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 permeable paver parking lot project
On March 4, construction began in the parking lot of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church (CTS). Its purpose is to replace 4,000 square feet of our impervious blacktop with permeable pavers and to tie in two downspouts from our flat roof into the same drainage system. This will prevent thousands of gallons of runoff into our watersheds.
CTS has always been environmentally conscious. Part of our ministry is to be good stewards of our planet. We recycle plastic, glass and paper products, use washable plates, cups and utensils instead of paper ones in our activities, maintain a compose pile and sponsor a yard sale Involving our community. When it became time to replace our blacktop parking lot our Creation Care Team 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 the Chesapeake watershed.
The major work of this project cannot be seen. Underneath the beautiful pavers are layers of dirt, sand, stone and gravel. The permeable pavers are special L-shaped and interlocking. This makes them very strong and durable.
This project is paid for by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust. The funding partner for this award is Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection and the awarded funding is provided through the Montgomery County Water Quality Protection Fund. Christ the Servant has also provided funds as well as volunteer hours. Other partners in this project are Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, the Gaithersburg Public Library and the Montgomery Village Foundation.
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 go to www.chesapeakebaytrust.org.
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 began in June 2020.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Lake Whetstone Dam Toe Drain Replacement
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
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 Roswurm at email@example.com.
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
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 has just begun construction of two model 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. The VIP sales launch will begin in August and the public grand opening is planned for September. 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 2021.
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, 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.