Recreation and aquatic center planned for Silver Spring

Alex Shifflett from KGD Architecture presents the revised Elizabeth Square plan. Photo by Mike Diegel. A 120,000-square-foot regional recreation and aquatic center highlights a revised plan for a new complex in downtown Silver Spring. Elizabeth Square will be built in the area bordered by Fenwick Lane, Second Avenue, Apple Avenue and the Metro right-of-way. The plan, presented yesterday to the Silver Spring Urban District Advisory Board, calls for mixed-use development with retail and residential units including workforce, affordable and senior housing, along with the recreational facilities. “It’s a significant regional facility, not just for the local neighborhood like some...

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Rumored replacement for ShopHouse?

ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen will close tomorrow and there is a rumored replacement for the fast-casual restaurant. Bibibop Asian Grill, a Korean-inspired similar concept in fast-casual eating, is said to be taking over ShopHouse locations. Bibibop offers rice bowls with choice of meats (or tofu), toppings, sauces and side dishes such as edamame, kimchi or miso soup. Diners can also choose a salad or wrap as the base, rather than rice. Bibibop is a subsidiary of Gosh Enterprises, located in Columbus, Ohio. There are 12 locations, all in Ohio. Gosh Enterprises is also the parent company of Charley’s Grilled Subs...

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Upcoming Events March 15-23

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, March 15 Virtual Town Hall with County Executive Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Education Programs and Budget Forum, Catherine F. Scott Building, Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus, 7600 Takoma Ave., Takoma Park, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Community Sing, Levine Music, Silver Spring Library, 900 Wayne Ave., 2nd Floor, $5, 7-9 p.m. POSTPONED: 2017 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS) Plan Update Meeting, Park and Planning Headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave., 7-9 p.m. POSTPONED: County Council Town Hall, Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Rd. Reception 7:30 p.m., Meeting 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16 “How Local News is...

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County extends public outreach on Bus Rapid Transit system

Staff members from the county’s Department of Transportation explained the plans for a Bus Rapid Transit system during an open house last night. Photo by Mike Diegel. Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation last night held the second in a series of three open houses on the work that’s been done so far to study a bus rapid transit system along the U.S. Route 29 corridor. “The Maryland Department of Transportation has been doing a study on the corridor for the last two years,” said Joana Conklin, rapid transit system development manager for the county DOT. “We’ve been working very...

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Storm information available via county portal

Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The county government maintains a winter storm information portal where residents can find a variety of information relevant to the storm expected to hit the area tonight. About 200 employees and 175 pieces of equipment are available for snow removal. In addition, the county can call on nearly 200 contractors and their equipment if necessary. Snow removal activities start once three inches of snow has accumulated. Prior to that, workers pretreat roads and lay down salt and abrasives on area streets. The portal includes links where residents can learn who is responsible for clearing their...

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ShopHouse restaurants to close next week

ShopHouse in Silver Spring will close March 17. Photo by Mike Diegel. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. announced it will close all 15 locations of ShopHouse Asian Kitchen, the Asian-themed fast casual restaurant chain, next week. A sign posted on the door of the Silver Spring location on Ellsworth Drive says Friday, March 17 will be its last day of operation. Nation’s Restaurant News, which broke the story yesterday, cited a company spokesperson’s email saying the company has a deal to sell the leases of all 15 ShopHouse locations and that current employees will be offered positions at Chipotle. A...

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Fenton Street Market to host pop-up African marketplace during AFI festival

Graphic courtesy Fenton Street Market and AFI Silver Theatre. Fenton Street Market will host a pop-up African marketplace tomorrow at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in conjunction with AFI’s New African Film Festival, which opened yesterday. The marketplace will be open from 2-7:30 p.m. in the atrium lobby. Vndors include: Atsu Numadzi, a Ghanaian fine artist and fashion designer, Bahari Deco Crafts featuring clothing and home accessories using Kanga and Kitenge textiles, Chez Kevito with clothing, accessories and home goods inspired by nature, design and pop culture, Obioma with fair-trade men’s and women’s clothing made in Nigeria, mixing African prints...

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Council passes tax credit for urban farms

The Koiner property in east Silver Spring, shown in this photo taken last fall, will be eligible for a substantial tax credit under a new program. Photo by Mike Mowery. The County Council unanimously passed a bill March 7 that would grant a tax credit to certain properties that qualify as urban farms. The new law was driven by what Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-5th District) saw as the unfair taxation of the Koiner Farm in east Silver Spring, operated by 96-year-old Charlie Koiner and his daughter, Lynn. “They’ve been, in my view, over-taxed as long as they’ve been farming,”...

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Upcoming Events March 8-16

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, March 8 Black Feminism, Intersectionality and Building Democratic Communities, Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., 6:30 p.m. LGBTQ Community Meeting with County Police, Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans’ Place, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 4 + 1 Exhibition Opening and Reception, 7500 Maple Ave. Takoma Park, 7-8:30 p.m. Takoma Junction Community Consultation, 7500 Maple Ave., 7-9 p.m. Comedy at the Brewery, Denizen’s Brewery, 1115 East-West Highway, $15, 8-9:30 p.m. Friday, March 10 2nd Annual Business Breakfast hosted by Shepherd’s Table, 82016 Georgia Ave., 7:30-9 a.m. Saturday, March 11 African Market Place at AFI,...

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Supporters welcome to meet us tonight

Supporters of the Source of the Spring will gather tonight from 6-9 p.m. at Not Your Average Joe’s in Silver Spring to support local journalism. The bar and restaurant is located on the corner of Colesville Road and Fenton Street in Ellsworth Place (8661 Colesville Rd.). Happy hour pricing will be in effect for attendees. Not Your Average Joe’s has generously offered to support the Source’s local journalism efforts by contributing 15 percent of the proceeds from tonight to the organization. While an RSVP is welcome, registration is not necessary. Just come on by for food, drink and...

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