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Object ID 2009.2008.02
Title In Case Someone Asks You
Object Name Instructions
Date unknown
Creator Citizens Coordinating Committee on Friendship Heights
Description In Case Someone Asks You
by Citizens Coordinating Committee on Friendship Heights
date unknown

List of questions and answers about the committee and what it does.

Location: Maryland Home and Garden Pilgrimage/Tour Papers, 1970-1992

In Case Someone Asks You…

Prospective purchasers of tickets for the Chevy Chase Village House Tour may want to know where their money is going, and for what.. This set of questions and answers is intended to help you respond.

What is the Coordinating Committee? The Citizens Coordinating Committee on Friendship Heights is an umbrella organization for 13 neighborhood associations in Montgomery County and Northwest D.C. representing over 10,000 households in the residential communities surrounding and within the Friendship Heights business district and the River Road-Westbard area. Created in 1971, the CCCFH has worked to insure that commercial development is compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods.

Is the Coordinating Committee Antidevelopment? No. The CCCFH was instrumental in the adoption of the Friendship Heights Sector Plan in 1974 and the Westbard Sector Plan in 1982. These Sector Plans provide a blueprint for the intensive development of the Friendship Heights and Westbard business districts. They set forth Guidelines designed to insure that development is well-planned, high quality, and of life of the residents of the area. The goal is development that will be in the long term interest of business and resident alike; development that will make our neighborhoods an ever more desirable place to live, shop, and work.

What Exactly has the Coordinating Committee Done? In addition to stimulating the adoption of the Sector Plans, the CCCFH has helped establish and preserve park and (e.G., Brookdale Park, Boundary Park, and Willard Avenue Park), control the size and density of major commercial projects in the Friendship Heights business district, (most recently development on Square 161 directly across Wisconsin Avenue form Mazza Gallerie), induce Woodward and Lothrop to abandon plans for a massive convention hotel on its present parking lot in favor of a smaller scale building now in the planning stage, insure that the Friendship convention or hazards to pedestrian safety, persuade the state highway department to give up plans to cut down all the trees along Wisconsin Avenue, and discourage the widening of Wisconsin Avenue in front of Woodward and Lothrop, and many other similar efforts. Presently, CCCFH is trying to thwart an attempt to operate a large concrete plant along River Road in violation of the existing zoning, to prevent Hechingers from operating a store on the site of the old River Bowl, to forestall efforts to open residential property to an array of commercial uses, and to discourage the construction of unnecessary and costly roads in Friendship Heights, and to prevent the use of the B & O right of way for a commuter rail.

Why Does CCCFH Need Money? The land in the Friendship Heights business district and nearby commercial areas has become so valuable that it has tempted some business interests to try to evade the controls of the Sector Plan and Zoning laws. If the CCCFH is to continue as an effective watchdog for community interests it must be able to enter into litigation when necessary. This requires highly skilled and expensive legal counsel. The house tour is the most important source of income for these efforts.