Lou Peck’s exhaustive, meticulously researched article on the Purple Line in the November/December 2014 issue of Bethesda Magazine is fast becoming a basic primer for anyone seeking to understand this complex project. The article documents the Purple Line’s turbulent history (with a timeline that dates back to 1983), the ongoing efforts of opponents to stop the project, and the expected economic and social benefits that have motivated the project’s grassroots proponents for more than 30 years.
The Chevy Chase Land Company is proud to be a corporate sponsor of Montgomery County’s new Bikeshare program. As part of the Land Company’s commitment to transit and sustainable development, we have contributed the funds for the installation of two Bikeshare stations at our properties located at Two Wisconsin Circle and Two Bethesda Metro.
As the only private property owner to sponsor Bikeshare stations in Montgomery County, the Land Company is taking a leadership role in promoting this program because we … Read More »
Recently, after a public hearing, several committee worksessions and two full Council meetings, the Montgomery County Council passed the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan. While the Planning Board has not yet released the final approved and adopted plan, the Council’s resolution approving the plan can be read here.
What does approval of this Sector Plan mean for the future of Chevy Chase Lake?
The Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan makes recommendations for the future transit-oriented, mixed-use redevelopment of certain commercial and multi-family … Read More »
Chevy Chase Lake is surrounded by some of the region’s largest job centers, like downtown Bethesda, downtown Silver Spring, Friendship Heights and Medical Center. Every day, thousands of people come into the area to work by car, by bus and Metro, sometimes from the far edges of the region.
Some might only see this daily influx of workers as a traffic headache. But we see it as a missed opportunity.
The people who work in and around Chevy Chase Lake help make … Read More »
We were pleased to learn yesterday that the Coalition for Smarter Growth, the leading smart growth advocacy group in the region, supports the “very well thought-out and carefully balanced” Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan. The CSG submitted its comments in support of the Plan to the Montgomery County Council, pointing out that the redevelopment of a single-use, asphalt covered strip mall into a walkable, bike-friendly mixed-use community reduces vehicle trips, improves the environment, and increases the supply of both market-rate … Read More »
I am honored to have been selected by County Executive Leggett to participate in the County’s Nighttime Economy Task Force (NETF). Focusing on Bethesda, Silver Spring, Rockville, Wheaton and Germantown, the NETF will study ways to enhance and promote the music, theater, bar and dining options in these areas. By encouraging safe and vibrant “hospitality zones,” we can keep more entertainment dollars in Montgomery County, rather than having them spent overwhelmingly in Washington, D.C. We also want to encourage young professionals to live in Montgomery County’s urban, … Read More »
The Maryland Transit Administration is holding a series of Open Houses in May focused on the Purple Line. On May 14, they’ll be holding one at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School from 5-8 p.m. Come hear about project updates, next steps, and the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
In an article defending the height of a proposed mixed-use project in Arlington, Greater Greater Washington’s Ryan Arnold recently made this important and compelling point:
The Washington region has folks who commute to DC from as far as West Virginia. Their daily journey illustrates a variety of serious problems we say we care about: affordable housing, suburban sprawl, oil consumption, high emissions, and traffic. When a commercial landowner seeks to add significant housing to a single-use site, they’re offering an opportunity to … Read More »
Below is a link to the Land Company’s redevelopment proposal for Chevy Chase Lake, as submitted to the Montgomery County Council on March 5, 2013.
Chevy Chase Land Company Submission to the Montgomery County Council on the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan
Markets work with housing much as they do with any other commodity: limited supply results in higher prices. Here in the DC Metro area, we have some of the highest housing costs in the country. Yet according to a 2011 study by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis, local jurisdictions aren’t planning for a sufficient number of residential units to house the estimated one million new workers expected by 2030. In Montgomery County, we expect to need about … Read More »
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