Category: Real Estate

New Flower Branch Apartments construction to start next week

Artist rendering from Kay Apartment Communities Construction is scheduled to begin next week on two new apartment buildings at the Flower Branch Apartments, 8701 and 8703 Arliss St. in Long Branch. The buildings will replace the two lost in an explosion and fire Aug. 10, 2016, according to a press release from the management company, Kay Apartment Communities. Seven people were killed and more than 40 injured in the blast, which was blamed on a natural gas leak. The two buildings will include 27 units—six one-bedroom apartments, 16 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom units, the company said—and will be constructed...

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Rethinking Your Kitchen

Guest post by Melinda Schnare Let’s face it, we spend a lot of time in our kitchens. I’m going on record to say that this is the most important room in my house. A woman told me the other day that she teleworks two days a week. It’s the room where she goes when she needs a break or is reflecting on her job while taking on a simple chore. It’s where we meet when coming home and sharing our day. And it’s the room where smells of fresh-baked anything lingers. If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen, design...

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Will You Really Miss It?

Photo courtesy Melinda Schnare Guest post by Melinda Schnare There is an emotional burden to clutter and it has a profound effect on our mood and self-esteem. Researchers at UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families found: A link between high cortisol (stress hormone) levels in homeowners with a high density of household objects. The more stuff, the more stress. That families who want to reduce clutter often are emotionally paralyzed when it comes to sorting and pitching objects. They either can’t break sentimental attachments to objects or believe their things have hidden monetary value. And get this—although U.S....

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Preparations underway to market Discovery headquarters to buyers

Photo of the Discovery headquarters, which will be vacated in mid-2019, with the beloved Chompie from Wikimedia Commons A group of county and state officials were among those who came to Silver Spring as preparations get underway to market Discovery Communications’ headquarters building to potential buyers. “We need to understand the ins and outs of the building,” said David Petr, president and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corp. “We had a tour there last week with representatives from Discovery. We had a chance to actually walk the physical space to understand the configuration and how it could...

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Police station to be converted to commercial arts space, housing added

Police building will be converted to arts-related commercial space. Photo by Mike Diegel. The former District 3 police station at 801 Sligo Ave. will be converted into arts-related commercial space as part of the planned Artspace Silver Spring Arts Campus scheduled to break ground this summer. More than 50 people, mostly artists, crowded a room at the Silver Spring Civic Center to hear representative of Minneapolis-based Artspace discuss their plans for the site that will include 68 live/work spaces geared to artists and 11 townhomes. Property Manager Erika Dani talked about plans for the commercial space, which will include about...

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