21 August 2015

New Wheaton Restaurant - BeClaws Cajun!

Looks like Wheaton is getting a new restaurant to add to it's already diverse array of culinary options! Go to http://www.beclaws.co/ to find out more!

14 April 2015

Agenda, Tuesday April 14, 2015


 

 

Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC)

2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902

Agenda

Tuesday – April 14, 2015 – 6:30pm-8:00pm

 

       I.            Call to order & Introductions                                            6:30pm       

 

   II.            Approval or correction of minutes                                   6:31pm - 6:32pm

 

III.            Community Concerns                                                     6:32pm – 6:40pm

 

IV.            Special Guest – Suzan Jenkins                                          6:40pm – 7:10pm

    Arts and Humanities Council of Mont Co.

 

    V.            Reports of Officers                                                                   7:10pm – 7:30pm

a.      Council Staff Report

b.     Chair - Janardan

c.      RSC Director – Van Balen

d.     Chamber Representative – Moore

e.      MCCAB Report – St. Gerard

f.       CAC for the BRT on Veirs Mill Report - Donegan


VI.            Old Business                                                                             7:30pm - 7:35pm

a.      Wheaton Walking Tour Planning Updates - Thompson

b.     Green Wheaton/WUDAC Update – Haygood

 

VII.            New Business                                                                  7:35pm – 8:00pm

a.      Discussion – Lot 13 Residential Project (Private Component)

b.     Discussion – Lot 13 Town Square and Building (Public Component)

c.      Wheaton Library – How Does the Project Affect the Urban District

d.     Restructure Subcommittee - Janardan

 

VIII.            Adjourn                                                                          8:00pm

Meeting Minutes, Tuesday February 10th, 2015



Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee

Mid-County Regional Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton MD 20902

Meeting Minutes, Tuesday February 10th, 2015

 

Members Present:  Devala Janardan(Chair), Tom Stanton(Vice-Chair), Omar Lazo, Mirza Donegan, William Moore, Leah Haygood, Derry Goberdhansingh, Carlos Perozo, Dan Thompson

Staff Present:  Ana Lopez van Balen, Director, Mid-County Regional Services Center

Guests: Andrew Rollo, Mary Rollo, Mike Smith, residents

               MJ Jornaneh, Wheaton Coalition

               Chris Gillis, Aide to Montgomery County Council President Leventhal

               Adam Fogel, Aide to Councilmember Navarro

               George Leventhal. President, Montgomery County Council

Call to Order:  6:31pm by Chair Devala Janardan.  An introduction of new member Omar Lazo followed.  A motion was made and passed to approve the January meeting minutes without changes

Community Concerns: Mike Smith, resident, requested WUDAC be more aggressive in advocating for A&E funding and for a venue.  Andrew Rollo, resident, mentioned that cars in an intersection get priority and pedestrian crosswalk signals should be automatic without need to press button to activate

Guest Speaker:  Chair Janardan introduced County Council President George Leventhal.  WUDAC members introduced themselves.  After a brief background and update on Council activities, President Leventhal took questions from WUDAC members.  Some areas of concern included the impact of budget deficits on the future Sustainability/Greening plans for Wheaton, the impact of an open Reedie Drive on the proposed Town Square, tax incentives and venues for A&E, and a proposed Transit Authority for Montgomery County.  President Leventhal pointed out that cheaper rent in Wheaton is a great lure for A&E.  He also mentioned the need for Wheaton to market itself and to include Westfield and the Arts and Humanities Council in the discussions.  There will be $90000 in grants for Wheaton A&E released next week.  Mr. Leventhal committed himself to help wherever possible.

Council Staff Report:  Adam Fogel, Aide to Councilmember Nancy Navarro, discussed her efforts to include an Arts and Humanities center for Wheaton in the County budget.  Discussion included possible locations for this.  Adam stated that the goal is sustained investment like that which has occurred in White Flint and Silver Spring.  Adam also handed out a memo from Councilmember Navarro concerning full funding for the Wheaton Library and Rec Center.

Chair Report: Chair Janardan reported on a meeting with the County Executive concerning sidewalks and A&E.  He was accompanied by Vice Chair Tom Stanton.  He also briefly mentioned a budget forum he attended last month

Directors Report:  Ana Lopez van Balen reported on a large turnout at the Budget Forum and noted that the Library came up.  She updated WUDAC on the ongoing work of the SPDC assessments and using the WheatonMD.org website for redevelopment updates.  Lastly she handed out nomination forms for the annual WUDAC awards

W&K Chamber:  William Moore updated WUDAC on Chamber activities and that morning’s chamber board meeting

Old Business:  Chair Devala Janardan led a discussion of planning a Walking Tour.  Concerns centered around the need and timing of this tour. Devala tasked the Character subcommittee to work on this.

