Urban Land Magazine - Place Making on the Pike

Friday, March 4, 2016

Urban Land Magazine, the flagship publication of the Urban Land Institute, a global nonprofit that provides leadership in creating and sustaining thriving communities, featured Pike & Rose and the Pike District in its January/February issue. From the decision to develop along Old Georgetown Road and the focus on mixed use, transit-oriented development, the article chronicles the behind-the-scenes story behind the planning of Montgomery County's newest walkable urban-suburban community.

Special thanks to Friends of White Flint for highlighting this article. Follow them at @White_Flint.

Read the full article: Place Making on the Pike

More Parking at Pike & Rose Coming Thursday

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pike District seeks part-time manager

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee seeks a highly talented candidate to serve as the part-time manager of community efforts to promote the Pike District.  Please see the job description for more information.  Letters of interest and resumes are due November 30.

Cliff Cohen reflects on a productive year.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The following are the remarks of outgoing Downtown Advisory Committee chair Cliff Cohen at the conclusion of his one-year term as chair.  The remarks were delivered at the Committee's June 9 meeting. The Committee has elected Brian Downie, Senior Vice President of Saul Centers, Inc, as chair for the coming year. Former Eaglebank President Tom Murphy was elected as vice chair.


First, I want say that I am pleased to have had the opportunity to serve as Chair of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee during the past year.  As I have mentioned before, I think that the work we do here with respect to the White Flint Sector Plan is critical to the long-term success and vitality of Montgomery County and could have significant impact on future development throughout the Country as we move away from suburban development and embrace the establishment of walkable urban communities, centered around public transit, where people can live, work and shop in close proximity.  

In looking back on our accomplishments during the past year, I think that we can all be proud that the business and residential communities were able to agree on the name “PIKE DISTRICT” for the White Flint Sector area. With that difficult decision behind us, we were able to move forward with our marketing and promotional efforts, launching our new PikeDistrict.org website and a Pike District logo. Many thanks go out to Ken Hartman and Andy Fraser of Sandglass Systems (along with our Marketing committee), for their work in making this possible. We will continue to improve the site going forward in order to create a state of the art information and marketing tool for the Pike District. 

We also talked through some difficult issues including issues related to the “western workaround” and turning lanes on Old Georgetown Road. Discussion was heated but we came together to send a letter to the County Executive supporting his efforts to work with the State, the County Council, and the residential community to resolve these issues. And, we were pleased when ultimately a resolution occurred without the need for further legislation. This was a success for all concerned.

Armed with our new name and website, we attended the “BIG EVENT”, held by the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce where we able to begin promoting the Pike District too many who knew little about it. The event was extremely successful and I think we will build upon this by participating in other events and perhaps holding an event of our own in the future.  Educating the public as to the how PikeDistrict.org benefits them is a critical component to our Committee’s success and something that we should devote substantial time and effort going forward.  

In addition, we were able to move ahead with landscaping the medians along Rockville Pike in partnership with Federal Reality Investment Trust, the Bethesda Urban Partnership, and Rupert Landscaping. This beautification project should be complete in a few weeks and will include maintenance of the median going forward. It will undoubtedly enhance the visibility of the Pike District and let people know that something is happening.  

Finally, we continued our educational process, hearing from various County departments. Representatives of the County Department of Transportation made presentations about proposed bike lanes along various routes within Pike District and about Bikeshare. We also received the Report from the Office of Legislative Oversight providing important information about models for business/community improvement districts throughout the country. The presentation and report should form the basis of future discussions in the coming year as we move into a critical phase of our committees’ work, where we decide on the structure of the district including the desired services to be provided and the management model to implement them.  

I want to thank Brian Downie, Francine Waters, and Ken Hartman for their help on the executive committee during the current year.  I think we worked well together as an Executive Committee and were able to get some important things done in setting the stage for next year.  I also want to give a special thanks to Bev Haller, whose administrative support certainly made my job easier. Again, it was my pleasure to serve. I look forward to continuing my involvement with our new chair Brian Downie and vice chair Tom Murphy in the coming year.  Thank you!

Clifford M. Cohen, Esq.
Chair - White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee

What's New and Newsworthy in the Pike District This Week

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What's New and Newsworthy in the
Pike District This Week
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No doubt you've missed those sweet blueberries, yummy baked treats, and free-range chicken as much as we have. Happily, our wait is over.  Our favorite farmers market, the Pike Central Farm Market, returns to the parking lot at 5922 Executive Boulevard (at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Executive Blvd) this Saturday from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Opening day will feature free balloon creations for the kids, Cove Point Winery with free wine tastings, Oat My Goodness with fabulous granola, The Rockville Potters with their wonderful pottery, and delicious handmade candies by The Chocolatiers Palette. They will have fresh crepes from Rita’s and southwestern foods from The Culinary Nomad for breakfast along with hot steaming coffee from Zekes Coffee. Sit and enjoy while listening to the music of Caroline Glattly and Adam Kazminsky. Other vendors will have fresh produce, eggs, cheeses, meats, poultry, breads, cakes, doughnuts, fish, ice cream, and much more all summer long. (Read more here.)

On Tuesday, April 28, from 5pm – 9pm, you can fill your stomach with delicious food while filling the coffers of Friends of White Flint. Simply enjoy dinner at ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen in Pike & Rose on April 28th from 5pm to 9pm and mention Friends of White Flint. That's all you need to do, and ShopHouse will generously donate half of the cost of your meal to Friends of White Flint.
Please cut and paste this announcement of our April 28th ShopHouse fundraiser and email it to friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors. It's not often that you can do so much good simply by eating food this good.

The Gables project is a much-anticipated 476-apartment complex with 31,000 square feet of commercial space set to be built on Old Georgetown Road. On April 30, the Planning Board will review The Gables’ preliminary plan and site plan for the project.  As you may recall, this project requires the realignment of Executive Boulevard (the Western Workaround) and will hopefully bring the new parking required for the expansion of Wall Park.

Eddie Meder, Gables Development Associate said, “The Pike District is an extraordinary area, and we are excited to move forward and start construction.”

In order to transform Wall Park’s current surface parking lot into beautiful green space for the community, a parking garage for the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center must be built. Said Eddie Meder, “We've engineered a solution where we can phase-in the garage, building spaces for our mixed-use property, 250 spaces to replace the existing Aquatic Center surface parking lot, and someday, another 150 spaces for the recreation center. We’re ready, willing, and able to make the parking garage work, and I know the County is trying their best to figure out how to fund their share of the cost. We look forward to working with the County to create the largest public amenity, an enlarged and engaging Wall Park, in the Pike District.”  (Read more here.)

And the Pike District logo is ….

Thursday, April 16, 2015

News from the Friends of White Flint.