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Updates re: Proposed Redevelopment at The Collection Chevy Chase
(Chevy Chase Center)

Proposed Letter to the Planning Board from the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers

Following the information meeting held in the Village Hall on May 2, 2016, Village staff, including the police Chief and Village Manager, members of the Village Board and Village Counsel, continued their discussions with representatives for the Chevy Chase Land Company, owners of “The Collection Chevy Chase” (formerly referred to as Chevy Chase Center) regarding the proposed redevelopment of the shopping center and the surrounding streets. Additionally, Village representatives met with Planning Staff in early June to discuss their review of the proposed plans and the Village’s concerns with aspects of the plan relating to driver and pedestrian safety.

In response to these discussions, the Land Company has amended their redevelopment plans. Many of the revisions are in direct response to concerns raised by Village residents both at the May 2 community meeting and in response to the subsequent questionnaire circulated by the Village to our residents (a summary of the responses to the questionnaire were provided to Land Company officials). Below is a summary of the revisions to the proposed plans, which were submitted to the Planning Board staff on June 15, 2016 and July 20, 2016:

  • Grocery Store:
    • The Land Company has withdrawn its request for removal of the site condition requiring a grocery store with a minimum square footage of 30,000 be maintained on the property.
    • An opening is proposed in the median along the driveway as you enter the property from Western Avenue to allow drivers to directly access the Kiss & Ride/Giant parking lot located to the east of the Giant.
  • Wisconsin Circle:
    • The Land Company has presented an option to cut into the section of sidewalk on Wisconsin Circle located between Western Avenue and the entrance to the underground parking garage to provide four public parking spaces. The sidewalk’s width in this section would be reduced by approximately twelve feet. The remaining sidewalk would be eight feet in width, which complies with Americans with Disabilities standards.
    • The earlier proposal to extend the curb for the proposed pedestrian crossing (immediately west of the entrance to the underground parking garage) has been eliminated at the request of fire-rescue officials, which require a minimum roadway width of twenty feet for emergency vehicle access.
    • The existing three taxi cab parking spaces will be maintained in (approximately) their current location along the westbound curb, immediately west of the proposed pedestrian crossing. No additional taxi stand will be designated along the eastbound side of the circle (on the bus terminal side).
    • Two public parking spaces are shown to the west of the taxi cab spaces. These spaces do not extend beyond the break in the center median (approximately 98 feet from the travel lane along Wisconsin Avenue). Parking in these spaces would only be permitted during off-peak (non-rush hours).
  • Internal to the Property:
    • At the Village’s request, the Land Company has agreed to install speed humps internal to the property to reduce vehicle speeds and enhance pedestrian safety. Originally, the Land Company proposed two new raised crosswalks to serve as speed humps along the interior street that is closest to the Buffer. The Village insisted that an additional speed hump, located closer to the crosswalk, was needed as you approach Montgomery Street. The Land Company agreed and revised the plans to include the third requested speed hump. The location of the third speed hump will be shifted approximately fifty feet south of this crosswalk, which the Land Company has agreed to.
    • A new ramp along the east side of the proposed plaza area to allow easy access for strollers and wheelchairs from the upper surface parking deck to the lower interior street has been proposed.
    • Passenger drop-off area in front of Clyde’s restaurant (approximately two car lengths).
    • Removal of the parking gates at the entry/exit off of Western Avenue.
  • Montgomery Street:
    • The sidewalk surrounding the proposed roundabout will be raised, effectively serving as an additional speed hump as you enter and exit the property (as well as the Saks parking lot). This will force drivers to slow down and by raising the sidewalk’s level, pedestrians will be easier for drivers to see.
    • The proposed roundabout would bring the sidewalk that encircles the roundabout deeper into the property (i.e., farther south) by approximately thirty-five feet. This will improve pedestrian access to and from the Buffer and reduce the risk of vehicular and pedestrian accidents as this heavily-used pedestrian access point between the Village and the shopping center.

