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School Overcrowding, White Flint, Self-Storage On The Agenda

By Aaron Kraut

Thursday - 4/4/2013, 9:53am  ET

School overcrowding will be the topic at a meeting on Monday, April 8 The future of the old Yacht Club of Bethesda space will be on the agenda on Friday, April 12 The first meeting of the White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee is on Tuesday morning Road utility work is on the agenda for Monday, April 15

A busy slate of community meetings next week will touch on school overcrowding, White Flint development and one hotel’s pitch for a self-storage facility in Woodmont Triangle.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8, a committee of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board will hear from Bruce Crispell, director of long range planning for Montgomery County Public Schools, on enrollments trends at local schools.

With a growing enrollment, especially at the elementary school level in the Bethesda-Chevy Chase cluster, many parents are concerned with additional students who might come from new development. Some also have questioned the procedures which Crispell and his staff use to project additional enrollment.

MCPS is hoping for a an addition project at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School that would be ready by 2017. Crispell projects the school will be 600 students over its current capacity by 2018. Walter Johnson and Walt Whitman High Schools are also at or projected to go over their enrollment capacities.

The meeting will take place at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane).

The next morning, at 8 a.m. on April 9, is the first meeting for the newly formed White Flint Downtown Advisory Committee, which is charged with advising county policymakers on any issues that might arise while the White Flint section of Rockville Pike is redeveloped. That meeting will take place at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center (5701 Marinelli Rd.)

At 8 a.m. on Friday, April 12, the Woodmont Triangle Action Group will meet to again discuss a proposal from the owner of the DoubleTree Bethesda hotel to convert the old Yacht Club space on Woodmont Avenue into a self-storage facility that could be reserved for residents of downtown apartments. That meeting will take place at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center.

Finally, at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 15, the full Western Montgomery Citizens Advisory Board will meet to discuss a tentative agenda that includes an update on the county’s implementation of Capital Bikeshare and roadwork coordination between utilities and the county. That meeting is also at the Regional Services Center.

Check the Regional Services Center website for more information and a full schedule of events.

All meetings are open to the public.