Facelift for White Flint

County approves major redevelopment plan

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Wednesday, Mar 24, 2010  |  Updated 6:43 AM EDT
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Facelift for White Flint

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Parts of North Bethesda in Montgomery County will soon get a major facelift. On Tuesday the county council unanimously approved the White Flint Sector Plan, which will transform the area into a more urban community.

The plan has been in the works for years and will target growth and development along Rockville Pike near the White Flint Metro Station.

According to the council, developers will transform aging low-rise commercial properties into high-rise mixed-use properties. Those buildings could be as tall as 30 stories.

It will also add nearly 10,000 new residences, with about a third of those falling into the affordable housing category.

The new revitalized neighborhood will also include new restaurants and entertainment venues. Streets will also be more on a grid to promote easier walkability for residents and employees.

“I hope that White Flint will become a model for transit-oriented development and community involvement both within the region and beyond,” said Councilmember George Leventhal.

The council says the plan is to make the area less reliant on automobiles.

“The White Flint master plan will bring a new vibrancy to this area,” said Councilmember Mike Knapp. “This plan will take Rockville Pike and the surrounding area from a series of underdeveloped strip malls and pedestrian unfriendly intersections to enable to become a comfortable destination where our residents can live, work and play.”

Development is expected to take about two decades.
 

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