Category: Development News

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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United Therapeutics continues work on new office space

United Therapeutics’ construction seen from existing office building. The location of the atrium can be seen in the lower right. Photo by Mike Diegel. While construction continues on United Therapeutics’ new office building at Colesville Road and Spring Street, it’s not the reason for the recent traffic disruptions on Colesville, as the Source and others mistakenly assumed. That work is part of Pepco’s efforts to upgrade transmission lines between two substations. In the meantime, UT is getting close to topping off the new building, according to Thomas Kaufman, associate director, corporate real estate for the company. The structure, known...

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Artist spaces coming to former police headquarters

The building will be converted to studio and gallery spaces. Photo by Mike Diegel. While there have been delays, new artist spaces and housing will be coming to 801 Sligo Ave. on the property where the former 3rd District Police Headquarters was located. The holdup has been the financing, said Heidi Zimmer, senior vice president, property development for Artspace. “We applied for a nine percent tax credit last fall, in October. That’s the primary financing vehicle for the housing,” she explained, adding that it’s a competitive state program and Artspace did not get the award that year. “We went back...

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