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.
CTS Chesapeake Bay Trust Grant Project
On March 4, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (CTS) was awarded $119,200 from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The purpose of this money is to replace 4,000 square feet of impervious blacktop with permeable pavers and to tie in three roof downspouts into the same drainage system. This will prevent thousands of gallons of runoff into our watersheds.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) awards more than $10 million in grant funding each year to hundreds of nonprofits and community organizations throughout the region for hands-on projects that are ensuring cleaner, greener, healthier Chesapeake, Coastal Bays and Youghiogheny watersheds for years to come. For more information about this organization, visit www.chesapeakebaytrust.org.
CTS has always been environmentally conscious. We recycle plastic, glass and paper products and use washable plates, cups and utensils instead of paper ones in our activities. So when it became time to replace our blacktop parking lot we explored the most environmentally healthy way possible. We learned that even replacing a small section of our parking lot with permeable pavers would greatly help our watershed.
With the help of CBT, another organization called Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC), Montgomery Village Foundation and the Gaithersburg Library we hope to accomplish 2 goals:
1. To help make our precious water safer and cleaner for future generations; and
2. To educate our neighbors in how they can also improve our watershed with simple projects and behavioral changes.
Construction should begin this May/June and should take 2 weeks.
Colonial Pipeline Inspection Project
Colonial Pipeline Company owns and operates an Interstate Common Carrier Pipeline System that transports refined petroleum products, gasoline, diesel fuel, home heating oil, aviation kerosene and military grade fuels to markets in the southeast and along the eastern seaboard. Periodically, Colonial runs internal inspection tools through its pipelines as part of its system integrity program. Colonial performed a tool run through a pipeline segment that crosses through the Montgomery Village community and has identified a location that requires further inspection. In order to safely perform the required pipeline inspection, it will be necessary to temporarily close and relocate Duffer Way. Work is scheduled to begin approximately on June 1.
Colonial’s pipelines cross through the community via Right-of-Way Easements that were obtained in 1963 when there were working farms in the area, and additional easements in 1980 from the Kettler Brothers and Patton Ridge Homes Corporation. These easements granted to Colonial the rights “for the purpose of laying, constructing, maintaining, operating, repairing, altering, replacing, inspecting, protecting, changing the size of, and removing one pipeline…” Additionally, “together with the right of unimpaired access to said pipe line and the right of ingress and egress on, over, and through Grantor’s above-described lands for any and all purposes necessary and incident to the exercise by said Grantee of the rights granted hereunder, …”
Under the above referenced rights, Colonial plans to construct a temporary roadway during upcoming maintenance activities. They anticipate the work to take approximately 60 days, weather permitting. The first phase will be to construct a new roadway to connect the Fairway Island of Patton Ridge community with Meadowcroft Lane. The second phase will be executed once the new roadway is in place. Colonial will close the current entrance of Fairway Island and detour traffic to the new road. Then the pipeline inspection and maintenance will take place.
Once the pipeline inspection and maintenance activities have been completed, the existing roadway, curbing and other disturbed areas will be restored and reopened. The third phase will involve removing the temporary detour roadway and restoring the distributed areas back to their original grade and conditions.
Colonial appreciates residents’ support and cooperation during these necessary maintenance activities. For more information or questions, e-mail Colonial’s Right-of-Way Consultant Terry mock at email@example.com.
Watkins Mill Pool Site Repurposing
A major discussion point for the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors in 2019 has been the repurposing of the Watkins Mill Pool site. By repurposing the site, it will allow for the creation of a new amenity for better utilization of the recreation area.
Each year, the aquatics staff provides detailed statistics on utilization of all MVF pools. including the Watkins Mill Pool, which is MVF’s smallest and least used pool. This location has always been a challenge due to the proximity of the busy Watkins Mill Road, which fronts the pool site. MVF has six additional pools with capacity.
The reality is that as MVF renovates facilities, operating and reserve expenses increase. For these reasons, the Board of Directors has decided to move in a different direction with the Watkins Mill Pool location and develop a plan to repurpose this site. As such, the MVF Board of Directors approved the 2020 Budget in October without funds to operate the Watkins Mill Pool in 2020 and beyond. In addition, the Board approved funds for the demolition of the pool and the installation of a new, year-round amenity (to be determined).
Recreation and Parks staff researched various options for the repurpose of the Watkins Mill site. Some of the criteria staff considered were: low operation cost, low reserve cost, year-round usage, unique to Montgomery Village, support of Long Range Facility Plan, support of community needs and fit within the given budget parameters.
Staff presented different amenity options to the Recreation Committee in October. The committee narrowed down the selection to four amenities that they believe could be a good fit for the location. Those amenities include: outdoor fitness space with playground; outdoor fitness space; skate park; or multiple sports courts (futsal, basketball and pickleball).
The committee recommended hosting both a community forum and survey to gain community feedback on these proposed concepts. The community forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 in the North Creek Board Room, 20125 Arrowhead Road.
The survey is available online at https://bit.ly/2JNBpwc and will be open until Friday, Dec. 13. Residents may also request a paper copy of the survey at the Montgomery Village Office, 10120 Apple Ridge Road. Community feedback and recommendations will be presented to the Recreation Committee and MVF Board of Directors in January.
For more information, questions or comments about this project, contact Director of Recreation and Parks Duncan Mullis at 240-243-2337 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dedicated Pickleball Courts
Last year the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors approved converting one of the four lighted tennis courts at North Creek Community Center into a dedicated futsal/soccer court. This decision was reached after community input, location considerations and Recreation Committee study and recommendation.