New Business:  Leah Haygood handed out a memo developed by the A&E subcommittee about collaboration with GreenWheaton on shared goals

Adjourn:  8:05pm

09 March 2015

Meeting Agenda for Tuesday March 10, 2015. Please note location change: Ana G. Mendez University, Westfield Wheaton 7:30pm


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Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC)

Note Location Change: Ana G. Mendez University - 11006 Veirs Mil Road, Westfield Wheaton, Wheaton, MD 20902


Agenda

Tuesday – March 10, 2015
Start time: at the conclusion of Bozzuto Group's community presentation (approx 7:30pm, Total Meeting Time - 1 hour)

 

  1. Call to order                                                                :00                 

 

  1. Approval or correction of minutes                              :00 - :03         

 

  1. Community Concerns                                                 :03 - :08                                 

 

  1. Reports of Officers                                                     :08 - :26         
    1. Council Staff Report (2 min)
    2. RSC Director (5 min) –Van Balen
    3. Chair (2 min) - Janardan
    4. Community Character Chair (5 min) - Donegan
    5. A&E Chair (2 min) - Stanton
    6. Chamber Representative (2 min) - Moore

 

  1. Old Business                                                                             
    1. WUDAC 2015 Walking Tour
      Further Discussion                                            :26 - :41
    2. Continuation - Possible Green
      Wheaton/WUDAC joint projects (Haygood)                :41 - :50
  2. New Business                                                                        

a.       Increasing Taste of Wheaton
Restaurant Participation                                      :50 - 1:00

 

VII.            Adjourn                                                                           1 hour

 

 

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08 March 2015

WUDAC Agenda Tuesday February 10, 2015


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Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC)

2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902

Agenda

Tuesday – February 10, 2014 – 6:30pm-8:00pm

 

       I.            Call to order & Introductions                                            6:30pm – 6:32pm 

 

   II.            Approval or correction of minutes                                   6:32pm - 6:35pm

 

III.            Community Concerns                                                     6:35pm – 6:40pm

 

IV.            Special Guest – Councilmember George Levanthal          6:40pm – 7:10pm

 

    V.            Reports of Officers                                                                   7:10pm – 7:25pm

 

a.      Council Staff Report

b.     Chair - Janardan

c.      RSC Director – van Balen

d.     Chamber Representative - Moore

 

VI.            Old Business                                                                             7:25pm - 7:55pm

a.      Wheaton Walking Tour Planning and Moving Forward

VII.            New Business                                                                 7:55pm – 8:00pm

a.      Possible WUDAC Collaboration

VIII.            Adjourn                                                                          8:00pm

 

 

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WUDAC Meeting Minutes Tuesday 1-13-15


Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee

Mid-County Regional Center, 2424 Reedie Drive< Wheaton MD 20902

Meeting Minutes, Tuesday January 13, 2015

 

Members Present:  Devala Janardan(Chair), Tom Stanton(Vice-Chair), William Moore, Derry Goberdhansingh, Carlos Perozo, Leah Haygood, Rick Kessler, Dan Thompson

Staff Present:  Ana Lopez van Balen, Director, Mid-County Regional Services Center

Guests:  Andrew Rollo, resident. Randall Spandoni, resident.  Henriot St. Gerard, MCCAB. Laura-Leigh Palmer, resident. Marian Fryer, resident. Richard Madaleno, MD State Senator

 

Call to Order:  6:33pm by Chair Devala Janardan.  A review of the December minutes followed.  A motion was made and passed to approve the minutes without changes

Community Concerns:  Andrew Rollo, resident, asked about status of Westfield movie theater.  The status was unknown.

Marian Fryer requested a copy of the meeting minutes and received it.  It was noted that the Blog had not been updated in some time.  Devala agreed to look into updating it.

Old Business:  A copy of a draft of a letter to the County Executive in support of Westfield in their development negotiations with WMATA was distributed and discussed by WUDAC.  After discussion a motion was made and passed to send the letter as written.

Special Guest: Ana Lopez van Balen introduced Senator Richard Madaleno and this was followed by member and guest introductions.

Richard continued with a brief background on himself and then participated in a question and answer session with WUDAC members. Some topics included the Purple line, budget impacts, and Arts and Entertainment, especially how it relates to Wheaton’s A&E designation.  During the discussion all members weighed in on why they felt the Arts were important to Wheaton.  Frequently mentioned was the need for venues and an identity for Wheaton.