The Planning Board hearing to consider and take action on the proposed plans has been scheduled for Thursday, September 8. Ahead of the hearing, Planning Board staff will issue its report containing its recommendations, which is scheduled to be released on Monday, August 29. The Planning Board staff begin drafting their report toward the end of July. The Village Board intends to submit a statement to the Planning Staff before Monday, August 15 so the Village’s statement can be included in the Planning Staff’s report to the Planning Board.

Residents may submit their written comments to the lead Planning Board staffer, Ms. Stephanie Dickel at, or to Planning Board Chair Mr. Casey Anderson at Residents are encouraged to submit their comments by Friday, July 29. These comments will help to inform the Planning Board Staff’s report. Written comments will continue to be accepted through the hearing date on September 8. The hearing will be held in the afternoon.

Residents are also encouraged to provide their comments, questions and concerns to the Village Manager, Ms. Shana Davis-Cook, at

National Night Out Flyer - August 2, 2016

Daytime Theft Trend Identified

Residents are asked to be vigilant and call police right away

Over the past 2 weeks, the Chevy Chase Village Police Department has seen a pattern of petty thefts occurring during the daytime on weekdays.  The chronology follows:

  • Friday, July 15 10:30am-10:45am: A construction worker’s wallet was stolen from his unlocked truck parked on Hesketh Street between Kirkside and Wisconsin.  No suspect was seen.

  • Tuesday, July 19:  At about 11:30 a.m., a resident called Village police and reported that, one hour before he called, he saw a young man walking west in the 4000 block of Oliver Street.  The resident reported that the young man that he had seen one hour prior was the same young man that the resident had seen on Friday, July 15 at about noon opening car doors on Park Street near Oliver Street.  Unfortunately, the resident had not called the police on Friday, July 15.  The suspicious young man was already gone when police were called on July 19.  The resident described the suspicious person and a young black male, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.  He was wearing headphones and carrying a cell phone in his hand. 

  • Tuesday, July 19 at 12:05 p.m:. A construction worker in the unit block of Hesketh Street reported that a battery for a power tool was stolen from his truck between noon and 12:05 p.m.; he had stepped away from his truck for only 5 minutes.  No suspect was seen.

  • Tuesday, July 26 at 12:25 p.m.:  A construction worker at a job site in the 4000 block of Oliver Street discovered his wallet stolen from his truck.  The theft occurred between noon and 12:25 p.m.  No suspect was seen.

  • Thursday, July 28 at 12:20 p.m.: ,Sgt. Tiedemann of the Village Police Department spotted a young man sitting on the front steps of a home in the 3900 block of Oliver Street.  The young man was black, slender, about 20 years old and was wearing a purple shirt and plaid shorts, and he had ‘corn rows’ (rows of tight twists) in his hair.  The man had a bright red motor scooter parked adjacent to the front steps, and there were 6 recently-delivered packages on the porch within reach of the young man.  The sergeant made a U-turn to speak to the young man, but he quickly jumped onto his motor scooter and rode quickly across Western Avenue into DC.  Three doors away, Sergeant Tiedemann discovered an empty Amazon delivery box addressed to a resident from Grove Street.  He also discovered two discarded Amazon boxes addressed to Bethesda residents.  The Grove Street and the Bethesda addressees confirmed that the packages had been stolen.  Interestingly, all 3 recovered stolen packages had been delivered to the homes between 11:00 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. that same day.

  • Friday, July 29 at 10:20 a.m.:  A landscaper stepped away from his truck for 10 minutes and discovered that an iPhone and an iPad had been stolen from his truck.  Using location software, the victim could see that his devices were near the intersection of River Road and Western Avenue.  A County police officer responded to the area of River and Western and spotted a slender black male on a grey scooter carrying Amazon and UPS packages.  The officer attempted to stop the young man on the scooter, but he fled from the officer and was last seen crossing into DC near Western Avenue and 41st Street.
 Please do the following:
  1. Be vigilant.  Call the police immediately if you see a person matching the descriptions given above, or if you see anyone or anything that strikes you as unusual or suspicious.

  2. It takes very little time for someone to open an unlocked car door and take small items.  Please help us prevent these crimes of opportunity by simply locking your car every time you park your car. 

