Author: Mike Diegel

Legislation proposed to increase affordable housing units

Photo from Flickr user woodleywonderworks. Montgomery County could see the construction of more affordable housing units if two recent legislative proposals are passed. This week, Council Vice President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) introduced Bill 38-17, Housing – Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) – Requirement to Build. The bill would increase the minimum percentage MPDUs that are required to be built in new residential developments from 12.5 to 15 percent in a MCPS High School Service Area with an eligibility rate for free and reduced meals of 15 percent or less, according to a press release. The bill targets developments...

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County’s Thanksgiving Parade marks 20th anniversary Saturday

Photo from 2016 parade by Mike Diegel. The Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade will mark its 20th anniversary when more than 100 participating units step off in downtown Silver Spring Saturday. The parade, which will once again be televised live on NewsChannel 8 and be emceed by ABC7 Meteorologist Brian Van de Graaff and ABC7 traffic reporter Julie Wright, will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon. The route runs from Ellsworth Drive and Veterans Place to Georgia Avenue, then south on Georgia to its end on Silver Spring Avenue. The event regularly attracts more than 10,000 people to...

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Upcoming Events, Nov. 15-24

Illustration from FiveStone Church Wednesday, November 15 Community Meeting Acorn Park Renovation, Eastern Village Cohousing Common House, 7981 Eastern Ave., 7-9 p.m. Community Stories Screening, “The Bridge,” Easter Seals building, 1420 Spring St., Nancy Lawson, author, “The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife,” Takoma Horticultural Club, Historic Takoma, Inc., 7328 Carroll Ave., 7:30-9 p.m. Montgomery County NOW Women’s Trivia Night, Denizens Brewing Co., 1115 East-West Highway, $5 donation, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, November 16 MCEDC and DPS Business Breakfast, Silver Spring Civic Building, 7:30-10:30 a.m., RSVP Live Online Discussion with County Executive Ike Leggett, 1-2 p.m. Council Transportation &...

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Planet Fitness to open on Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring

Membership presales are available now outside the planned center. Photo by Mike Diegel. Planet Fitness will open a two-level facility at 1100 Wayne Ave. and is selling preopening memberships to the fitness center now through Nov. 28. The first level of membership is $10 a month for unlimited fitness training (with a one-time start-up fee of $1 and a $39 annual membership charge) and does not require a commitment. The center also offers the PF Black Card level at $19.99 per month (with a $1 start-up fee, a 12-month commitment and a $39 annual fee) that provides members access...

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Holiday tree lighting kicks off season downtown

Jon Taylor (right), one of the creators of the holiday tree, talks about the concept. His partner, Karl Unnasch, is on the left. Photo by Mike Diegel. Downtown Silver Spring launched its annual Re-imagining the Holidays event Saturday with the lighting of this year’s holiday installation, the Good Energy Tree. The 35-foot public art piece features multicolored, illuminated bicycles designed to promote the benefits of cycling. The installation, the fifth one created for the event by Karl Unnasch and Jon Taylor, is powered in part by solar panels and a wind turbine at the top of the tree, as...

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ALDI grand opening scheduled for end of the month

Signs for the new ALDI store went up last week. Photo by Mike Diegel. ALDI will hold the grand opening of its store at 9440 Georgia Ave. on Thursday, Nov. 30. The ceremony will include a ribbon cutting at 7:50 a.m. Afterward, the first 100 customers will receive a Golden Ticket, each containing ALDI gift cards in various amounts. In addition, the company will distribute eco-friendly shopping bags and hold a sweepstakes drawing to win free produce for a year. According to the company, the Silver Spring store is part of a $3.4 billion investment plan ALDI recently announced...

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Vacant office building to be converted to apartments, new construction to be added

The vacant 850 Sligo Ave. is now enclosed with chain-link fencing to deter vandals, others. Photo by Mike Mowery. A long-vacant office building will be converted to apartments and new construction will add more units on the property bounded by Gist Avenue, Sligo Avenue and Fenton Street. Moonlight Inc., based in Washington, D.C., bought the property at 850 Sligo Ave. in the spring for a reported $4.25 million. One of the principals in the company, Teshome Asgedom, lives on Bonifant Street. The building has been vacant for more than a year and the company has been working with Bonstra...

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Source Neighborhoods: Woodside Park

Guest post by Dan Metcalf “The streets are wide and houses are set back far away from the street, so you feel like being in a park rather than a residential area,” said Gayane Markaryan, who moved to close-in Woodside Park just a few short years ago. Had they been able to hear it, the presumably long-dead designers of the community, who worked on behalf of the Woodside Development Corporation from the 1920s through the 1930s, might have blushed, as this was precisely the feeling they sought to evoke in creating what Maryland National Capital Park & Planning’s Historic...

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Seoul Food D.C. restaurant moving to Takoma Park

Photo by Zoe Stern/Main Street Takoma Seoul Food D.C. will move to 7302 Carroll Ave. in Takoma Park, the former location of MAD Fitness, according to an announcement from the Old Takoma Business Association. The restaurant currently operates in an Exxon station on University Boulevard in Wheaton. The business, owned and operated by Anna and J.P. Goree, started as a food truck in Washington D.C. and Arlington, Va. in August, 2011 and opened its current location in June, 2013. The menu features Korean and Japanese dishes along with Asian fusion options, including vegetarian and vegan choices, using locally sourced,...

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County Council votes to approve $15 per hour minimum wage

There is a national movement advocating for a $15 per hour minimum wage. Photo from Wikimedia Commons. The County Council voted unanimously to require all county employers to pay employees a minimum wage of $15 an hour by July 1, 2024. In addition, the bill requires that the minimum wage be adjusted annually for inflation according to the Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners and clerical workers, starting July 1, 2022. The county is one of the first jurisdictions in the country to require a $15 minimum wage, the fight for which has become a national movement. This...

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