11 July 2013

Looking Ahead and saying Goodbye

At our July 9th meeting WUDAC re-elected the current officers to serve for the upcoming 2013-2014 term. Henriot St. Gerard will return as Chair, Devala Janardan as Vice-Chair, and William Moore as Secretary. The new term will begin with our first meeting on September 10th. There will be no meeting in the month of August.
Unfortunately the end of the current term also meant we had to say goodbye to two of our members, Marian Fryer and Jim Onder after many years of dedicated service. Both stated they would still be involved with WUDAC through their community activities. We wish them well and look forward to their continued input.

Meeting Agenda for Tuesday July 9th, 2013

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Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee
2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902

July 9, 2013

1.   Call to Order, Introductions,
  Approval of Minutes                            St. Gerard            6:00 – 6:05 pm

2.  Election of 2013-2014 WUDAC Officers  St. Gerard            6:05 – 6:20 pm
3.  RSC Director Report                               Van Balen            6:20 – 6:30 pm
      Report of Chair                                       

3.   Report from Council Staff                                                    6:30 – 6:40 pm

4.  Presentation from MBDC                         Sears                    6:40 – 6:50pm

5.  Sub Committee Report                                                         6:50 – 7:00 pm
      a. Economic                                             Sesay
      b. Design                                                  Thompson

6.  2012-2013 Review                                    St. Gerard            7:00 – 7:20pm

7.  Community Concerns                                                            7:20 – 7:30pm

8.   Adjourn                                                                                 7:30 pm

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Meeting Minutes for Tuesday June 11, 2013

Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee
Mid-County Regional Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton MD 20902
Meeting Minutes, Tuesday June 11th, 2013
Members Present: Henriot St. Gerard(Chair), Devala  Janardan(Vice Chair),Tom Stanton, Dan Thompson, Marian Fryer, Jeannette Feldner, Richard Kessler, Nadia Sesay, William Moore
Members Absent: Jim Onder, Luis Bonilla
Staff Present:  Ana Lopez van Balen, Director, Mid-County Regional Center
Guests:  Jay Wilson, CERT.  Fred Lees, Chief, Traffic Engineering Studies. Karen Klein, SCRAPDC
Call to Order: 6:05pm by Chair Henriot St. Gerard followed by member and guest introductions.  A motion to approve the May Meeting Minutes with minor changes was approved
Chair Report:  Henriot thanked everyone for making the Walking Tour a success, and William for the Blog entries and photos.  He reported on feedback that we should have more experts and better voice amplification. He suggested we start implementing ideas presented during tour so that future tours will show tangible progress.  Tom recommended that we file a report to County Council and also thank the council members who attended. Henriot will task Economic subcommittee to do this.
Henriot went on to report that it appeared that attendance at Taste of Wheaton increased over previous years and that many people signed up to receive our newsletter but we had only one comment card returned.  He briefly mentioned an upcoming Redevelopment hearing at the Library on June 12th, a June 24th Library/rec center development meeting to be held at the library and upcoming COSTCO hearings in June and July.
Henriot noted that he had a conversation about the budget with Joe Callaway at the Taste of Wheaton. The Chair felt that we rushed budget deliberations this year and that budget discussions should take place at first meeting in September or at our retreat.
Directors Report: Ana informed the committee that Marian Fryer will be leaving WUDAC and we need a small business representative.
Ana reported that a grant for Fa├žade Improvement was doubled by the County Executive. She also will have more information soon on the solar compactors.
The two new apartment communities, Solaire and The Exchange, have expressed a desire to get involved with the community.
Einstein fireworks will be on July 4th with rain date July 5th.  There will be a shuttle bus at Westfield.
CERT Presentation:  Jay Wilson from the Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team introduced WUDAC to the program and gave a brief history of CERT and then led a discussion on the value of this training and other safety and emergency topics.  This was accompanied by a handout detailing the history of CERT and info on their services and training. WUDAC members also received a brochure on Family Preparedness from the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)
Redevelopment Update:  Fred Lees, Chief of Traffic Engineering Studies, DOT, told the group that he was impressed with the Walking Tour and that he would follow up with transportation issues.  He noted the new Streetscaping project right outside the front door of the Mid-County Center as an example of their work to improve downtown Wheaton and make it more pedestrian friendly.  He then opened up his presentation to questions from WUDAC.
Subcommittee Reports:
Economic:  Nadia Sesay reported on their contacts with Strathmore and Strathmore’s involvement in a public/private partnership in building a new music venue in White Flint.  Tom Stanton has been in contact with their Executive and Marketing Directors and will connect them with Jan Goldstein of Arts on the Block on a possible effort here.
The subcommittee also discussed corporate sponsorship of an A&E District in Wheaton by both direct funding or through reduced rents.  Tom Stanton met MD Del. Craig Zucker on the Walking Tour and discussed an A&E District in Wheaton.  He will follow up with Del. Zucker
Nadia also briefly mentioned that June 4th was the annual Maryland Arts & Entertainment District meeting and was held at the Patterson in the Highland Arts district in Baltimore, an area revived through an A&E focus. This can be a model for the Urban District.
Nadia reported that Devala has been designated the marketing representative for the Economic subcommittee.  The subcommittee discussed how the Urban District businesses can benefit from shared marketing opportunities with the new apartment communities in Wheaton.  Devala will work on inviting apartment representatives to WUDAC with the aim of having a WUDAC marketing packet in the leasing office of each building.  Devala will collaborate with Luis Bonilla on this effort and Ana will meet with Solaire.
Design:  Dan Thompson reported that at the June 3rd meeting the subcommittee discussed the upcoming Taste of Wheaton and members volunteered for time slots to staff the WUDAC booth.  There was much praise from members for the Walking Tour and the presentations made there by members.  The subcommittee discussed how to maintain and encourage community interest in light of the large community turnout at the event.  The subcommittee will work with Urban District staff to develop “tips” for improving storefronts, beautification, greening and lighting.  Members responsible for these areas will use resources to compile a list of low cost ideas incorporated into a handout developed by WUDAC and the Urban District that businesses can use to encourage a walkable Wheaton. Draft “bullets” will be prepared for the next meeting.
Dan also stated the Design subcommittee’s desire to discuss further in full committee the question of WUDAC’s role in the redevelopment process as the process moves toward the selection of a developer before December.
Other business:  Karen Klein from SCRAPDC gave a brief overview of her organization to WUDAC. She described it as a “Goodwill for Artists”.  They are looking for a Maryland location and hope to find a suitable vacancy in the Urban District to sell supplies.
Adjourn:  7:38pm

