Join us at the Woodside Deli on Friday, February 1st from 5-7:30 pm.
We’ll be there from 5-7:30 pm. Warm up with some friends & neighbors. Learn about efforts to #FixGeorgiaAve. Support a local business. Have a beer (they sell beer and wine!)
Hope to see you there!
Please join the Transportation, Energy, and Environment (TREE) Committee of the Silver Spring Citizen’s Advisory Board (SSCAB) for a presentation and discussionWith Greg Slater, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration, Katie Mencarini, Senior Planner, Montgomery County Planning Department, and Gary Erenrich, Special Assistant to the Director, Montgomery County DOT
Monday, January 28th 7:00 pm
Silver Spring Civic Building
Georgia Ave serves as a gateway to downtown Silver Spring, and the section between the Beltway and 16th Street is one of the most highly-traveled, congested, and unsafe corridors in Maryland. SHA’s Purpose and Need Study reports crashes of all types occur at rates significantly higher than the statewide average for those crash types on similar roads. The current design of the roadway and intersections is both unsafe and unwelcoming to pedestrians and bicyclists, and therefore even with two nearby Metro Stations (Forest Glen and Silver Spring) few dare to walk or bike. The volume of vehicles, minimal pedestrian or bicycle safety measures, lack of greenery, hodgepodge of traffic signage, and overhead clutter make the area ugly and unwelcoming leading to stagnation of the neighborhood retail area and making it hard for businesses to thrive and for redevelopment to occur.
SHA, and Montgomery County Planning, and MCDOT have been working on a redesign of Georgia Ave that would create a pedestrian-scaled streetscape with improved sidewalks, a tree-lined median, and dedicated bike facilities. Efforts to improve traffic flow are also being studied, but within the context of prioritizing safety for all modes. Please come out and hear from Administrator Slater and Senior Planner Mencarini as they present interim- and long-term proposed roadway improvements and discuss the estimated timeline for implementation.
We hope you can join us.
Tired of winter already and want to escape to more tropical climes?
Ever wonder what “mofongo” means?
Pleased to see some pedestrian-friendly action taking place on Dale Drive and want to have a celebratory drink with the crew who’s behind it?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions (and even if you didn’t), please join Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hill’s second First Friday Neighbor Night this Friday, December 7, from 5-7:30 pm at La Casa del Mofongo (9441 Georgia Ave).
Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills will have information about what is happening with Georgia Avenue – including an update on the Planning Department’s preliminary recommendations that will be presented to the public on Tuesday, December 4 (and then to the Planning Board on Thursday, December 6). We will also be able to share our sense of the timing for the study’s conclusion (the expectation is that SHA will announce their preferred alternative by the end of the year). So … lots going on that could affect our neighborhoods & quality of life!
There won’t be presentations – this is just a fun opportunity to connect with neighbors, learn about work to #FixGeorgiaAve, have a beer (and some mofongo), and support a local business. Kids are welcome. We hope to see you there!
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and its 6,500 members and the thousands of people that support improving options for safe and convenient biking, sent SHA Administrator Slater a letter to support complete funding for the Georgia Ave improvements.
You can read the entire letter here: WABA Letter of Support_MD97 Montgomery Hills_Oct 2018
Come join Friends of Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills for the First Friday Neighbor Night at Meleket on November 2 from 5-7:30 pm. You could come to learn more about SHA’s proposed Georgia Ave improvements. But you will want to come for the fabulous food, drinks, and fun.
Our neighborhood has a remarkable opportunity to influence the redesign of a geographic area we all know well: the stretch of Georgia Avenue running through the area officially known as Montgomery Hills. For the first time in a very long time, planners and elected officials want to hear from us: people living in communities along this area. What works? What doesn’t? What needs to be done to improve it? Let’s show them that we care, and that the Georgia Avenue Redesign is a project that merits funding and attention.
Here’s how: join us on Sat. Sept. 29, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., on Columbia Blvd — the stretch running from Seminary Road to 16th Street — for the Montgomery Hills Street Fest.
Please help to make this a success. We need you! Take a look — here’s a link to the Montgomery Hills Street Fest sign up genius. It’ll be a terrific event, and we’d be grateful!