Parkwood Resident's Association: News Update
The next PRA meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18th at 7:30 pm in
the All-Purpose room at KP Elementary School.
Please contact Liz Brennan or Jan Rothman if you have any items that you would
like placed on the agenda.
March 18th Meeting Agenda Items:
- Property Tax Assessments for Westbrook, Clearbrook, Dresden and Greenfield
- Presentation and discussion of 2003 PRA Budget
- Updates: Proposed Bioterrorism Facility at NIH, LCOR Development at White
- Committee Reports
NIH Bio-terrorism Facility Update
Submitted by Kira Lueders,Ph.D.
In response to opposition from surrounding neighborhoods to the proposed
biodefense facility, NIH has agreed to carry out a hazard/risk assessment
study. The results of the study will be reviewed by a task group made up of 3
members of the NIH Community Liaison Council and an NIH official, and I will be
part of this group. The Council now includes a representative from Stone Ridge
School. Additionally a staff member from Rep. Van Hollen's office has attended
recent meetings in response to his interest in this issue. It is difficult to
predict what effect, if any, a negative study result would have on NIH plans,
and it may not be possible to prevent the construction of this facility at the
corner of Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane. However, I will strenuously continue
to oppose NIH plans to use live anthrax in this facility (Building 33).
Dr. Kira Lueders is the Parkwood representative on the NIH Community Liaison
Council. If you have any questions or would like to contact Kira she can be
reached at: email@example.com 301-496-6855
Rockville Pike Traffic Relief
Submitted by Eleanor Rice, Locust Hills Estates
Are you or someone else in your community significantly inconvenienced by the
no left turn between 4-6 on Rockville Pike and Cedar Lane (east)? The Maryland
State Highway Administration wants to give us a left turn, 24/7, but this
involves narrowing the median strip for several hundred feet on Rockville Pike
to create a "holding lane". This can be accomplished this year with
funds already in their budget. We have to identify it as a priority so the
district engineer can take our correspondence or e-mails when he presents
before the new secretary of transportation. If you live in the 18th
legislative district, write or e-mail State Senator Sharon Grosfeld, 9906 Old
Spring Road, Kensington 20895 or e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell her how important this traffic
project is to your daily commute and access to your neighborhood.
CKC Writes to County Executive
Submitted by Liz Brennan
At its January meeting, the Coalition of Kensington Communities (CKC) hosted
newly elected council member from District 5 Tom Perez and Carol Bowis,
Legislative Aide to Council Member Howard Denis, District 1. The purpose of the
meeting was to provide a comprehensive snapshot of the issues of importance to
the residents of the Kensington area.
The CKC is a one-year-old umbrella group comprised of 11 resident/civic
associations in the greater Kensington area. Current participants include:
Byeford -- Rock Creek Highlands, Capital View Park Citizens Association,
Garrett Park Citizens Association, Garrett Park Estates -- White Flint Park
Civic Association, KenGar Residents Association, Kensington Estates Civic
Association, Kensington Heights Citizens Association, Kensington View, Parkwood
Residents Association Rock Hills Citizens Association and Rock Creek Palisades
The group voted to write a letter sharing top priorities to County Executive
Doug Duncan with copies to the Montgomery County Council President and State
Representatives in District 16, 17 and 18. The letter urged Mr. Duncan to focus
on the following issues in the County's FY04 budgets:
Another theme that resonated through-out the neighborhoods was a desire for the
revitilization of the Kensington Business District. Several community leaders
indicated an interest to move more aggressively on the Kensington Concept Plan.
This item was not included in the letter to the Executive as it is primarily
the Town of Kensington's responsibility to advocate on this issue. A copy of
the Kensington Concept Plan is available at the Town Hall. The next meeting of
the CKC is Thursday, March 27th to be hosted by the Rock Creek
- Community Center at the HOC site in Kensington
- Adequate Fire and Rescue Services throughout the County
- Focus on Solving Local Traffic Issues
- Maintain the School Modernization Schedule
Submitted by Chris St. Clair
It is time for the executive committee to recommend a 2003 budget to the PRA
membership. If you or your committee has a need or desire that requires
funding, please make your requests known as soon as possible to one of the PRA
officers so it can be considered in the 2003 budget.
