Friends of White Flint Asks: What Makes The Suburbs Hip?


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The Friends of White Flint, a nonprofit supporter of redevelopment in the White Flint section of North Bethesda, is asking community members for their ideas about "making the suburbs hip." In the next decade, White Flint's traditional suburban strip malls will undergo vast changes. Massive mixed-use residential and commercial developments with town centers, pedestrian-friendly streets and all the amenities one expects in an urban center will be built under the framework of the 2010 White Flint Sector Plan. Mid-Pike Plaza and its large surface parking lot will be gone, replaced by a new batch of high rise and mid rise apartments with ground floor retail and a luxury movie theater. White Flint Mall will be torn down and replaced by a similar concept. Projects near the White Flint Metro station and upgrades to the already completed North Bethesda Market will mean development in all corners of the area. All told, the changes could bring a predicted 14,000 housing units and 13 million square feet of development. Friends of White Flint wants to hear people's thoughts about those changes ahead at a happy hour on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the Seasons 52 restaurant (11414 Rockville Pike). The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and will feature Councilmembers Hans Riemer (D-At large) of Silver Spring and Roger Berliner (D-Bethesda-Potomac). For more information, visit the Friends of White Flint website.

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