Meeting Minutes for Tuesday May 14th, 2013

Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee
Mid-County Regional Center, 2424 Reedie Drive, Wheaton MD 20902
Meeting Minutes, Tuesday May 14th, 2013

Members Present:  Henriot St. Gerard(Chair), Devala Janardan(Vice Chair), Marian Fryer, Jim Onder, Tom Stanton, Dan Thompson, Jeannette Feldner, Luis Bonilla, Richard Kessler, William Moore
Members Absent:  Nadia Sesay
Staff Present:  Ana Lopez van Balen, Director Mid-County Regional Center
Guests:  Al Roshdieh, Deputy Director, MC DOT.  Rick Siebert, Chief of Parking Mgmt, MC DOT.  Rob Klein, Manager, Planning and Development DGS.  Adam Fogel, staff to Councilmember Navarro
Call to Order: 6;04pm by Chair Henriot St. Gerard
Motion to approve April Meeting minutes without corrections passed.
Chair Report:  Henriot St. Gerard  briefly touched on his meeting with the Coalition for Smart Growth on the planned Walking Tour of Wheaton.  He also reminded everyone that June 9th is the date for Taste of Wheaton. He announced that the Nighttime Economy Task Force would hold their first meeting on May 20th at the Civic Building in Silver Spring and is open to the public.  Meetings would be held the 3rd Monday of the month with the aim to finish its work within 6 months.
Introductions of Committee members and guests were then made and Henriot handed the floor to Al Roshdieh , Deputy Director, MCDOT for a redevelopment review
Redevelopment Report:  Mr. Roshdieh updated WUDAC on some of the current debate of the County Council regarding redevelopment of the CBD in light of Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett’s recommendation not to include moving DEP and DPS to Wheaton. This was accompanied by a handout detailing a Split Project Option and a Developer Proposal Option.  It was noted by Ana Lopez van Balen that Councilmember Navarro supported and the Council approved a Developer Proposal Option with timelines for performance to move redevelopment forward.
Mr. Roshdieh continued by identifying Lot 34, Lot 13, the Reedie Building, and Park and Planning building at 8787 Georgia Ave as sites for joint development. Proposals would have to address underground parking, an office building, and town square. Developers would have to identify Private development components of Lot 13. Goal is to advertise RFP by June 1st with timelines for submission and evaluation set forth in the RFP.
Rick Siebert stated that they have a track record with Public/Private development.
County Council Report:   Adam Fogel, staff to Councilmember Navarro briefed WUDAC on a PDF advanced by Ms. Navarro that would include firm deadlines and benchmarks that would add certainty to the Developer Proposal Option. This was approved by the Council. He also stated that Councilmember Navarro would recommend to the PHED Committee of the County Council that they add the requests from the Wheaton Urban District to the FY2014 budget .  A straw vote is scheduled for Thursday.
Directors Report: Ana Lopez van Balen announced that the Wheaton Urban District has worked with Green Wheaton and will assume responsibility for the recycling bins.
She also reported that they have found a low cost solution to make the Urban District’s lights Night Sky compliant by adding caps. She briefly mentioned that the County presented designs for a new fire station in Glenmont and repeated the dates of June 1st for the walking tour and June 9th for Taste of Wheaton. She asked for feedback on a WUDAC booth for the Taste and it was decided to go forward with a booth. Ana noted that the Salvadorian Festival will return in August and reminded everyone that the Nighttime Economy Task Force will meet on Monday. There will also be two upcoming public meetings for the Library on June 5th and June 24th.
Subcommittee Reports:
Design:  Discussed walking tour.  Will yield to Henriot’s presentation in light of time constraints
Economic: Devala Janardan reported on a meeting with Green Wheaton and their work on a marketing plan. 
Other Business:
Henriot St. Gerard gave a visual presentation on the proposed route of the Walking Tour and suggested areas for talking points.  A discussion followed. Dan Thompson handed out a draft for a media press release. After discussion, a motion was made and passed to give to Sidney Cooper for media release.
Adjourn: 7:28pm

Presentation Slides from June 25 New Wheaton Library and Recreation Center Meeting

WUDAC has obtained the presentation slides from the June 25 New Wheaton Library and Recreation Center Meeting. It is a very large file (48MB/PDF), but for those ready and able to download, here it is.