Saturday, March 31, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
|View of the building from two|
blocks north on MD 355
Going forward, the project's sketch plan is expected to be reviewed by the Planning Board for approval in July. Site Plan and Preliminary Plan review could then occur in the fall. Groundbreaking for the building would not occur until Fall 2019, with delivery expected in the summer of 2021.
read my report yesterday, you had all of the information and diagrams shown last night for permanent concrete curb turning lanes at Braeburn Parkway, and a pedestrian-activated traffic signal at the crosswalk. SHA says that, if they go forward with the proposal, the final design could be completed this summer. Construction would begin this fall, and conclude by next summer.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Future Japanese restaurant Kusshi has installed "coming soon" window screens at 11826 Trade Street at Pike & Rose. They are now hiring staff, and are scheduled to open this fall.
SHA to unveil plan
at meeting tonight,
community to hold
their own meeting
April 23, 2018
These preview images show the project that is expected to be revealed tonight by SHA; the meeting will be in an open house format, with displays around the room, and SHA staff to answer questions.
In the plan, the temporary bollards that control turns at the intersection now will be replaced by permanent concrete curbs. Left turns will remain permitted in both directions from River Road. SHA will also make safety improvements at the crosswalk, including a traffic signal that will be activated by pedestrians when crossing. This signal will stop traffic when activated. A similar signal works quite well at Westbard Avenue and Westbard Circle in Bethesda.
It sounds like a good solution in that congested traffic will not be repeatedly held up by a constant light cycle turning red, and pedestrians will have a safe crossing. Flashing warning signs will alert drivers coming up the hill in both directions to prepare to stop at the crosswalk.
at two previous meetings. A community meeting to discuss, and likely vote on, such a response will be held on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium at Whitman.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
"Thailand's military government is crushing the spirit of Bangkok's nightlife," according to the Washington Post. The result, reporter George Styllis wrote, is the closure of many bars and clubs. A whopping 14 nightspots have closed in downtown Bethesda since the failure of Councilmember Hans Riemer's disastrous "nighttime economy" initiative.
Bangkok's after hours businesses are suffering from now-more-vigorously-enforced "arcane regulations." Sound familiar? It does to many Bethesda newcomers who are shocked to find they can't purchase Bud Light or a nice bottle of wine at grocery, drug and convenience stores. Our County government liquor monopoly is also referred to often as "arcane." Riemer claimed he would get government out of the liquor business, then turned 180 degrees, and instead took steps to preserve and strengthen the monopoly.
"Bangkok has become a much less spontaneous city, and in many ways a more boring city than it was five years ago," Bangkok DJ Anders Svensson told Styllis. The quote applies to downtown Bethesda as well. Where crowds swarmed on sidewalks outside clubs like Relic and BlackFinn, streets are instead dark and empty after 9 or 10 PM, even on weekends.
But wait, there's more!
Remember how Riemer's political operative, given a $150,000 County job as a reward for his pre-2010 actions for developers and Riemer, executed Riemer's developer-fueled scheme to destroy the food truck industry in Montgomery County? Trucks were forcibly removed from prime lunch and dinner hour spots to a handful of private property locations far from where most customers were. Within months, 96% of food trucks either went out of business, or retreated into the District.
Thailand's military government followed a Riemer-esque plan, as well. "In many bustling tourist spots," Styllis wrote, "street-food sellers were moved from main roads into side streets or to new parts of the city." Sound familiar?
Of course, this doesn't even include the many late-night retail and pharmacy hours that were cut back or eliminated after the nighttime economy tanked. With most candidates running for office this year still opposing privatization of liquor sales in the County, voters will have to choose wisely on Election Day.
|Rendering courtesy Pampillonia|
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Monday, March 26, 2018
Ferguson Neudorf Glass Inc., a Canadian firm, has requested a Temporary Noise Waiver from Montgomery County for nighttime work at the JBG Smith 4747 Bethesda Avenue project. The contractor will be installing 24' tall unitized window units. 4747 consists of the 2-story retail building already constructed, and the office tower going up next to it.
Unitized window units are usually manufactured offsite, glazed, and then transported to the building site. There, they are lifted into place on the building.
The work will be performed between the hours of 5:00 PM and 1:00 AM Monday through Friday, and on weekends between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Installation is currently scheduled to begin around April 3, 2018, and be completed by June 30. Night hours were chosen to avoid impacting the movement of traffic and pedestrians on Bethesda Avenue during business hours on weekdays.
Residents of The Seasons, The Darcy and The Flats at Bethesda Avenue - you know the drill. Time to stock up on earplugs, and fire up the white noise machine.