Dear Huntington Terrace Neighbors,
In recent years, many of us have noticed the increase of rainwater runoff on our roads and sidewalks. Recent construction at Suburban Hospital (SH) has exacerbated the problem. With construction drawing to a close we will need to observe whether the water management systems mandated by the county and implemented by the hospital adequately deal with runoff from the hospital property. We would need clear evidence and careful analysis of problems in order to approach the county with requests for remedies to be considered.
At this time, however, we do want to approach the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to make a case that there are measures the county can take to ameliorate our runoff problems.
During the storm on May 23, I drove around the neighborhood to assess where the most severe problems are occurring. Roosevelt Street between Grant and Jefferson appears to be the worst. Water from SH, McKinley, and Grant run into and then down Roosevelt to storm drains at Jefferson. The water in the street was well over my ankles as I walked to the car. A storm drain on Roosevelt at the bottom of Grant would help reduce the amount of water further down the street.
Another problem area is the intersection of Grant and Southwick where waters flowing north on Grant and west on Southwick (some from SH) meet. A storm drain at this intersection, perhaps at the southeast corner, would reduce the ponding of water and the flow continuing west on Southwick.
Some of you may be aware of other runoff problems that were not apparent to me during my brief drive through the neighborhood. To assist our ability to present a comprehensive picture to DEP, please inform us of issues that affect you and might be addressed by work on roads, sidewalks and drains. Also, please let the board know whether you would be willing to make a statement or sign a petition in support of our case that action needs to be taken.
HTCA Board Member
This spring, the MDDOT restarted and expanded a previously proposed program to build new sidewalks along McKinley Street, Bradmoor and several other streets in the BNA neighborhood. Construction of these new sidewalks will result in the loss of over 40 trees and other landscaping program wide, including four large trees in a single block of McKinley Street. The trees to be cut down by MDDOT within the HTCA segment of the program include a 150’ Spruce and a valuable rare Japanese Maple as well as two very large River Birches. These trees are along McKinley Street side of 8510 Garfield Street. Loss of these trees will negatively impact the character of our neighborhood, cause unnecessary damage to the environment, both air and water, and could negatively impact property values.
The prior program was reviewed by the HTCA membership in a routine meeting last fall and it was determined that because there are existing safe paved routes through and around the neighborhood already in existence, there was no need for this new segment of sidewalk. It was further determined that the negative environmental impact from the loss of these trees was highly undesirable in inconsistent with HTCA’s desire to have a quiet, wooded neighborhood, protect the environment and endeavor to protect and improve property values. Following a discussion of the various pros and cons of the proposed program the attendees voted unanimously to oppose the segment of the proposed project within the HTCA boundary, based on lack of need and associated negative environmental impact.
In addition, separately over 23 HTCA neighbors signed a petition to oppose the program. However, when MDDOT restarted the program under a new project number this spring, all comments and input submitted in response to the prior project were discarded by MDDOT. HTCA did resubmit its formal opposition to the new program. However, likely many residents have not been aware of the need to resubmit comments and DOT has advised the volume of comments on the new program are substantially fewer than before.
Although the formal due date for written comments has passed, MDDOT will still accept written input and anyone who has not submitted comments regarding the new program are strongly encouraged to do so. In addition, a public hearing will be held sometime in October and all residents and interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend and submit their comments. The date and location of this hearing will be circulated as soon as it is known. All interested HTCA residents are encouraged to attend and make their desires and opinions known regarding this program this will materially change the character of our neighborhood.
MDDOT can be reached at:
Any questions or comments may also be submitted to:
8510 Garfield street
We are excited to announce a fun way to kick off the summer. The Huntington Terrace Citizens Association presents a Memorial Day Weekend Celebration on Sunday, May 26, from 12-2PM. We will set up the food, fun, games, and party at Lincoln street between Jefferson and Garfield. Please bring a side dish to share or a dessert. Or just come as you are!
Please use this link below to indicate what you would like to bring to share with neighbors or sign up to coordinate a game.
My wife grew up in the neighborhood and we are happy to have settled down here. Some of her best childhood memories are the fun neighborhood gatherings that defined summer, special holidays and a sense of community. We are excited to see all of our neighbors, including friends and family. Bring your party hats!
A huge thank you to our event coordinators:
Come one, come all!
With Spring upon us it is time for renewal and…gardening! The Huntington Terrace Citizens Association (HTCA) invites you to participate in the cleanup and the continued beautification of our award-winning Triangle Garden (at the corner of Roosevelt St. and Garfield St.).
On Saturday, May 4th 2019, between 9:00AM and 12:00PM, we will hosting the first Triangle Garden cleanup of the year. Green thumb or not, all are welcome. Bring tools and gloves if you have them. Refreshments will be provided.
In Huntington Terrace, we are fortunate enough to be surrounded by beautiful greenery and a community who cares for and understands the value of maintaining community gathering spaces. In October 2007, the HTCA and Montgomery County government established the Triangle Garden, allowing the great citizens of Huntington Terrace “to recognize neighbors who came before us, to foster continued community fellowship, to beautify our neighborhood and to encourage stewardship of the land.”
For over a decade, Deborah Perry and Terese Bernstein, along with countless community volunteers, have led the efforts to build and maintain the Triangle Garden. We can only hope to strengthen their legacy of love for our community by continuing to garner community interest in our very special and unique neighborhood garden.
If you are not able to attend the cleanup, but wish to make a contribution, we are always in need of materials and funds for supplies. Contributions can be made online or checks can be sent to your HTCA Board Members (made out to HTCA, note: “HTCA Triangle Garden”).
Please reach out to myself, Johnny Bree (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Maggie Bree (email@example.com) with any questions. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Johnny and Maggie Bree
Meeting at Suburban Hospital, Wednesday, November 14, 7 pm, Lower Level Auditorium
All neighbors are welcome to attend the bi-annual meeting with officials from Suburban Hospital and the construction team. Bring any questions, concerns, or comments you may have. If there are matters you wish to have discussed and are unable to attend the meeting, feel free to contact an HTCA board member so your issue(s) can be raised.