Notice of Special Board Meeting - Proposed Site Amendments at The Collection Chevy Chase

The Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers will convene a Special Meeting on
Monday, August 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. Chevy Chase Village Hall 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

The purpose of this Special Meeting is for the Board to consider the Village’s final position statement to be submitted to the Montgomery County Planning Board regarding the revised redevelopment plans for The Collection Chevy Chase (formerly referred to as Chevy Chase Center). A draft of the Board’s position statement will be posted to the Village’s website prior to the meeting and comments by residents on the statement will be considered prior to the Board’s vote.

The Planning Board is scheduled to hold its Public Hearing to review and take action on the proposed site amendments the afternoon of Thursday, September 8, 2016. The hearing will be held at the M-NCPPC Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, 20910. The Planning Staff will issue its report by the end of August.

For more information, contact Village Manager Shana Davis-Cook, at (301) 654-7300 or
WMATA Surge Map

Red Line Passengers Urged to Seek Alternatives During SafeTrack Surges in August

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) first surges to affect the Red Line begin next week: Surge #6 takes place August 1 through 7 and Surge #7 will be in effect August 9 to 18. These surges, and especially Surge #6, are expected to cause major delays on the entire Red Line -- the Metrorail system’s busiest line. Metro is urging commuters to find alternatives, particularly during weekday, peak travel hours.

Note: During Surges 6 and 7, Montgomery County’s 311 Call Center is extending its hours to assist commuters and will operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

What is MCDOT Doing to Help Travelers?
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is assisting travelers during SafeTrack as outlined below.
For Riders:
  • MCDOT is extending peak-hour service on its free shuttles to 4 ½ hours in both the morning and afternoon to encourage commuters to travel before 7 a.m. or after 9 a.m. and before 4 p.m. or after 6 p.m.
  • For Surge #6: Provide free Ride On “Red Line Shuttles” between the Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten Metrorail stations and the Grosvenor--Strathmore, Medical Center, Bethesda and Friendship Heights stations weekdays every 10 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. MCDOT is extending peak-hour service to 4 ½ hours in both the morning and afternoon.
  • For Surge #7: Provide free Ride On “Red Line Shuttles” between the Grosvenor-Strathmore station and Montgomery College via I-270 weekdays every 10 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. MCDOT is extending peak-hour service to 4 ½ hours in both the morning and afternoon.
  • For Surge #7: Provide enhanced Ride On Route 46 bus service (which operates between Montgomery College-Rockville and Medical Center), increasing frequency between Grosvenor-Strathmore and Rockville via White Flint and Twinbrook stations to every 10 minutes during peak travel times.
  • Work with the Maryland Transit Administration to provide more MARC train cars on the Brunswick Line, sell tickets on some station platforms and provide tickets to MCDOT to sell at its TRiPS store in Silver Spring, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Provide commuter services assistance, including telework, alternate work schedules, carpooling, vanpooling and use of car-sharing.
  • Post bike route “SafeTrack Detour” signs at station entrances to connect West Hyattsville on the Green Line, with the Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton and Glenmont stations.
  • Co-sponsor “Learn the Route” free, guided bike rides in advance of each SafeTrack surge.
  • Create an interactive map of Park and Ride Lot options.
  • Coordinate with Montgomery County Police to provide traffic control to improve bus operations at the Silver Spring Transit Center and other key locations.
  • Offer free Bikeshare memberships, training and helmets to qualified, low income residents through the MC Liberty program.
For Drivers:
  • Monitor traffic flow and adjust traffic signals in areas most affected by SafeTrack to improve bus operations and traffic flow.
  • Suspend MCDOT road repair projects along key commuter routes affected by surges.
  • Request that the Maryland State Highway Administration restrict lane closures and construction projects along key routes affected by surges.
  • Prohibit metered parking along MD 355, MD 97 and US 29 corridors to improve bus operations and traffic flow.
Educate Travelers:
  • Provide Ride On staff at affected Metro stations to assist passengers, direct them to shuttles and distribute information.
  • Hold “pop-up” events at Metrorail stations to educate passengers about upcoming surges.
  • Post interior and exterior Ride On bus and bus shelter ads.
  • Display informational posters at all Transit Centers.
  • Use social and traditional media to communicate with customers and the public.
  • Promote the Fare Share commuter benefits matching program in Transportation Management Districts and to major employers.
Critical Information About SafeTrack Surge #6 - August 1 - 7
  • This Surge affects the second highest number of passengers of all WMATA surges.
  • Continuous single tracking between Takoma and Silver Spring will result in major disruptions throughout the entire Red Line.
  • The number of trains running between Glenmont and Silver Spring will be cut in half; one quarter of the trains between Silver Spring and NoMa will be available; and service between NoMa and Grosvenor-Strathmore will be cut by a quarter.
  • Anticipate significant Metrorail delays that could add an hour each way to commutes.
  • Red Line passengers are urged to seek alternate transportation, telework or ride at off-peak hours.
What to Expect on Metrorail During Surge #6
On weekdays
  • Between Shady Grove and NoMa, Red Line trains will run every six minutes during peak periods and every 12 minutes during midday and evenings.
  • Between Glenmont and Grosvenor-Strathmore, Red Line trains will run every 12 minutes.
  • After 10 p.m., trains will run every 15 minutes.
On weekends
  • Train frequencies may vary.
Critical Information About SafeTrack Surge #7, August 9-18
  • Red Line passengers are encouraged to avoid Shady Grove and Rockville stations.
  • Continuous single tracking between Shady Grove and Rockville means only one-third of the regular service will be available during peak hours.
  • Red Line passengers on the west side of the Red Line are urged to seek alternate transportation, telework or ride at off-peak hours.
What to Expect on Metrorail During Surge #7
  • Red Line trains will serve Shady Grove and Rockville every 18 minutes, rather than every six minutes during peak periods.
  • Other Red Line trains will have nearly normal service.
Montgomery County 311 Extends Hours to Assist Commuters During Metro's SafeTrack Surges #6 and #7

