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.
Proposed North Creek Stream Valley Restoration
The Montgomery Village Foundation (MVF) has been approached by GreenVest, LLC, an environmental development and consulting firm specializing in ecological restoration, mitigation services and sustainable land planning, to undertake a stream restoration project in the North Creek Stream Valley behind North Creek Lake. The North Creek Stream Valley has many areas with significant erosion and degradation.
The proposed project, if accepted, could be fully funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration, and GreenVest would manage and perform the work. GreenVest would also purchase a conservation easement for the work areas from MVF, with the easement being transferred to the state at the conclusion of the project.
Representatives from GreenVest made a presentation regarding the proposed project at a Zoom meeting on November 17.
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 worked to secure permits from Montgomery County to proceed with the demolition and construction of the new pool. Currently, construction is underway and residents are reminded to stay clear of the construction area during the renovation.
Montgomery Village Avenue Water Main Replacement
In a public meeting on October 26, representatives from WSSC Water relayed they will be preforming a water main replacement project along Montgomery Village Avenue that will last approximately 2 years. This is part of WSSC Water’s current mission to strategically replace and rehabilitate again water and sewer infrastructure in the service area, enhancing service and reliability to their customers.
The pipes to be replaced span .97 miles along Montgomery Village Avenue from Midcounty Highway to Centerway Road, and include entrances to Lake Shore Drive, Stedwick Road, Whetstone Drive and Centerway Road. The current pipes were installed in the 1960s and are nearing their end-of-life cycle. Replacing these pipes will help reduce future disruptions from water main breaks. The new ductile iron pipes have a corrosion protection which provides a life expectancy of 100 years on the new installation.
The project is expected to begin in January 2022 and is anticipated to be complete in January 2024. All work will be performed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. with road lane closures between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. In the event that both lanes on the southbound side of Montgomery Village Avenue are closed, traffic will be routed in both directions on the opposite northbound side. Its is estimated that 200 to 300 feet or less of roadway will be closed at any given time.
Within the scope of the project are the installation of new water mains and new service lines up to the property line. Residences may experience water shut offs up to 8 hours; advanced notice (48 to 72 hours) will be given to affected property owners. WSSC Water noted that reliable water and sewer service will be maintained during construction, and property owners will always have access to their properties. Interior home access and access to private property are not required for this work. Parking restrictions may be put in place in a work area during any given day; advance notice will also be provided for these disruptions.
For more information, contact WSSC Water Design Project Manager Ling Li at 301-206-8745 or e-mail Ling.Li@wsscwater.com. To view the meeting presentation, visit www.wsscwater.com/sites/default/files/2021-10/Montgomery%20Village%20Ave%20WMR_BT6496A18_Community%20Meeting.pdf.
Lake Whetstone Dam Toe Drain Replacement
Currently, Lake Whetstone water levels are about 2 feet below the normal level. Recent rainfall has helped to bring the water levels up about 1 to 2 feet, and the lake is starting to look closer to normal. The lake will likely remain close to this level until more rain is in the forecast. Once the water reaches the normal level, the pond valve that is letting baseflow continue downstream will be closed and the lake flows will continue as normal through the riser control structure.
Montgomery County DEP has reported the installation of the new toe drain is complete and the contractor is working to restore the dam embankment to meet compaction and soil specification requirements. The county anticipates the majority of the large equipment and earth moving activities will be completed over the next several weeks.
Once the levels have returned to normal, a date will be scheduled for the contractor to remove the orange fencing around the lake.
For project questions, contact Christy Ciarametaro at Christy.Ciarametaro@montgomerycountymd.gov or 240-777-7720, or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/water/restoration/Lake-whetstone-dam-toe-drain-repair.html.
Watkins Mill Pool Site Repurposing
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.
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.
For more information or questions about this project, contact Amy Potocko at 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
Construction on the Lidl bilding is underway! Stay tuned for important updates.
MVGC Development/Bloom Montgomery Village
Monument Realty is happy to announce that Ryan Homes is constructing homes for the first phase of Bloom MV. The model homes will be located just off Montgomery Village Avenue, on the new Tall Oaks Road. Model home tours are available by appointment. The first new Bloom MV homeowners are expected to move into this new community by the end of this year. Sizes, prices and layouts are not currently available, but interested residents should e-mail DCMDTeam@ryanhomes.com to be added to an interest list.
Construction is ongoing in Areas 4 and 5, with the construction team working on water and sewer installation, final grading and street installation. Over the coming months, the community can expect to see the installation of Tall Oaks Road from Montgomery Village Avenue to Arrowhead Road, and the construction of the first new homes along that road. In Area 5, Green Village Drive will be installed off Stewartown Road and the first new homes along that road should be under construction by the fall.
Site development work on phase two will begin next, with Area 1 (118 townhomes), Area 3B (19 single-family detached homes) and the new park all expected to start construction this summer. Delivery of the new park is still anticipated by the end of 2022.
The stream restoration planning to enhance the open space area and improve the health of the stream valley is continuing. RES, a national ecosystem restoration and water resource expert, continues to work with the State Highway Administration (SHA) and the county on design and permitting for the stream restoration work, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. In the meantime, some afforestation will take place in the stream valley park in advance of the stream restoration. By the end of the project, over 2,800 new trees (and additional shrubs and plantings) will have been added.
Lastly, the final site plan amendment for Areas 2, 3A and 6A will be submitted in Fall 2021. Construction on these areas is expected to begin in the second half of 2022.
Monument Realty extends their gratitude to the community for the continued support, patience and interest in the project as it finally takes shape. For more information or questions, call 202-777-2000 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, 2016 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.