Accomplishments and Changes

Fred Schultz Ward 6 New Sidewalks
Many of the following were achieved with the leadership or active participation of Ward 6 residents.

Looking back over the past four years, several issues have captured the attention of Ward 6’s residents. These include traffic calming, sidewalks, parking issues, crime concerns and noise disruption.

In response we have gotten speed humps, traffic circles, traffic tables and stop signs to help slow down cars. Installation of a permit-parking zone has diverted overnight parking by non-residents and the litter and blocked driveways that came with it. Most of the noise and late night partying at the Zions Church was stopped with the help of the police. In Hillwood Manor Park, drug activity, foul language and threatening behavior have diminished if not stopped thanks to the efforts of residents and the police. 

ADA-standard pedestrian crosswalk signals (just installed by the SHA after years of my pleading) and better bus shelters help make NH Ave a bit more user friendly.

Fred Schultz Ward 6 Becca Lilly Park
Becca Lilly Park and the nearby natural areas were made safer and more pleasant with the removal of invasive plants, dislocation of homeless people and restoration of a water fountain.

 Our ward became the first in the City to get extensive new sidewalks, which have enhanced personal safety and facilitated neighborliness. In addition we have gradually gotten storm-water retention basins, new trees, more city trash bins and continued street repaving.

Fred Schultz Ward 6 Traffic Calming
 On a broader front, on behalf of the City I spent many long meetings negotiating with Montgomery County planners as a prelude to getting the County Council in 2012 to adopt the Takoma-Langley Sector Plan, satisfactory to the City. The plan includes new mixed-use (C-R) zoning for the Crossroads area and Urban Design Standards to help ensure quality future redevelopment of the old shopping areas on both sides of New Hampshire Ave and along University Blvd in Montgomery County.

 Planning for the Purple Line saw completion of the “preliminary engineering phase” this summer. This past spring I played an active role in lobbying the legislature for State of Maryland funding. Without it, the project would have come to a halt.

 The Crossroads Development Authority has transitioned to a new executive director and gained stronger member participation. It has increased its promotion and marketing efforts and has innovative ideas to help the Crossroads prosper. (All property owners and businesses are required to be members and pay dues.) I sit on its board.

 Working with city staff I have worked with the owner of the former Shell station (now independent fuel) at University and Carroll to encourage and coordinate improvements to the recently reopened gas station. Work on this continues.

 New Hampshire Gardens Citizens Association and the Hillwood Manor Civic Association are playing increasingly meaningful roles. (I purposefully do not play an active role.)

 Green thumb activists in Hillwood Manor continue to impress and set an amazing example of how to make a difference with the creation and maintenance of beautiful gardens on the east side of New Hampshire. (I am just an on-looker and admirer.)

Fred Schultz Ward 6 Azalea City

 Meanwhile since 2010, the Takoma Overlook condominium building has nearly filled up with over 200 unit owners. Effectively, Takoma Overlook has become a new neighborhood, albeit a vertical one, in our ward. And residents there have gradually become acclimated to the City and making their voices heard. In the near future residents will take over control of their condo association from the developer. 

Fred Schultz Ward 6 Takoma Overlook