In June 2019, the Recreation Committee proposed converting one of the tennis courts at the Apple Ridge Recreation Area into multiple purpose-built pickleball courts, to give the emerging sport a dedicated outdoor space. Following opportunities for community input, the Recreation Committee elected to broaden the considered locations for community input to also include Watkins Mill Recreation Area, Edward A. DeSimon Recreation Area and North Creek Community Center. After reviewing the community feedback received from a community forum and an online survey, the Recreation Committee recommended that multiple pickleball courts be installed next to the soon-to-be futsal/soccer court at North Creek Community Center.
The North Creek location was the overwhelming favorite for several reasons. The proposed location is already being modified for the futsal/soccer court, so performing additional work at the same time allows for a preferred design. This location has lighted courts, making play available later in the evening hours; there is ample parking; and it is further from homes than other potential sites. While it reduced the number of lighted tennis courts at this location, there are also lighted tennis courts at Watkins Mill Recreation Area which are currently underutilized.
At the January 23 MVF Board of Directors meeting, the Board authorized staff to begin the bidding process to convert one of the North Creek Tennis Courts to install three purpose-built pickleball courts. Bids will be solicited through an RFP process, with the aim that the pickleball and futsal/soccer court conversions be performed by the same contractor, at the same time.
The proposed concept would adjust the layout of the lower two courts at the North Creek Community Center. The plan shows the construction of three pickleball courts in the same orientation as the current tennis courts on one half of the pad, and a futsal/soccer court spanning the length of the pad on the other half. The two sport uses would be separated in the middle with a 10-foot fence. The two upper tennis courts would remain in their current configuration with no changes.
Once the North Creek Pool is renovated (closing after the 2020 pool season and reopening for the 2021 season), North Creek Community Center will have some of the most diverse offerings available to Village residents: a brand new pool with a 140’ water slide, tot lot (replaced in 2015), two lighted tennis courts, three lighted pickleball courts and a lighted futsal/soccer court.
For more information, questions or comments about this project, contact Director of Recreation and Parks Duncan Mullis at 240-243-2337 or e-mail email@example.com.
Village Center Revitalization
Great progress is being made with the facelift and infrastructure improvements for Phase I of the Village Center project. The developer, Atlantic Realty Companies, has not yet filed a Preliminary Plan for the Watkins Mill side of the project, which will include condominium units and townhouses.
MV Professional Center/Lidl
Lidl still on plan to open in Spring 2021
According to representatives from German grocer Lidl, the owners of the old Professional Center site, they are still on track to begin demolition this month and start construction in the August or September timeframe. Lidl is hopeful for a Grand Opening in March 2021.
Lidl has indicated that they would do better with more regular grass cutting and trash pickup on the site, which has been a continuous issue.
MVGC Development/Bloom Montgomery Village
Representatives of Green Bloom MV Development LLC, owner of the former Montgomery Village Golf Course property and affiliate of Monument Realty LLC, report that as of April 2020, the Site Plan Amendment has been approved and Record Plats for Areas 4 and 5 are expected to be recorded soon so that construction can commence. They also report that the project team is now days away from final permit approvals and is preparing to mobilize its construction team for a mid-May ground breaking.
Grading and earthwork will begin in early June. Residents can expect to see earth being moved in a large swath of the property bordering Montgomery Village Avenue over to Arrowhead Drive and then down to Stewartown Road. The construction zone borders a number of Patton Ridge subdivisions including Highfield, Greentee I and Fairway Islands. The first model home lots are expected to be delivered in Fall 2020 with model homes completed approximately 90 to 120 days later.
In April, Monument applied for a Site Plan Amendment approval for Area 3B. This area includes the new MVF Central Park and associated open space, along with the single-family homes. That phase of development is currently projected to break ground by the end of the year, with the park and homes delivered by Summer 2021.
Progress is also being made with the stream restoration effort that will enhance the park and open space area, while improving the health of the stream valley. Monument is still working with RES, a national ecosystem restoration and water resource expert, to bring the stream restoration goals to fruition. In late 2019, RES secured funding through the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) for the project. While timing for this effort will ultimately be depending on SHA’s schedules related to its own road and highway construction, design and permitting for the stream restoration is expected to continue through 2021 to enable the stream restoration work to be completed in 2022.
In the meantime, some afforestation will take place in the stream valley park in advance of the stream restoration effort. By the end of the project, over 2,800 new trees (and additional shrubs and plantings) will have been added to the stream valley park.
For the latest project updates, visit Monument’ project website www.BloominMV.com or continue to read the Village News online. For specific questions about the project, e-mail Monument representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-777-2000.
For more information on Bloom, visit www.bloominmv.com/home.
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.
This report laid important groundwork for and helped shape the MV Master Plan.
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.
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
The MDOT State Highway Administration (SHA) continues work on the I-270 (Eisenhower Parkway) Watkins Mill Interchange Project (MO3515172R). This major congestion relief project will improve one of Maryland’s most heavily traveled roadways in Montgomery County, benefiting tens of thousands of travelers who drive the I-270 corridor. The bridge is expected to open in July 2020 and the entire interchange no later than late summer.
MDOT SHA continues work on the I-270 Innovative Congestion Management Project (MO0695172). According to the SHA website, this project will save drivers up to 30 minutes on morning commutes southbound from Frederick to I-495. A meter to regulate the flow of traffic from Montgomery Village Avenue to southbound I-270 has been installed but is not operational.
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.