Annual Meeting a Great Success

Neighbors turned out in force on Monday night for the annual meeting of the Rollingwood Citizens Association. It was a very informative evening, filled with lively interaction with our speakers. Please read on for a brief update.

Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan
Three speakers updated the community on proposed redevelopment of Chevy Chase Lake.

Elza Hisel-McCoy, the Planning Department staff in charge of revising the Chevy Chase Lake Sector Plan, discussed the sector plan review process. A staff recommendation is expected in the coming weeks, followed by Planning Board Review. Ultimately, the Planning Board will make its recommendation to the County Council. There will be opportunity for public participation at each level.

David Lublin, Mayor of the Town of Chevy Chase, spoke as a leader of the Connecticut Avenue Corridor Committee (CACC) — a coalition of 23 civic associations, municipalities, and homeowner groups formed to work on the sector plan. David described how the CACC is working on issues of common concern.

David Smith, President of the Chevy Chase Land Company, and David Kitchens, Principal with the Cooper Carry architectural firm, discussed the Land Company’s design concepts. The proposal calls for 4.3 million square feet of development. This includes 900,000 square feet of commercial space, 200,000 square feet for retail. The concept also includes 3,000 dwelling units and a 150-room hotel. Currently, Chevy Chase Lake has 518,551 square feet of commercial space and 1,319 dwelling units. The Land Company’s full presentation is posted on their website.

Rollingwood “Welcome Signs”
RCA Board President Fritz Hirst led the community in a discussion concerning the concept of designing and installing signs at strategic entrances to Rollingwood that would welcome people to the neighborhood. Fritz reviewed photos showing the prevalence of such signs in the Chevy Chase area and how similar signs could help promote a sense of place and community in Rollingwood. He explained the project could be completed with existing funds. Members in attendance indicated general support for the concept and for taking the next steps, which would include design proposals and additional community outreach. One longtime resident from Rolling Road mentioned that the neighborhood once had a Rollingwood sign on Leland Street at Beach Drive.

Association Business
RCA Treasurer David Putnam reported that RCA’s treasury includes $10,483 in the general fund, and $11,887 in the gypsy moth fund which is held in an interest-earning CD. The association re-elected the following members to the Board: Fritz Hirst, Martha Jones, and Susan Merewitz. Gilda Zimmet was also elected to the Board. Fritz thanked Gaby Gandal for her many years as President, and Pat Moskof for her service on the Board.

RCA will keep you informed on Chevy Chase Lake and the welcome sign project. Please visit our website and contact us with your ideas and issues!

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