MC311, Montgomery County’s informational call center, will temporarily be open an additional two hours each weekday during Metro’s SafeTrack Surges #6 and #7. From Monday, August 1 through Thursday, August 18, representatives will be available from 6 AM to 8 PM, Monday through Friday, to help commuters navigate the changes in Metro’s mass transit schedules.
  • Surge #6, August 1-7: Red Line trains will continuously single track in both directions between the Tacoma and Silver Spring stations causing major disruptions throughout the entire Red Line.
  • Surge #7, August 9-18: Red Line trains will continuously single track between the Twinbrook and Shady Grove Stations. With only one third of regular service available during peak hours, commuters are urged to find alternatives.
  • Learn more about both Surge #6 and #7 at:
MC311 representatives will be able to answer commuters’ questions about the additional resources and alternatives that MCDOT is providing during the surges, to include the availability of free Ride On “Red Line Shuttles.”

On Friday, August 19, MC311 will resume its normal 7 AM to 7 PM weekday call-taking schedule.

For County information requests, residents can reach MC311 in the County by calling 3-1-1 or 240-777-0311 from anywhere. The MC311 website,, is always available to the public 24/7 for online service requests. You can also tweet MC311 @311MC311.

New Village Website Launched

The Village is proud to launch its new website at:

The new website, developed together with a contracted website developer and feedback received from the Board, residents and staff, is designed to be more user-friendly and chock-full of information.  The new website features a mobile-friendly display, online service requests and tracking, and the ability to submit permits and Hall reservations online with the option to pay for those fees via a credit card.  Lastly, the site features a more responsive content search engine, making it easier for visitors to find the information they really need.

The new site integrates much improved blast email and social media functions by allowing residents to customize the types, frequency and methods (email and/or text) that you receive updates and information from the Village office.

Residents are encouraged to visit the new web site and provide staff with your feedback by emailing the Village office at
We hope residents enjoy the new website and find it to be a useful resource.  Future issues of the Crier will highlight the new and improved website content and functions. 
We hope residents enjoy the new website and find it to be a useful resource.

2016 Resident Directories Now Available

The new 2016 Resident Directories are available for pick-up at the Village office; limit one per household, please.

Residents can now view directory listings on the Village's website. by clicking here

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