As our community ages, maintaining, enhancing and adding to our infrastructure, facilities and amenities is a must. The Montgomery Village Foundation Board of Directors is dedicated to keeping the Village a desirable, flourishing community in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Use the below links for information regarding current development and projects in and around Montgomery Village.
Apple Ridge Pool Renovation
The Apple Ridge Pool was renamed the Peggy Mark Pool and opened for the 2017 season for all residents to enjoy! The new “leisure” pool features a “lazy river” or current channel; an open body slide; a double family slide; water features including dump buckets and pipe falls; spray ground; beach entry; in-water sun-shelf lounging area; an underwater bench sitting area with cool water jets; a bridge to an island pool deck; and an ADA compliant access ramp. Additionally, the wading pool will feature a beach entry and water features suitable for younger pool-goers.
Check out the full build in this short time lapse video:
Village Center Revitalization
Atlantic Realty Companies (ARC) received a minor Site Plan Amendment on April 25 so that they can proceed with getting building permits to begin construction at the Village Center property. According to ARC, they have a contractor ready to go, and demolition of the old Bank of America and Denny’s buildings should commence within 45 days.
In addition, site work for the new SunTrust Bank building will begin at the front of the site along Montgomery Village Avenue. The SunTrust kiosk that is currently in the parking lot will be demolished and SunTrust will be moving its branch to a new pad site.
At about the same time, the façade improvements and changes to the building footprint of the Big Lots store and other retailers along the frontage and side of the existing building will commence. The Big Lots building footprint will shift so that construction on the new Aldi’s grocery store can commence. The new Big Lots store and much of the façade improvements should be finished by the end of 2019. Aldi is hoped to open in the second or third quarter of 2020. ARC will be working with all the existing retailers so as not to disrupt their operations during construction.
The extension of Centerway Road—which will connect through to Watkins Mill Road—will also commence later this spring.
On the residential side of the Village Center improvements, ARC will seek site plan approval from the Planning Board later in 2019 and is hopeful to sign a contract with a residential builder to purchase residential lots at the rear of the site by the end of the year. It is possible that new residential construction—both townhouses and 2-over-2 condominiums—can commence construction in mid-2020.
MV Professional Center
Lidl grocery store purchased the Professional Center site in December 2018. Lidl representatives have been in contact with MVF, noting that they are working on a site plan to file with the Montgomery County Planning Board later this summer.
Before the site plan is filed, Lidl will be meeting with HOA and condominium boards located in close proximity to the site and will be holding a community meeting to receive comments on the proposed site plan. Tentatively, this meeting has been scheduled for the end of June, and more information will be forthcoming. In addition, the Commercial Architectural Review Committee will hold several meetings to review the architectural details of the Lidl plan.
In preparation for the Gaithersburg East Master Plan, later separated into the Montgomery Village Master Plan, which Montgomery County originally set to work on in 2014, the MVF Board of Directors appointed the Vision 2030 Steering Committee to work with a professional land use consultant to: 1) develop a general vision statement that would articulate the community’s vision and would influence the county’s master plan update; and 2) hold a number of charrettes to get residents’ and others’ input on how to change, improve or enhance various areas of Montgomery Village. A series of three, two-day community charrettes were held, and various land use options were developed for each site. Feedback during the charrette process demonstrated that the community recognizes the need for change and that there needs to be an infusion of new high quality development, both residential and commercial, as well as updated public facilities in order for Montgomery Village to maintain a sense of community and serenity in an ever urbanizing county.
Questions such as “How do we make things more attractive, fresh and vibrant?” came up over and over, as residents and professional planners shared ideas and in some cases, drawings for various areas of the Village. “How do we strengthen our sense of community? How do we increase property values? What kinds of housing or commercial facilities do we need?” The committee identified four sites in the Village that will be ripe for redevelopment in the next 20 years. Concept plans were developed for each location and then presented to the MVF Board of Directors, the Montgomery County Council and the Montgomery County Planning Board.
MVGC Development/Bloom Montgomery Village
After receiving a certification of the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision and Site Plan in July 2018, Monument Realty engaged in discussions with a number of home builders to identify the appropriate party to carry out the Bloom MV vision. On April 23, Monument entered into an agreement with Ryan Homes, a division of NVR, to supply the home builder with finished lots. Subject to completing the county’s lengthy Record Plat process and subsequent permitting, Monument currently estimates a ground breaking to occur in late 2019 to early 2020.
Last summer, the county Department of the Environment (DEP) began a detailed review of the former golf course’s storm water facilities, including identifying facilities that were previously unknown and undocumented. Monument’s discussions with DEP ended with positive news for Montgomery Village, as DEP agreed to take on the long-term structural maintenance of four existing stormwater facilities serving the residential communities surrounding the former golf course. An agreement was signed by Monument and the county in April 2019, which allowed the development to move forward.
The plan is to phase development beginning with development of Area 4 (the area surrounding the east side of Duffer Way) and Area 5 (the area between the Highfield and Greentee neighborhoods). Ryan Homes is expected to open its first model homes in mid-2020.
Monument is excited to continue to move the project forward and to deliver a wonderful new community to Montgomery Village, including 494 housing units (26 single family homes, 2 duplexes and 466 town houses); a new park for MVF; and a large stream valley park, which may eventually be conveyed to M-NCPPC.
For more information on Bloom, visit www.bloominmv.com/home.
MV Master Plan
On February 9, 2017 the Montgomery County Council unanimously adopted the Montgomery Village Master Plan. Over the last two years, the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors, MVF staff, Village residents, county planners and business stakeholders in the Village, including Monument Realty, worked to provide feedback and comments on the proposed plan.
