Category: Development News

City Council Authorizes Next Steps in Takoma Junction Approval Process

Screenshot of the proposed plan’s sketch view from Carroll Avenue from NDC/streetsense presentation The Takoma Park City Council, by a 5-2 vote, passed a resolution in the early hours of the morning authorizing the Neighborhood Development Company to submit the Takoma Junction Development Project Combined Site Plan to the Montgomery County Planning Department. “The resolution is the next piece in the process,” said Mayor Kate Stewart. “The next part of this project is that the site plan needs to go to Montgomery County Planning. It also needs to be submitted with the traffic studies to [the State Highway Administration]...

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Housing Commission Breaks Ground on Thayer Avenue Project

Screenshot of the Fenton Street frontage of the 900 Thayer Ave. plans from document submitted to the Planning Board. After several months of preliminary excavation work, the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County officially broke ground last week on its project at 900 Thayer Ave. Plans call for development of 124 mixed-income units, with studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, and ground-level retail. Eighty-four of those units will serve as relocation housing for former public housing residents through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program, according to an HOC press release. “Thanks to HUD’s Rental Assistance...

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Silver Spring and the Perfect Retail Mix

A study shows the Silver Spring market is saturated for some types of retail, but there’s a demand for neighborhood-serving retail. Photo by Mike Diegel. Guest post by Gwen Wright. Silver Spring has long attracted shoppers with a variety of retail. In the 1920s, its first commercial boom brought more than 60 stores to Georgia Avenue. Subsequent decades witnessed the arrival of Hecht’s, JC Penney, Jelleff’s and Hahn Shoes, among a myriad of retailers. Today, the Silver Spring submarket, which includes the downtown area, Takoma Park, Long Branch, Takoma-Langley, Four Corners and Hillandale, has a diverse mix of both locally owned...

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Target announces plans to open small-format store in Shepherd Park

Rendering of a small-format store courtesy Target Target has announced plans to build a small-format store at the corner of Georgia and Eastern avenues in Shepherd Park, on the border with Silver Spring. Target currently operates four small-format stores in College Park, Rosslyn, Bethesda and Falls Church, and also plans to open stores in Cleveland Park, on New York Avenue in Northeast D.C., and in Ballston, according to a press release. “Target is excited to expand our footprint in D.C. with the Georgia and Eastern store, which will serve new guests throughout the District, Silver Spring, and surrounding neighborhoods....

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Long Branch, Bonifant businesses could get county funding

Purple Line construction continues along Arliss for planned tunnel. Photo by Mike Diegel. Businesses in a portion of Long Branch and along Bonifant Street could receive funding to help offset the effects of Purple Line construction under terms of an amendment to the FY2017-2022 Capital Improvement Program. The amendment was requested by the County Executive and approved last week by the County Council’s Planning, Housing and Economic Development Committee. The funding ($300,000) originally was intended to assist those businesses in the Long Branch “superblock,” bordered by Arliss Street, Flower Avenue, and Piney Branch Road, as part of the Long...

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