Monday, May 13, 2013
Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro, whose district includes Wheaton, shifted her support to a plan that would tie the Park and Planning headquarters to the rest of Wheaton redevelopment.
County officials have the next six months to work with private developers on plans for Wheaton redevelopment that could include the new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters, the Montgomery County Council decided at a budget worksession Monday. With the current Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring added to the mix of properties available in Wheaton, county officials say they are seeing more interest from developers. The project description form (PDF) embraced by the Council sets forth a timeline for this process: The Executive has indicated his intent to issue an RFP by June 1 and select a developer by Nov. 1. Planning and engineering will…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Some councilmembers want to move forward with the Park and Planning headquarters, separate from other redevelopment in Wheaton; others want the headquarters to be part of an overall redevelopment strategy.
In considering options for Wheaton redevelopment and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters, members of the Montgomery County Council found themselves equally divided on how to move forward at a joint committee meeting Wednesday. Councilmembers Hans Riemer and Valerie Ervin joined Council President Nancy Navarro in supporting a "split project" approach in which Park and Planning could move forward with its plans for a new headquarters building south of Reedie Drive, separate from the redevelopment possibilities being explored for other parcels of county land in Wheaton. Park and Planning prefers this option because it wants responsibility for its own building, Planning Board Chair Francoise Carrier said. …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Rockville.
Two Montgomery County Council committees are scheduled to discuss Wheaton redevelopment at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. The joint committee meeting will be in the Seventh Floor Hearing Room of the Council Office Building at 100 Maryland Ave. in Rockville. The meeting will be televised live by County Cable Montgomery (CCM—Cable Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon). The broadcast also will be streamed through the county website. The Government Operations and Fiscal Planning committee and the Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee will consider proposed amendments for two projects included in the county's CIP budget: the Wheaton Redevelopment Program and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro laid out her concerns in a memo to County Executive Isiah Leggett Tuesday.
Montgomery County Council President Nancy Navarro took County Executive Isiah Leggett to task in a memo on Tuesday, criticizing his administration's "poor track record in its implementation of Wheaton redevelopment." During a joint committee meeting at the Montgomery County Council on Friday, councilmembers discussed plans for the new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters in Wheaton. They decided to allow the Department of General Services more time to talk with private developers and report back on April 24. But Navarro said at the committee meeting that she was "not optimistic" about Leggett's approach, a theme she touched upon again in her memo: Your recommendation to solicit private development proposals …
Monday, April 15, 2013
County agencies would not be relocated to Wheaton under two options being considered.
The Montgomery County Council is weighing the need for urgency in building a new Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters in Wheaton against the desire to encourage private developers to share ideas and submit proposals for the Reedie Drive and Parking Lot 13 area. Before budget decisions are made at the end of May, the county’s Department of General Services will be talking with developers who have expressed interest in building in downtown Wheaton. With cramped working conditions at a deteriorating headquarters building in Silver Spring, Park and Planning is eager to move. Meanwhile, the council is eager to signal its commitment to Wheaton revitalization, after a year of talks between the county and M-NCPPC. …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Councilmembers will consider where the new Park and Planning headquarters should be located and whether it should include significant office space for county agencies.
Two Montgomery County Council committees are meeting together Friday morning to discuss the redevelopment plans for Wheaton. The Government Operations and Fiscal Planning committee and the Planning, Housing and Economic Development committee will consider proposed amendments for two projects included in the county's CIP budget: the Wheaton Redevelopment Program and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission headquarters. Interested in listening to the discussion? You can watch the meeting online starting at 9 a.m. or come in person to the Seventh Floor Hearing Room in the County Council building in Rockville. The redevelopment plan that the County Council voted on last year for Wheaton featured a government office building …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
In addition, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is recommending against moving county agencies from Rockville to share space with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Wheaton, citing high costs.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is still on track to move its headquarters from Silver Spring to downtown Wheaton, but perhaps not to Parking Lot 13 as previously proposed. Instead, Park and Planning is looking across the street, to take over the site currently occupied by the Mid-County Regional Services Center at 2424 Reedie Dr. in Wheaton, according to a project description form submitted in March. (See attached PDF) If this goes forward, Montgomery County likely would receive the Park and Planning headquarters site at 8787 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, in a land swap, said Greg Ossont, deputy director of the Department of General Services. Leggett: $67 Million More Would Be Needed to Move County Agencies to …
Monday, April 1, 2013
Montgomery County's executive says the move would cost too much, The Washington Examiner reports.
The redevelopment vision for the new Park and Planning headquarters in Wheaton included proposals to relocate certain Montgomery County agencies under the same roof. But County Executive Isiah Leggett says moving the departments of permitting services and environmental protection from Rockville to Wheaton would be too expensive, The Washington Examiner reports. What would be the estimated cost for the move? $67 million more than the $65 million already planned for the headquarters building. Read the full story at The Washington Examiner.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee discussed the plan's moving parts Tuesday.
Questions remain regarding the siting, scope and size of the Wheaton redevelopment project involving a new Park and Planning headquarters. The Montgomery County Council discussed the project with county officials and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission during a closed session Tuesday, Pete McGinnity, manager of the county's Wheaton Redevelopment Program, told the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee later that day. "It was to discuss the acquisition of private property," McGinnity said of the closed session. It's not yet clear what changes could be coming, but the County Council expects to receive amended project description forms from Park and Planning for introduction on March 19, said Adam Fogel, chief of …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Montgomery County Council included the parking study in the FY13 budget to address fears of displaced customer parking during redevelopment construction.
Montgomery County's executive branch plans to select a developer for Wheaton before conducting the planning study that the county council allotted money for in the fiscal year 2013 capital improvements program. Steve Silverman, the director of the Department of Economic Development, said that the study could take place before the end of the fiscal year. The selection of a developer for Wheaton may be announced before the end of January. The council included the parking study in response to concerns that construction on parking lot 13 in the center of Wheaton would harm the small businesses that rely on the parking spaces to attract customers. The council set aside $650,000 for the parking study, a bus bay feasibility study and local job …