Sunday, March 18, 2012
The following information was supplied by the Montgomery County Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
A number of crimes were reported in areas just outside of Kensington's borders, Feb. 26 to March 6.
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 …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Here's the blotter for Feb. 6-14
Montgomery County Police released a recent crime summary for Feb. 6 through 14, which included thefts from cars in Kensington and robberies in White Flint.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
More warm weather, a robbery arrest, and same-sex marriage hits the Senate.
It'll be partly sunny today, according to the National Weather Service, with a high around 67 and a low near 50. Police have made an arrest in connection with a string of commercial robberies in Montgomery County, including two in White Flint. Last night was Montgomery County Public Schools' final meeting on where to site a new middle school for Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Next, the superintendent will make his recommendation. We'll have a full recap later today. Speaking of the superintendent, Joshua Starr and some of MCPS's musically minded staff will perform on stage this weekend at a fundraiser. Yesterday, the state Senate delayed its vote on same-sex marriage, and senators are expected to take up the issue today. Stay tuned to Patch for …
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
More mild weather, middle school news, and a chance to fight hunger.
It's going to be sunny today, according to the National Weather Service, with a high around 58 and a low near 42. Montgomery County Public Schools is hosting its final scheduled meeting tonight to decide where to put a new Bethesda-Chevy Chase middle school. You can help battle hunger by dining locally this month. A winter without a snow day is hardly a winter at all, according to our columnist Diane Bartz. White Flint will be the site of a lavish iPic theater, offering reclining chairs and in-show service.
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 …
Monday, February 20, 2012
Here's the blotter for Jan. 30 to Feb. 7
Montgomery County Police released a recent crime summary for Jan. 30 through Feb. 7, which included thefts and robbery.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A blog post questions the county's priorities.
When you exit the White Flint Metro Station and look south across Marinelli Road, you see a mid-street wall, preventing pedestrians from crossing, and it wasn't always this way. Until 2005, there was a striped crosswalk from the station the Nuclear Regulatory Commission building across Marinelli Road, according to Greater Greater Washington, and that allowed pedestrians easy access to the area and to Rockville Pike. But since Montgomery County built the wall, pedestrians have had to walk to the intersection of Marinelli Road and Rockville Pike, which Greater Greater Washington says slows down the flow of riders walking to their destinations. What do you think? Does the wall harm pedestrian-friendliness in the area? Do you feel safe on foot…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The menswear store cites declining patronage in White Flint Mall.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Bruno Cipriani, a high-end menswear shop, will close its White Flint store after 27 years in business, according to Bethesda Magazine. Master tailor Eduardo DePandi told the magazine it's not the economy that's forcing the closure. Fewer and fewer people come to the White Flint Mall, he said, and that's made it difficult to run a business. Lerner Enterprises, which owns the mall, announced in November its plans to convert the facility into a mixed-use mini-town, with office space, hotels and commercial-residential buildings. Since then, Bloomingdale's has announced it will close its White Flint store, too, which has been open since 1977. You can read more about Bruno Cipriani's closing in Bethesda Magazine.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Metered parking is now 60 cents per hour.
Long-term metered parking throughout White Flint and North Bethesda is going up from 50 to 60 cents per hour this month, Montgomery County announced. Long-term meters are the ones that allow for more than four hours. The North Bethesda Transportation Management District will be allerting people to the rate change. The same uptick in rates is happening in garages in Silver Spring this month, and it took place last year in downtown Bethesda.