|1/1/2003 account balance
|1/1/2003 cash on hand
|4th qtr expenses: copying and room rental
|2003 Memberships received: 62
|Current account balance
|Cash on hand
|Checks to be deposited
Parkwood Directory Underway
Submitted by Kitty Stone
Many of us have already submitted information to be included in the PRA
neighborhood directory, but there are still many people who haven't been heard
from. The Parkwood Directory can serve as a wonderful resource to make our
neighborhood more cohesive. The more residents listed, the more unified the
Please print the
directory form, fill it out,
and send it to me via email (email@example.com
), fax (301/564-9574), or mail (4313 Clearbrook Lane, Kens. 20895) so we
can be sure to include everyone who wishes to have their complete information
listed -- and that those who do not wish to be listed are not.
If you or anyone you know is interested in advertising in the directory
(scheduled for publication in March), please contact Debbie Zwick at
Wheaton Redevelopment Program Status
Submitted by Marian Fryer
We are on target to start construction in 2003 on a number of projects, geared
to revitalizing Wheaton's urban district. We are looking forward to the
following new developments:
- A fourth anchor store, Macys is scheduled to open in the Westfield
Shoppingtown Wheaton in 2005.
- Target has been open since July and reports sales above projections for
- Giant Food, a full service super market, is under construction, with a
projected opening date in October 2003.
- 325 residential units and garage at Georgia Avenue (near Viers Mill),
construction to begin in mid-April.
- 42 town homes on the old Wheaton Lumber Site at Blueridge & Grandview
Avenues to start mid April.
- Triangle Park, an 8,200 square foot in-fill specialty building at the
former Little Tavern site along Veirs Mill
Road at Reedie and Grandview will begin construction this year.
- Groundbreaking for Metro Air Rights east and west along Georgia Avenue of
175 residential units with parking
and 305 square feet of office/commercial space and 15,000 square feet of retail
with parking. Residential to
break ground in 2003 and office/commercial to break ground in 2004.
- Montgomery Housing Partnership is renovating the 50-year-old Pembridge
Square Apartments a 133-unit
complex adjacent to the urban district.
- Good Counsel Developers, John Laing Homes and Centex Homes plan to develop
up to 201 residential units on
that site after the relocation of Good Counsel in 2005.
- Wheaton Rescue Squad will develop a new operations center and
community/social hall at the corners of
Georgia and Arcola Avenues.
PRA Book Club News
Join in on a lively book discussion with your neighbors. The PRA book club
meets monthly. The next selection is: The Dive From Clausen's Pier by
Ann Packard. The meeting is scheduled for March 30th, 7:30 pm. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen Lockyer
(301-530-8311) if you are interested in participating.
PRA List Serve: Join NOW
In order to provide a constant source of communication for the Parkwood
Community, a listserv (e-mail group) was created. The listserv is open to all
residents of the Parkwood subdivision who have an e-mail address. To subscribe
to the listserv, send a blank message to:
Do not write anything in the subject or body of the message.
You will receive an automated confirmation message when you are subscribed.
(The reply is automated. If you write
anything, it will not be seen by anyone and you will not
get a response to it.)
This communication mode can save the PRA funds if we can
encourage all to participate! Sign on to the listserv and get your neighbor to
do so as well!
Block Captain Report
Submitted by Kathy Byars
We are still in need of block captains for certain areas in Parkwood. The
primary responsibility of a Block Captain is to deliver the newsletter twice a
year, in May and November. In order to save money the PRA only mails the
newsletter twice a year and relies on the Block Captains to hand deliver
the other two times. The following streets are STILL in need of coverage:
Everett, Franklin, Parkwood Drive, Thornwood and Cedar. Contact Kathy Byars at
301-530-9441 if you are interested in helping out.
2003 Membership Renewal -- Annual Dues per household: $10
Please mail or deliver your 2003 PRA membership renewal dues to: Kitty Stone,
4313 Clearbrook Lane, Kensington, MD 20895. (Yes, these go to Kitty, even
though Chris is treasurer.) Please make check payable to:
Parkwood Residents Association. Please print your information below:
Parkwood Resident's Association
4324 Dresden Street
Kensington, Maryland 20895