Advancing the Pike District

The Pike District Connector begins at Edson Lane at the trailhead for the Bethesda Trolley Trail. The Connector follows Woodglen Drive north, turns left onto Executive Boulevard, and continues north for two blocks until Executive Boulevard transitions to Grand Park Avenue. The Connector extends along Grand Park Avenue through Pike & Rose, and turns left at Prose Street and right on Towne Road before terminating at Montrose Parkway. Four activated hubs are proposed at the following intersections: Montrose Parkway and Towne Road, Banneker Avenue and Grand Park Avenue, Executive Boulevard and Nicholson Lane, and Edson Lane at the entrance to the Bethesda Trolley Trail.Pike District Connector

The Montgomery County Planning Department is partnering with the Friends of White Flint and the Better Block Foundation to temporarily connect the Bethesda Trolley Trail to the Montrose Parkway Trail and activate hubs at key intersections along the way. We’d like to hear from you about what you want to see at these hubs. Complete this short survey to tell us your ideas!

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Background

In 2010, the White Flint Sector Plan was adopted to guide the future development of the White Flint area. The vision for the planning document was to create a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use walkable district served by multiple modes of transportation. The sector plan identified several improvements and potential interventions to achieve this vision, however, work has been incremental and uneven to date.

Now that the plan is ten years old, the Montgomery County Planning Department is revisiting the recommendations from the sector plan by initiating the Advancing the Pike District project. The goals of the project are to:

  • Provide an up-to-date Progress Snapshot: Summarize development patterns and trends to date, and identify challenges inhibiting development around the Metro Station area. Highlight successful planning and development practices and lessons learned since the Sector Plan’s adoption.
  • Implement Vision Zero in White Flint’s Core: Integrate Vision Zero concepts and principles to reduce conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians and create a safe environment for all modes of transportation around the Metro Station area.
  • Position the White Flint Metro Station for success:. Create an urban design framework and common vision that maximizes the Metro site’s potential, advances county goals, and enhances access alternatives to the Metro Station.
  • Create an identity for the Pike District through Placemaking: Host a community placemaking event in coordination with the Better Block Foundation and the Pike District rebranding campaign.

This project is intended to spark further implementation by identifying short-term opportunities for success that can be implemented within the next 2-5 years to further the development of the White Flint area, as well as move forward the sector plan.

Pike District Connector: Community Survey

We want to hear from YOU!  Montgomery Planning, Montgomery Parks, the Montgomery County Department of Transportation and The Better Block Foundation are adding semi-permanent art and street furniture installations along the new Pike District Connector. This Connector is a one-mile bike and pedestrian path linking the Bethesda Trolley Trail and the Montrose Parkway Trail in the summer of 2021. The survey will close May 28, 2021.

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Community Meeting, May 19, 2020

The Montgomery County Planning Department and Friends of White Flint held an online public meeting on May 19. Watch the video on the meeting below.

White Flint Then and Now

Last Updated: May 3, 2021