Category: Development News

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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Paisano’s Pizza plan may not come to fruition

Court notice at the location of a planned Paisano’s restaurant. Photo by David Lay. A plan to open a Paisano’s Pizza restaurant on Georgia Avenue may not come to fruition, after all. An entity referred to as “Silver Spring Pizza Inc.” at 8213 Georgia Ave. is being taken to court for failure to pay rent, according to a notice posted at the address. As previously reported, the northern Virginia-based chain planned to open an outlet at that location, formerly occupied by Radio Shack. The plaintiff, Western Associates, is claiming the defendant owes more than $71,000 in back rent dating...

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Zoning change, budget hearings to highlight council’s week

Stella B. Werner Council Office Building. Montgomery County photo. A change in zoning regulations to attract large companies and a series of operating budget hearings highlight this week’s County Council business. County Executive Ike Leggett requested that the council introduce Zoning Text Amendment 18-05, Uses, Use Standards, and Regulatory Approvals – Signature Business Headquarters, which would revise the review process for large businesses. “It’s a proposal that would allow any large employer come in and build under certain terms,” said Council President Hans Riemer (D-At Large) in a video posted by Montgomery Community Media. “So it’s something that would...

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Takoma Junction draft redevelopment plan presented to residents

A rendering of the front of the Takoma Junction redevelopment plan, looking  across Carroll Avenue. Photo of rendering by Mike Diegel. Residents had the chance to review a draft plan for the redevelopment of Takoma Junction at a public open house held Saturday. The plan encompasses a space at the confluence of Carroll (MD 195), Grant, Philadelphia (MD 410) and Ethan Allan avenues (next to the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Food Co-op market), which primarily serves as a parking lot. Redevelopment of the city-owned property has been under discussion for a number of years, not without some controversy. “I think...

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Vacant space on Sligo Avenue may get affordable housing development

Aerial rendering of the plan for affordable housing on Sligo Avenue. A long-vacant space at 715-719 Sligo Ave. would become the setting for a new affordable housing development, according to plans discussed last night at a public meeting. The building developed under a partnership of Montgomery Housing Partnership, whose mission is to expand the county’s quality affordable housing, and TM Associates, Inc., a Rockville-based property management firm would build no more than 71 rental units, according to the current plans. Ninety percent of those units would be priced under the county moderate-priced dwelling unit program, which is geared to...

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