Senator Madaleno then left for another engagement and the discussion continued, led by Chair Janardan.  He stated that the A&E committee needs to follow up on leads presented by Sen. Madaleno, specifically mentioning Hyattsville and Petworth.  A report will be made at our February meeting.  A motion was made and passed to send a thank you letter to Sen. Madaleno.

Directors Report:  Ana Lopez van Balen noted that she has been working with MCCAB on a presentation on Redevelopment plans, including topics of frequently asked questions and assistance for small business, etc.  The Wheaton website will be the voice for this.  She also informed WUDAC that she had met with Latino businesses last week to encourage them to get involved with the Small Business Assessment.

Ana passed out a copy of a letter of support for the NEA “Our Town” grant written by the Wheaton & Kensington Chamber of Commerce.  She believes we have a strong chance to get the grant this year.

Ana briefly spoke of the status of the Library design.  It’s over budget and needs to go back to committee.  Lastly, she brought up that she was working with Westfield on a problem with shopping carts that are leaving the mall and being abandoned in surrounding neighborhoods.

Adjourn:  8:06pm

25 February 2015

New Funding Opportunity to Support the Arts and Humanities in Wheaton, Maryland



The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County Launches a New Grant Category to Fund Artists and Cultural Nonprofits in Wheaton’s Growing Multicultural Arts District.

SILVER SPRING, MD— The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) is pleased to announce the creation of The Wheaton Cultural Grants, a new funding opportunity that will support creative and cultural projects in Wheaton, Maryland. This recently created grant category is funded by the FY15 Budget for Montgomery County which provided over $5.5 Million in funds for local arts and culture, including a special $90,000 allocation for the Wheaton Cultural Grants.

Nonprofit arts and humanities organizations and individual artists and scholars are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for Wheaton cultural projects. To be eligible for these grants, applicants must be based in Montgomery County, MD and proposed projects must take place in Wheaton, Maryland between May 15, 2015 and June 30, 2016. The application deadline for this opportunity is Thursday, April 9th 2015.

“Wheaton Cultural Grants will contribute to the cultural life of the residents of Wheaton through support of cultural projects in all disciplines, genres and styles,” says Suzan Jenkins, AHCMC CEO. “This new funding opportunity helps AHCMC build capacity within Montgomery County’s arts and humanities community and, given the great diversity that we see in Wheaton, also helps advance a very important conversation about inclusion and equity in the arts.”

To help interested parties apply for these new grants, the Arts and Humanities Council will host a free grant preparation workshop on February 26th, 2015. The public may register for this event and view the complete Wheaton Cultural Grants Guidelines, atwww.creativemoco.com.

 
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ABOUT THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Established in 1976, the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County is the County’s designated

For more information on the Wheaton Urban District, visit www.wheatonmd.org.

28 January 2015

Senator Madaleno Visits WUDAC

WUDAC had the honor of hosting Maryland State Senator Richard Madaleno, Jr., at our recent January 13 WUDAC monthly meeting. Specifically, WUDAC had the opportunity to explain to Senator Madaleno about the importance of Wheaton's Arts & Entertainment District designation, and the importance to continue this designation as Wheaton must reapply in 2016. Our thank you letter to Senator Madaleno is available here.

19 January 2015

Meeting Agenda Tuesday January 13th, 2015


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Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee (WUDAC)

2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902

 

Agenda

Tuesday – January 13th, 2015 – 6:30pm-8:00pm

 

       I.            Call to order & Introductions                                            6:30pm – 6:32pm 

 

   II.            Approval or correction of minutes                                   6:32pm - 6:35pm

 

III.            Community Concerns                                                     6:35pm - 6:45pm

 

IV.            Guest Speaker                                                                 6:45pm – 7:15pm

a.      State Senator, Richard Madaleno

 

    V.            Reports of Officers                                                                   7:15pm – 7:40pm

a.      Council Staff Report

b.     RSC Director

c.      Chair

d.     Community Character Chair

e.      A&E Chair

 

VI.            Old Business                                                                             7:40pm - 7:50pm

a.      WUDAC Mid-Year Discussion and 2015 Outlook New Business        

VII.            New Business                                                                 7:50pm – 8:00pm

VIII.            Adjourn                                                                          8:00pm

 

 

 

This information is available in an alternative format by calling 240-777-8104. Sign Language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with notice as far in advance as possible but no less than 72 hours prior to the event. If you need other services or aids to participate in this activity, please call 240-777-8101.