Category: Development News

Marketing campaign underway to aid Fenton Village businesses

A development from Fairfield Residential is the largest project currently disrupting Fenton Village. Photo by Mike Diegel. An ongoing marketing campaign is underway to raise awareness of the number and variety of businesses in Fenton Village, many of whom are being affected by projects in the area. “Several recent developments in Fenton Village have brought a lot of problems for neighborhood businesses,” said Pete Tan, marketing specialist and owner of Silver Spring Inc., who created and manages the campaign on behalf of Fenton Village Inc., the nonprofit in the area that has put on a number of promotions such...

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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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First planning meeting for updating Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills set

Montgomery County Planning Department photo. The county’s Planning Department will hold the first public meeting to discuss updating plans for Forest Glen and Montgomery Hills tonight at Park and Planning headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave. The department will start the process with a traffic study along Georgia Avenue from 16th Street to the Forest Glen Metro station, according to a press release. The planning area will include the Montgomery Hills commercial section. The department lists the sector plan priorities as: Balancing regional traffic demands with the needs of enhancing and protecting the existing residential neighborhoods. Evaluating existing conditions and providing...

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Proposal would replace library with senior independent living facility (Part 2 of 2)

Victory House rendering of Spring House as seen from Ellsworth Urban Park. The former Silver Spring Library on Colesville Road would be torn down and replaced with a four-story senior independent living facility, with a child care component, under a plan proposed by the second of two finalists selected in a Request for Proposals process. The 92-unit Spring House would be owned and operated by Victory Housing, the affordable housing development arm of the Archdiocese of Washington. The organization operates or oversees 31 facilities in the area that provide more than 2,100 rental units. “The design of the building...

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Finalist for library site proposes child development center (Part 1 of 2)

The current site plan for a proposed child development center. The former Silver Spring library on Colesville Road would become a child development center under a proposal presented last night by one of two finalists in the Requests for Proposal process. The Martha B. Gudelsky Child Development Center Inc. would be operated by CentroNia, which runs similar facilities in Takoma Park and Columbia Heights. “We are looking to serve probably close to 150 children,” said Myrna Peralta, CentroNia’s president and chief executive officer. “The facility itself will have community space. CentroNia has a history of all of its centers...

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