Category: Real Estate

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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Source Neighborhoods: Woodside Park

Guest post by Dan Metcalf “The streets are wide and houses are set back far away from the street, so you feel like being in a park rather than a residential area,” said Gayane Markaryan, who moved to close-in Woodside Park just a few short years ago. Had they been able to hear it, the presumably long-dead designers of the community, who worked on behalf of the Woodside Development Corporation from the 1920s through the 1930s, might have blushed, as this was precisely the feeling they sought to evoke in creating what Maryland National Capital Park & Planning’s Historic...

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Council approves measures to regulate short-term rentals

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons. Short-term rentals including bed and breakfast uses will be licensed and regulated under the terms of two unanimous actions taken by the County Council this week. Zoning Text Amendment 17-03, Accessory Residential Uses–Short-term Rentals, will permit short-term rentals in most residential and mixed-use zones under services such as Airbnb, Home Away and others. under these conditions: Limits the total number of adult overnight guests in a short-term rental to six Limits the total number of adult overnight guests per bedroom to two Requires one off-street parking space for each rental contract Requires that the dwelling...

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Source Neighborhoods: Hillwood Manor

Guest post by Dan Metcalf Over the next several months, we’ll be rolling out a new feature, Source Neighborhoods, which will look at the communities in which we live, outlining their boundaries, community resources, and the local real estate market. This month, we’re starting with the Hillwood Manor neighborhood of Takoma Park. On the easternmost border of the City of Takoma Park, entered via and bounded by Erskine Avenue to the north, New Hampshire Avenue to the west, 15th Avenue to the east, and Sligo Creek to the south, this sylvan sliver of a neighborhood is roughly two miles...

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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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