County Council President Nancy Floreen thanked all who participated, noting that MVF and the Vision 2030 Plan helped lay the groundwork for this totally new Master Plan.
The comprehensive re-zoning of all properties in Montgomery Village continues to be processed by the county council. The Planning Board has recommended all the zoning recommendations in the recently adopted Montgomery Village Master Plan and the overlay zone. MVF Board President Pete Young presented testimony on behalf of the Board at a public hearing during a county council meeting, endorsing the zoning proposed in the master plan, including the overlay zone.
For more information or to view the Montgomery Village Master Plan, visit www.montgomeryplanning.org/community/montgomery_village.
Lake Whetstone Toe Drain Inspection
Montgomery Village Avenue is the dam for Lake Whetstone. It has an internal drainage system to collect and filter seepage, which occurs in all dams. Modern earth embankment dams, like Lake Whetstone Dam, are designed with internal drainage features to collect seepage passing through the dam. Uncontrolled or unfiltered seepage creates dam instability and concern for dam health and function. Therefore, assurance of the proper performance of the dam internal seepage collection system, including its toe drain, is critical for the stability of the dam.
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducts routine inspections to Lake Whetstone and its dam. Recent inspection has found Lake Whetstone’s toe drain pipe has corrosion. DEP has retained Gannett Fleming, Inc. to evaluate Lake Whetstone Dam internal seepage collection system. This evaluation is the first phase of the toe drain repair project.
The evaluation work includes:
- drilling of soil borings
- installation of monitoring instrumentation in the dam and
- pressure washing and video inspection of the internal metal drain pipes
Drilling on the crest and slopes of the Lake Whetstone Dam will start soon, pending on approval of the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Field work will began on Monday, Feb.1 (weather permitting) and will occur from 7 a.m. to around 5 p.m. on weekdays. Work will be completed in about four weeks. One lane of the Montgomery Village Avenue will be closed during drilling equipment unloading and setup time on the crest of the dam, to provide sufficient space and a safe working environment. Lane closure will last three to five days during the working period and won’t be full work hours of each day (not during hours of high traffic volume). The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (DOT) approved the Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan designed by Gannett Fleming, Inc. to control traffic in the road during the lane closure.s
Solar Panel Installation
Among the MVF Board of Directors recent strategic goals is reducing energy costs and carbon footprint through green initiatives. This is not only environmentally friendly, but helps free up resources for other important initiatives. The Architectural Review Board regularly approves the use of solar panels on homes, and reviews new, efficient exterior home products for use in the community. The Committee on the Environment (COE) looks at ways to reduce our impact on the environment, while maintaining a balance with wildlife.
As such, a sub-committee of the COE was formed to study the effectiveness of adding solar panels to MVF facilities. This group spent 10 months researching information on the feasibility of installing solar panels on various building owned by MVF. As a result of their hard work, the Committee on the Environment and the MVF Board decided to install solar panels on Lake Marion Community Center (LMCC), with the possibility of adding other facilities in the near future.
About 300 solar panels were installed on the roof of LMCC, sending collected solar energy through nine inverters, helping to power LMCC. This project was approved by the MVF Board in 2014 and after permitting and installation, was ready for Pepco to turn on in mid-July. Through a Purchase Power Agreement with Paradise, MVF is projected to save $250,000 in energy costs over the next 25 years.
A display kiosk inside LMCC monitors real-time power usage, savings and other comparisons. The monitor shows items such as how much energy was produced on a daily basis, how much energy has been used and other useful information including the weather. The system produces a portion of the electricity used at LMCC. In addition, to further reduce energy costs, the community center will be receiving all new LED lighting. After monitoring the success of this facility, MVF plans to duplicate it at other facilities, building commitment to the future of Montgomery Village.
Midcounty Highway Extended (M-83)
The following information is provided by the TAME Coalition regarding removing M-83 from the Montgomery County Highway Master Plan.
- The Case for Cancelling the Midcounty Highway Extended (M-83)
- The Environmental & Economic Case for Removing Midcounty Highway Extended (M-83)
- Best Transportation Improvements for Midcounty Corridor Area
Watkins Mill Interchange
MVF staff continues to monitor transportation projects that are important to Village residents. The Watkins Mill Interchange project started in Summer 2017, and regular construction updates are provided on the MD State Highway Administration (MSHA) website. According to the project manager, current work on the project includes: the completion of work on Pier #1 on southbound I-270; WSSC waterline testing; the completion of the footer for Pier #3 on southbound I-270; pile driving for Pier #4 on southbound I-270; and box culvert and backfilling work on the project also continues this summer. The project is now 34 percent complete. Progress permitting, the entire project should be complete by late Summer 2020.
I-495 & I-270 P3 Program
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced the Traffic Relief Plan to reduce traffic congestion, increase economic development, but most importantly, enhance safety and return quality of life to Maryland commuters. This announcement goes hand-in-hand with the State’s determination and commitment to deliver state-of-the-art transportation solutions to Maryland residents.
To help address some of Maryland’s transportation challenges, the Traffic Relief Plan will incorporate many projects around the state by providing a “system of systems” for users including improvements to highways and transit. The largest initiative in the Traffic Relief Plan will evaluate improvements in the I-495 and I-270 corridors, which will consider transformative solutions to address congestion along these highways in Montgomery, Prince George’s, and Frederick Counties.
The I-495 & I-270 P3 Program is a historic effort to reduce congestion for millions of Maryland drivers by seeking input from the private sector to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain improvements on both I-495 and I-270. Improvements will be focused to transform these overloaded interstates to allow people to reach their destinations faster and to remove overflow traffic from the local roads.