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.
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.
North Creek Pool Renovation
During their regular monthly meeting on July 25, 2019 the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Board of Directors discussed several options for the North Creek Pool and Bathhouse Renovation Project, before authorizing Executive Vice President (EVP) Dave Humpton to negotiate and execute a contract for the pool.
After previous feedback from residents and the Board, staff provided four options of the concept for the Board to consider: 1) the base pool; 2) the base pool with a diving well; 3) the base pool with a heater; and 4) the base pool with a diving well and heater. After hearing additional input during Residents Time, as well as discussion regarding the options, the Board ultimately passed a motion to negotiate and execute the contract on option 2, the base pool with a diving well. The pool and bathhouse will receive major updates, including a 140' ride length water slide, 50 and 25 meter lap lanes, a diving well and an area to secure inflatable pool features.
Through much of 2020, MVF and Schiebel pools have been working to secure permits from Montgomery County to proceed with the demolition and construction of the new pool.Currently, demolition is underway and residents are reminded to stay clear of the constrcution area during the renovation.
Lake Whetstone Dam Toe Drain Replacement
Join Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to learn about the upcoming Lake Whetstone Dam Toe Drain repair project construction. A virtual meeting has been scheduled on Zoom for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16. To register and receive the connection information, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvceiqqTMqGN2bfK0ym6_DgbhE9n_JLDso.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.
Modern earth embankment dams, like the Lake Whetstone Dam, are designed with internal drainage features, or toe drains. Toe drains collect normal water seepage passing through the dam. DEP’s routine maintenance inspection of Lake Whetstone discovered that the corrugated metal toe drain pipes are corroded and in need of replacement. New toe drain pipes will be installed that safely discharge seepage water to the pond outfall downstream.
The project construction will begin around June 2021 on the downstream side of the dam, just west of Montgomery Village Avenue. The project area is near Theater Pond and the amphitheater. During the approximately 6-month project duration, the Lake Whetstone water level will need to be lowered about 4 feet to safely construct the repair. The project is part of Montgomery County’s ongoing commitment to keep our stormwater facilities maintained safely and to protect our local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
For project questions, contact Christy Ciarametaro at Christy.Ciarametaro@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-7720.
Watkins Mill Pool Site Repurposing
by Amy Roswurm
The Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) Department of Recreation and Parks staff have been working to move forward with the reimagining of Watkins Mill Recreation Area. In February 2020, the MVF Board of Directors approved the concept of outdoor fitness equipment on the site. In addition to the fitness equipment, there will be an exercise track installed at the location and the existing playground will be moved to a location closer to the gym equipment. This reimagining of the recreation area will replace the underutilized pool with a year-round fitness amenity open to all residents.
After the MVF Board of Directors approved moving forward with the project, staff began researching various outdoor fitness options for the site. Currently, staff have three options of fitness equipment they would like to share with the community and receive feedback on. Staff believes that all three options would provide a full body workout for users, and that whichever option is chosen will be a unique addition to the community. These options will be presented at a virtual meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 via Zoom.
In addition, to the three designs staff are presenting, there are two additional options being considered to enhance the site. These include lighting and shade structure for the gym area. By lighting the area, users would be able to use the equipment later into the evening hours. Evening hours provide users the ability to avoid the heat of summer by working out during cooler hours, after traditional work hours and after the sun has gone down. Adding shading over the gym area will be able to increase use by keeping users cooler in the summer months and protecting them from the elements. Both of these were not presented in the original concept plan; however, staff believe both of these options will increase use and user satisfaction with the end product.
Please join us virtually on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. to learn about the plan for the Watkins Mill Recreation Area, and to share your feedback on the presented designs and options. Feedback collected at this meeting will be shared with the Recreation Committee to help steer the overall design of the project.
For more information or questions about this project, contact Amy Roswurm at firstname.lastname@example.org. To connect to the meeting, use the link and meeting ID below.
Topic: Community Forum on Watkins Mill
Time: Feb 11, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time
Meeting ID: 952 4933 7846
Pepco Equipment Upgrade
As part of Pepco’s Supply Line Improvement Plan for Montgomery County, 2.25 miles of distribution lines along existing Pepco right-of-way between Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village are being replaced to make the lines more resilient. When completed, the project will benefit customers by providing increased protection to the distribution line in Montgomery County. This improvement will reduce the response time for outages and increase the reliability of the overall system.
The distribution substation supply line improvement plan consists of three elements:
- Vegetation Management
- Installation of remotely managed, motor-operated disconnect switches
- Hardening of assets
More specifically, the project will replace wooden distribution poles with stronger, steel poles. These upgraded poles are more resilient and are also considerably more damage-resistant than wood. This upgrade project, which began in September, will take approximately 9 months to complete with the majority of the work in public spaces and in existing Pepco right-of-way. The project is expected to be completed in May 2021 but is subject to changes/adjustments based on work progress.
Pepco aims to deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy to customers and communities in Maryland and the District of Columbia. The company is committed to managing, maintaining and updating the existing electric system and planning for the future needs of its customers.
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
Demolition of the old Professional Center buildings is just about complete, and Lidl is waiting on the county for permittign for construction.
MVGC Development/Bloom Montgomery Village
Monument Realty, along with Maryland-based Mosaic Realty Partners, Connecticut-based Grandview Partners, and the Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF), announced the start of construction on the first phase of its 494-lot residential development, named Bloom Village, in Montgomery County on June 9. Monument Realty has teamed with Reston-based NVR, Inc. to supply the leading national homebuilder with finish residential lots. Ryan Homes, a division of NVR, will build and market the new homes for sale. Model homes construction is scheduled to start later this year with sales commencing in early 2021.
“Today we celebrate the hard work and commitment of many dedicated people, including residents of Montgomery Village and the leadership at MVF, who invested their time and effort over several years to make our collective vision for Bloom Village come to life,” said Russell Hines, president of Monument Realty. “We are proud to have reimagined the former golf course, which was historically accessible by few, as both a new home for many families and individuals, and a new preserve of open space and recreation to serve the broader community.”
Bloom Village will feature townhomes and single-family homes dispersed throughout the 150-acre site. The project is the result of extensive community engagement led by Monument Realty, working closely with the Montgomery Village Foundation and the local community, over the last seven years. The first phase of this multi-phase project will deliver 177 townhome lots to the east of Montgomery Village Avenue between Stewartown and Arrowhead roads. The overall site includes approximately 4,000 linear feet of the Cabin Branch stream meandering through the property. The stream connects two major Montgomery County park systems and will serve as a central feature for the new residential homes and all of Montgomery Village. When all phases are complete, there will be approximately 90 acres reserved for passive and active recreational use, including community gardens, picnic pavilions, walking paths, a dog park and playground.
“Bloom has been a long time in the planning stages, and we are pleased to see progress,” said MVF Executive Vice President David Humpton. “Bloom Village will bring new residents and yes, new revenues, to MVF, but most importantly will open up the former golf course property to more recreational opportunities for all Village residents to enjoy, and preserves most of the property in conservation areas which will benefit our local wildlife and the environment.”
While this is Monument Realty’s first foray into residential land development, Grandview Partners is a thought-leader in property investing and has extensive experience providing residential infrastructure financing. The Bloom Montgomery Village project has provided Monument Realty the opportunity to continue leveraging its extensive entitlement and development experience into new and creative areas of investment. Monument Realty continues to be an active buyer and developer in the Washington, DC market and is nearing completion of its first ground-up retail development, Riverside Square, a 90,000 SF suburban retail shopping center located on Route 7 in Ashburn, Virginia.
For construction updates during the project, visit www.bloominmv.com/construction.
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.
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
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.