Exciting new development projects are transforming the neighborhoods located along Rockville Pike in the Pike District. The Pike District aspires to be a transit-oriented "10-minute" urban community where everything you need - shopping, dining, entertainment, and employment - is within a ten-minute walk.
The Pike District is the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland's North Bethesda-Garrett Park Master Plan area. Within this area, three more detailed sector plans guide the area's transformation from suburban commercial areas to mixed-use urban neighborhoods:
Twinbrook Sector Plan
The Pike District's Twinbrook neighborhood presents a great opportunity to create a distinct community featuring a mix of homes, jobs, stores and businesses. Adopted in 2008, Montgomery County's Twinbrook Sector Plan envisions an attractive community that benefits from state-of-the-art design, a pedestrian-friendly environment of sidewalks and trails, and green, sustainable features. Highlights of the sector plan include:
- Creation of a distinct community that builds on the area’s proximity to the Twinbrook Metro station
- A mix of new jobs, homes, retail outlets, and technology-oriented business integrated in unique ways
- The best urban design, focusing on high-quality public spaces for the community
- An inviting environment for technology, building on existing government agencies and private businesses
- A light industrial zone that supports existing businesses and encourages entrepreneurship New urban parks and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and paths
White Flint Sector Plan
Adopted in April 2010, the White Flint Sector Plan has won national attention and regional awards - including the 2012 Maryland Sustainable Growth Award and the National Capital Area chapter of the American Planning Association's "Neighborhood/Small Area Plan award" - for the transformation of Rockville Pike into a sustainable, walkable urban community. The White Flint Sector Plan aims to:
Create thriving, diverse mixed use center with highest intensity closest to Metro and along Rockville Pike
Create new parks and open spaces
Transform Rockville Pike into a boulevard with street trees and improved crosswalks
Develop a transportation network that includes a grid of new public streets
Improve the pedestrian and bicycling environment
Promote sustainable development
Specific development projects underway or fully approved include:
Pike & Rose - a 450,000 square feet of retail, more than 1 million square feet of office space, 1,500 residential units, a boutique hotel, an 8-screen iPic Theatres, and a 250-seat AMP by Strathmore performing arts venue.
White Flint Mall - the former White Flint Mall will be completely transformed into it's own community featuring office, retail, residential and public use. Included will be a large central plaza, an addition to the existing White Flint Neighborhood Park, and an elementary school site.
North Bethesda Market II - scheduled to be the tallest building in Montgomery County will include luxury residences as well as retail, restaurant and office space.
North Bethesda Gateway – located just south of Nicholson Lane will include residential and non-residential space.
Gables White Flint - Gables White Flint is proposed to be a mixed-use development consisting of multi-family residential, retail establishments and a parking garage. The site is located within a few blocks from the White Flint.
White Flint 2 Sector Plan
Currently under review, the White Flint 2 Sector Plan will connect and enhance the remaining Pike District neighborhoods between Twinbrook, White Flint, and the City of Rockville.