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Nov 6 12

Planners to Present Recommendations for Glenmont Sector Plan to Planning Board

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING – Residents of Glenmont have been frustrated for years about the Glenmont Shopping Center, their only significant commercial area. Just a stone’s throw from the Red Line Metro station, it’s auto-centric, hostile to pedestrians and lacks desirable retail and entertainment options.

Planners want to do something about that. On Thursday, they will recommend to the Planning Board a new vision for Glenmont that concentrates new development in and around the shopping center and Metro station. They want to improve the pedestrian experience and create a commercial core that is diverse, sustainable and draws people as a community gathering place.

The Planning Board will consider the staff draft of the Glenmont Sector Plan, then will set a public hearing to gain community input before scheduling worksessions on the plan early next year. Staff will request the public hearing for December 20.

The draft plan also looks at the multifamily apartment properties that surround the shopping center. The plan encourages those properties to redevelop as mixed-use projects with expanded housing choices for people of all ages and incomes. Planners also recommend more public spaces, open spaces and better connections for pedestrians and cyclists, primarily to the shopping center and Metro, but also throughout the community.

Existing single-family neighborhoods would retain their current zoning, but be strengthened by improved community services and better connections. Planners suggest gradual transitions between those neighborhoods and new development.

Glenmont is full of potential. A new grade-separated interchange will be built at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road. The presence of Metro and the Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road corridors that are proposed for bus rapid transit provide multiple transportation options. A stable and attractive residential community with access to parks, schools and a recreation center supplies a built-in base for a revitalized commercial core. With the redevelopment potential of large properties near the Metro, the stage is set to transform the Glenmont community.

On the other hand, challenges remain. The shopping center is split into about a dozen property owners, making redevelopment as a cohesive whole difficult. A Planning Department-commissioned economic study found that commercial and office rents would not be high enough to support redevelopment, because Glenmont currently cannot command market rents comparable to central business districts like Wheaton and Silver Spring. To achieve change, the economic consultant recommended a public-private cost-share.

Planners develop master and sector plans to create a framework for each community designed to last 15 to 20 years. Those plans help policy-makers – such as the Planning Board and County Council – develop land use strategies and decide on proposed development.

WHO:
Montgomery County Planning Board

WHAT:
Consideration of Glenmont Sector Plan Staff Draft

WHEN:
9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 8

WHERE:
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring

Jan 31 12

Planners Invite Glenmont Residents, Business Owners to Visioning Workshop for Upcoming Sector Plan

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING – What to do with the Glenmont Shopping Center and its surroundings? That is one of the questions residents, business owners and those who frequent the Glenmont center will be asked to ponder at a community visioning workshop scheduled for Saturday, February 4.

The workshop represents the first major community outreach activity for the Glenmont Sector Plan, which will evaluate the potential of the Glenmont Shopping Center and its immediate surroundings to become a mixed retail-residential focal point in the community. Planners also want to identify better pedestrian connections to the center and nearby Glenmont Metro station.

At the workshop, participants will break into small groups to discuss what they like about Glenmont, how Glenmont can better take advantage of its Red Line Metro station and other needs beyond the shopping center. They will be aided by professional facilitators and planners provided to the Planning Department under a grant through the Washington Council of Governments.

Spanish interpreters will be available at the meeting.

The planning team will summarize the results of the workshop and present future development scenarios at a follow-up meeting in late February.

As the sector plan update begins, a series of public improvement projects are underway, from a new Metro parking garage under construction along Georgia Avenue to a major interchange improvement at Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road. Another public project will move Fire Station #18 half a mile north on Georgia Avenue next to the new parking garage.

Planners develop master and sector plans to create a framework for each community designed to last 15 to 20 years. Those visions help planners and policy-makers – such as the Planning Board and County Council – develop land use strategies and decide on proposed development.

WHO:
Montgomery County Planning Department

WHAT:
Glenmont Sector Plan community visioning workshop

WHEN:
Saturday, February 4, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

WHERE:
Maryland-National Capital Park Police Headquarters/Saddlebrook
12751 Layhill Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
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Jan 23 12

Montgomery County Planning Board to Consider Scope of Work for Glenmont Sector Plan

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING – To maximize the presence of the Glenmont Metro Station, built in1998, as well as encourage private redevelopment to accompany recent public investments in the community, Montgomery County planners are setting the stage to write an updated sector plan for Glenmont.

On Thursday, the Planning Board will review a scope of work for the Glenmont Sector Plan update, which proposes to evaluate the potential of the Glenmont Shopping Center to become a mixed retail-residential focal point in the community, improve pedestrian connections to the center and between neighborhoods, and help protect environmental features like the nearby Northwest Branch.

Glenmont is seeing changes thanks to public investment, from a new Metro parking garage under construction along Georgia Avenue to a major interchange improvement at Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road. Another public project will move Fire Station #18 half a mile north on Georgia Avenue next to the new parking garage.

The scope of work describes opportunities to build upon Glenmont’s assets. A priority would be improving pedestrian routes to ensure safe travel to and from the Metro and commercial center. Planners also will analyze the need for more community facilities and consider innovative uses for public assets such as the former elementary school site at Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road.

The document also describes strategies for community outreach as planners develop the sector plan, including a series of public workshops where the community will define a vision for the Glenmont Shopping Center and surrounding area. The kick-off event will be held Saturday, February 4. Spanish interpreters will be available at the meeting.

Planners develop master and sector plans to create a framework for each community designed to last 15 to 20 years. Those visions help planners and policy-makers – such as the Planning Board and County Council – develop land use strategies and decide on proposed development.

Download more information about the Glenmont plan, the February workshop and view the draft scope of work.

WHO:
Montgomery County Planning Board

WHAT:
Proposed Glenmont Sector Plan scope of work

WHEN:
Thursday, January 26, approximately 3 p.m.

WHERE:
Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
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