Friday, August 28, 2015
Theft. 8200 block Wisconsin Avenue.
Theft from vehicle. 4400 block East-West Highway.
Vehicle burglary. 5800 block Wyngate Drive.
Theft. 11900 block Rockville Pike (Pike District).
Assault. 7400 block Westlake Terrace at 7:52 PM.
Theft. 5700 block Bou Avenue (Pike District).
Drug offense. Woodmont Avenue at Battery Lane at 10:54 PM.
Disorderly conduct. 4700 block Elm Street at 2:00 AM.
Drug offense. Arlington Road at Elm Street at 11:25 PM.
Disorderly conduct. 5400 block Westbard Avenue at 1:37 AM.
Drug offense. 7400 block Lakeview Drive at 8:58 PM.
Assault. 11100 Hurdle Hill Drive at 5:49 PM.
Theft. 10100 block River Road (Potomac Village).
Some of the groundwork has been laid by the existing and future segments of the Montrose Parkway itself, and a proposed Bus Rapid Transit system along the Pike. No Metro station is located within the sector plan's boundaries, but the location is between the Twinbrook and White Flint stations on the Red Line. Planners will review all of these, but also address the need for better pedestrian and bicycle connectivity between Rockville, White Flint 2 and White Flint. The latter two areas are now branded as the Pike District by Montgomery County.
Properties under study by planners for the WF2 Sector Plan include Montrose Crossing, Pike Center, Loehmann’s Plaza, and the industrial properties east of the railroad tracks along Parklawn Drive. The Midtown Bethesda North condos, and the adjacent Target store, are harbingers of what the future may bring to these commercial properties.
Issues planners want to address in the sector plan process are transportation and connectivity, community facilities (in particular, capacity - or lack thereof - in the Walter Johnson school cluster), environmental sustainability, and land uses and urban design.
One public kick-off meeting was held on June 25, 2015. You can review the public feedback I reported on from that meeting the next day.
A series of workshops will be held this fall to obtain more feedback from residents, businesses and landowners. Planners will present a working draft of the plan to the Montgomery County Planning Board in the spring of 2016, and a draft plan to the Montgomery County Council and Executive by August 2016. The Council will vote on the plan, and a necessary Sectional Map Amendment, by summer 2017.
The next step in the process will be planners' presentation of the Scope of Work document to the Board on Thursday, September 3, 2015.
A fatal auto accident has closed Massachusetts Avenue between Sangamore Road and Goldsboro Road. Use MacArthur Boulevard or River Road instead.
Montgomery County Police confirm the male cyclist has died after being struck by a vehicle around 6:20 this morning in the 6000 block of Massachusetts Avenue. The driver remained on-scene, and is cooperating with the investigation.
|Here comes a commode|
|On to the truck it goes|
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Expected to take over a year to complete, the project will widen River Road along the northbound side between Baltimore Avenue and a point 150 feet west of Willard Avenue. All of the land being utilized for the project is within the SHA right-of-way; no seizure of private property is expected.
Crews will also construct sidewalk ramps for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and new curbs and gutters. They'll also install audible and countdown display pedestrian signals at the River Road intersections with Ventnor Road, WillardAvenue/Greenway Drive and Baltimore Avenue.
Traffic signals will also be upgraded, and the road will be repaved at project's end, likely in the fall of 2016. Yes, there will be nighttime work Sunday through Thursday nights, to the delight of nearby residents who recently endured a never-ending Pepco project.
$825,000 has been budgeted for the project, and its schedule will be determined by how mild or nasty the upcoming winter is.
The SHA estimates over 17,000 cars use this stretch of River Road daily. Let's hope County planners and the SHA start discussing projects to increase capacity along River Road in light of plans for massive redevelopment in the Westbard sector plan. Of course, while widening River Road would make sense, it would narrow again to 4 lanes at the DC line, leaving a major bottleneck point. Currently ground zero for the War on Cars in America, the District is unlikely to agree to widen River Road within its jurisdiction.
Vehicle burglary. 4900 block Elm Street.
Vehicle burglary. 4600 block Chestnut Street.
Liquor offense. Chatham Road at Blackthorn Street (Chevy Chase).
Vehicle burglary. 3300 block Shirley Lane (Dunlop Hills).
Vehicle burglary. 5100 block Worthington Drive (Westgate).
Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.
Stolen car. 10400 block Auto Park Avenue at 2:28 PM.
Death. 9400 block Kingsley Avenue at 9:28 AM (Maplewood).
Assault. 11400 block Rockville Pike at 11:10 AM (Pike District).
Burglary. 5200 block Brentford Drive (Montrose Park).
REI's new Pike & Rose location will be in a massive, 36,200 SF space on Rose Avenue, an as-yet-unbuilt street in Pike & Rose Phase 2. That's one of the largest spaces in the development.
There is currently an REI location at 1701 Rockville Pike, just up the Pike in Rockville.
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue spokesperson Pete Piringer said there were no injuries, and the fire was brought quickly under control. Damage is estimated at $10,000.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
One of the reasons I thought the expansion was worthwhile is the horrific parking experience at today's Suburban. It's almost impossible to find a spot during the daytime, which is ridiculous when trying to visit friends or family at the hospital. If the expansion means there's a parking spot for every visitor, I'm all in favor of it.
Assaults in Kenwood, N. Chevy Chase, Garrett Park; theft in Kenwood Park + more - Bethesda crime update
Assault/death. 6200 block Highland Drive at 10:28 PM (Kenwood).
Theft from vehicle. 6800 block Granby Street (Kenwood Park).
Theft. 5400 block Wisconsin Avenue.
Theft from vehicle. Westwood Shopping Center.
Assault. 4700 block Oxford Street (Garrett Park).
Drug offense. Woodmont Avenue at Elm Street at 12:52 AM.
Drug offense. 8900 block McGregor Drive at 3:18 PM.
Assault. 3400 block Kenilworth Driveway at 2:47 PM.
Drug offense. 10300 block Strathmore Hall Street at 10:17 PM.
Death. 2300 block Stratton Drive at 7:02 PM.
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Drug arrest. Woodmont Avenue at Norfolk Avenue.
Assault. 7300 block Wisconsin Avenue.
Theft. 8100 block Wisconsin Avenue.
Theft. 5100 block River Road.
Theft from vehicle. 4800 block Enfield Road (Locust Hill Estates).
Burglary. 5600 block Newington Road at 3:52 PM (Springfield).
Theft. 7100 block Democracy Boulevard.
Death. 1700 block E. Jefferson Street at 10:08 AM (Pike District).
That auction will take place online beginning at 11:00 AM tomorrow, August 26.
This means that, after having its doors locked for over a month, Bethesda Barbecue Company has clearly closed. The future of the space is unknown for now.
|Surely this site had more|
potential for joining adjacent
lots for development that
would benefit the community
with retail, restaurants and
|A still from Sunday's episode|
of "Fear the Walking Dead"?
Nope, just scary MoCo
Monday, August 24, 2015
Arson. Tuckerman Lane at Rockville Pike at 8:41 AM.
Theft. 7000 block Wisconsin Avenue.
Theft. Giant, 5400 Westbard Avenue.
Theft. 10900 block Bloomingdale Drive.
Assault. 5600 block Nicholson Lane at 10:51 PM (Pike District).
Vehicle burglary. 6100 block Executive Boulevard (Pike District).
Drug arrest. MacArthur Boulevard at Seven Locks Road.
Burglary. 5500 block Alderbrook Court (Pike District).
Drug offense. 4800 block Cordell Avenue at 11:40 PM.
Death. 4600 block N. Park Avenue at 10:44 AM.