Category: Development News

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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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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