station, police said. Montgomery County police responded …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Construction began Tuesday on the 18-story White Flint metro area residential towers.
Developers of the Aurora, a 341-unit, 18-story mixed-used property near the White Flint Metro station, began their second phase of contruction Tuesday with an official groundbreaking. LCOR hosted a ceremony to mark the beginning of the first development beginning construction in White Flint's new sector plan. The Aurora will have a variety of properties available from studios and one-bedrooms to two-bedroom layouts. Each home will feature gourmet kitchens, private balconies and terraces. The building will also include a fitness center, business center, pool and community gardens. The property will also house office spaces, restaurants and retail. DC Mud reports the property will also bring in 5,400 new jobs.
Monday, March 19, 2012
White Flint station reopened after apparent suicide.
Update, 11:58 a.m., March 19: A man who jumped in front of a Red Line train at Metro's White Flint station has died, The Washington Examiner is reporting. The man apparently jumped into the path of the train about 10:15 a.m., The Examiner reported, quoting a Metro spokesman. Original post, 11:15 a.m., March 19: Metrorail's White Flint station reopened about 11 a.m. after a person was struck by a train Monday morning. The victim is an adult male, according to The Washington Post, quoting a Metro spokesman. Delays continue as Red Line trains use a single track between Grosvenor and Twinbrook stations, according to Metro's website. The White Flint station was temporarily closed after the incident. Metro is addressing incidents of people …
Monday, March 12, 2012
Owners aim to "de-mall" the shops and build a mixed-use space.
The owners of White Flint Mall submitted a sketch to the county last month, previewing what they plan to do with the large parcel. In November, Lerner Enterprises and Tower Companies announced their intent to transform the 31-acre lot into a "town," with residential, commercial and office space around a plaza. The preliminary drawings show a mixed-use development, with most of the tallest buildings on the northwestern part of the property and a 2.1-acre public open space in the middle. The designers were inspired by the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, the Washington Post reported, and they plan to install recreation areas, a fountain and outdoor seating. The Planning Department has received the sketch plan and is yet to schedule any hearings …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Eight-screen luxury theater will be part of Pike & Rose development.
If you're a moviegoer for whom theater seating doesn't quite cut it, iPic's large micro-suede chairs and in-show food service might be more your speed. The high-end theater chain is planning to expand to White Flint as part of Federal Realty's Pike & Rose project, the developer announced this month. The eight-screen theater will boast in-house fine dining, ahead-of-time ticket reservations, and, at an extra cost, "premium plus" seating that offers reclining chairs, pillows and blankets. “IPic’s approach to creating a best-in-class guest experience is what Federal Realty strives to do with each of our properties," Federal Realty President Don Wood said in a news release. "Having iPic as our first anchor at this development sets the stage …