Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Montgomery County executive has the power to choose the developer.
Update, March 7, 2:30 p.m. The Wheaton redevelopment discussion tentatively scheduled for March 12 will be a closed session. The Montgomery County Council and the executive administration will be discussing real estate issues "that could impact negotiations if the session were public," according to Rob Klein of the Department of General Services. The county has yet to announce a developer for the Park and Planning headquarters building coming to Wheaton's downtown area. The redevelopment plan approved by the council in 2012 envisions a town square and an office building on Lot 13 with ground-floor retail. The Montgomery Planning Department would share the space with county agencies. Update, March 1, 3:45 p.m. The planned discussion about …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Montgomery County Council had allocated money for the study in the FY2013 budget.
Montgomery County government is not going to proceed with a feasibility study for redeveloping the bus bay area in Wheaton, in the triangle between Reedie Drive, Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road. That's what Steve Silverman, director of the Department of Economic Development, told members of the Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee at their January meeting. "We've made a determination at this point to move on," Silverman said. Last year, the Montgomery County Council approved $650,000 for various studies as part of the Wheaton redevelopment package, including the bus bay feasibility study. The study's inclusion in the budget came after the council rejected a proposal for private developer B.F. Saul to build a platform over the bus …
The Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce presents a Wednesday breakfast mixer at Panera with Peter McGinnity of the Wheaton Redevelopment Program and Peter Bang from the Department of Economic Development.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Attendees at the morning meeting will discuss strategies for engaging the business community.
A work group focusing on small businesses in Wheaton will meet Thursday, Dec. 13, at 8 a.m. in the Mid-County Regional Services Center. The meeting is open to the public and will last approximately an hour. The work group is scheduled to discuss strategies to engage the business community, according to Ana Lopez van Balen, director of the Mid-County Regional Services Center. A recent Wheaton Urban District newsletter outlined the work group's purpose and its objectives: helping small businesses prepare for coming changes in Wheaton due to revitalization and redevelopment, and encouraging these businesses to use Wheaton-based resources, such as the Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Find out when construction is expected to start at these sites in Wheaton.
Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2013 for the apartment building at 11141 Georgia Avenue and the BB&T Bank on University Boulevard in Wheaton, according to a report from the Wheaton Redevelopment Program. Lowe Enterprises is constructing a 14-story apartment building with approximately 195 units on the site of what is known as the 'Computer Building' on Georgia Avenue. The BB&T Bank will be built on the west side of University Boulevard across from the Giant at Westfield Wheaton. Both projects have received their preliminary and site plan approvals. --------- Read more on Wheaton Patch: - Planning Board Approves Site Plan for Future BB&T Bank - January WRAC Meeting Details Plans for Computer Building and Revisits Westfield …
The committee received updates on redevelopment in downtown Wheaton and the selection of an architect for the Wheaton Library and recreation center project.
The Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee discussed the Wheaton Library project, redevelopment on Parking Lot 13, and Wheaton’s small businesses at its Nov. 28 meeting at the Mid-County Regional Services Center. Wheaton Library Greg Ossont, deputy director of the Department of General Services for Montgomery County, presented an update on the progress of the Wheaton Library and Recreation Center project, which would combine the two facilities on Georgia Avenue into new building. Ossont told the advisory committee that the county has decided to use Grimm + Parker, an architecture firm with offices in Calverton, MD, and McClean, VA. Grimm + Parker is already under contract with the county. Redevelopment advisory committee members …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
WRAC will hear an update about the Wheaton Library and Recreation Center project at its Wednesday meeting.
The Wheaton Redevelopment Advisory Committee usually meets the third Wednesday of every month, but because of the Thanksgiving holiday, its November meeting was rescheduled to Wednesday, Nov. 28. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Mid-County Regional Services Center at 2424 Reedie Drive.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The survey results will help Montgomery County's Department of Economic Development, as it tries to flesh out a new small business assistance program.
A survey of small businesses in the Wheaton Urban District found that the top three "immediate business concerns" are parking, rent and safety. The Wheaton Redevelopment Program, which is part of the county's Department of General Services, conducted the survey in April and May. There was a 36 percent response rate; of the 298 surveys given to businesses, 108 were returned. Peter McGinnity of the Wheaton Redevelopment Program said the survey will help to inform the county's Department of Economic Development, as it tries to flesh out Bill 6-12. The bill, which was passed earlier this year by the County Council, calls for assistance to small businesses negatively affected by county development projects. The survey showed that the top …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Final evaluations for developer proposals for the Wheaton apartments are set for Nov. 27.
The Montgomery County Housing Opportunities Commission is in the process of redeveloping Ambassador Apartments, located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Veirs Mill Road and University Boulevard. The Ambassador's 162 low-income residential units are owned by Wheaton-University Boulevard Limited Partnership, a tax credit partnership. This redevelopment could also involve an adjacent property owned by Willco Companies. The HOC voted on Wednesday to enter into a memorandum of understanding with Wilco. The purpose of the project is to “create an energy-efficient, environmentally sustainable, mixed-income residential rental development…with a construction schedule that displaces no current resident," according to a preliminary …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Despite changes coming to White Flint, this tavern is thriving and remains popular.