Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Residents, property owners, businesses, civic groups and other stakeholders are invited to participate in a multi-agency charette process about the White Flint Sector Plan proposed public amenities. These amenities include a recreation center, neighborhood library, community meeting space, civic green, a satellite Regional Services Center, modifications to Wall Park and a recreation trail that links these facilities to each other and other locations.
The initial public charette will be held on June 1 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Walter Johnson High School cafeteria, 6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda. Attendees will be asked for input about how the public amenities can meet existing and anticipated community needs, contribute to the vitality of the area and help to shape and define White Flint as a world-class center in which to live, shop, work and play. Staff will present examples of community-defining facilities and review the public amenities outlined in the White Flint Master Plan.
In smaller groups, attendees will develop ideas on the following issues:
- How the public amenities can meet existing and emerging community needs;
- How the facilities can help shape the identity of White Flint as a premier destination;
- How to develop facilities that are environmentally, operationally and programmatically sustainable; and
- How to plan facilities that are coordinated and do not duplicate services, nor unduly compete with privately provided amenities and businesses.
A second charette will be held on June 16 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. also in the Walter Johnson High School cafeteria. County staff will present a conceptual implementation plan based on input received at the June 1 meeting.
The charettes are being held by the Montgomery County Department of General Services in collaboration with public agencies including, Public Libraries, Department of Recreation, the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Department of Transportation and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Several White Flint developers have generously helped fund this effort, including Federal Realty Investment Trust, Gables Residential, JBG Associates, L.L.C., LCOR White Flint, L.L.C., Promark Real Estate Services, L.L.C., Saul Holdings Limited Partnership, Washington Real Estate Investment Trust and White Flint Mall, L.L.C.
Goals of the charette process are to develop a White Flint Amenities Implementation strategy that will:
- Create an inviting and iconic sense of community and place;
- Maximize the benefits to the public;
- Create synergies with existing and planned public and private facilities;
- Maximize use of a recreation loop and transit to promote greater accessibility, use and enjoyment;
- Maximize use and efficiency of amenities;
- Avoid unintended redundancy and competition between public and private facilities; and
- Be affordable, “right-sized” and sustainable.
Anyone needing ADA, sign language interpreters or other special accommodations to attend the charettes must contact Rob Klein at 240-777-6016 or firstname.lastname@example.org at least three business days before each meeting.