Category: County News

Organizations Join Celebration of PARK(ing) Day

Seven organizations joined the county’s Department of Transportation’s Division of Parking Management Friday to celebrate PARK(ing) Day in downtown Silver Spring. The day is described as “an annual, global event that encourages the temporary transformation of parking spaces into enjoyable, parklike spots [and] encourages people to rethink the urban landscape, their transportation choices and how infrastructure can be more transit-oriented, bikeable and walkable.” In the meantime, Takoma Beverage Co. became the first business in Takoma Park to take advantage of a permitting program allowing them to permanently rent a parking space from the city and use it for additional...

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County Program Provides Trees for Urban Areas to Increase Canopy

During this fall planting season, interested property owners can help to increase the tree canopy in the county’s urban areas with a free tree. Under the Planning Department’s Shades of Green program, qualifying property owners can get a free tree planted, under certain conditions. For example, trees can’t be planted in street rights-of-way (publicly owned lands that typically include streets and sidewalks), and a site evaluation will be conducted to ensure the location is proper and there’s enough space for the tree. Locally, the urban areas that are eligible for the program are Flower/Piney Branch, Montgomery Hills and the...

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Study: Rezoning, Public Investment Needed to Revitalize Georgia Avenue Corridor

Rezoning and significant public investments offer the best chance for revitalizing the Georgia Avenue corridor in Forest Glen/Montgomery Hills, according to a new market analysis of the area. The study, conducted for the Planning Department by Washington, D.C.-based Partners for Economic Solutions, will be presented in a public meeting from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17 at Park and Planning headquarters, 8787 Georgia Ave. The department is in the process of creating a sector plan for the area, which runs from Spring Street north to Dennis Avenue, and commissioned the study as part of that effort. “The character of the...

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County, church officials cut ribbon on new affordable housing

County Executive Isiah Leggett joined leaders of the Mount Jezreel Baptist Church and others Saturday to cut the ribbon on a new affordable housing project for residents 62 and older. The Sanctuary is a $20 million, three-story apartment building located at 426 University Blvd. E, behind the existing church and Mount Jezreel Christian School in Silver Spring. Officials and housing advocates in recent years have suggested that partnerships with area churches to build on their land could be a way to help meet the county’s need for more affordable housing particularly for senior citizens. “Promoting affordable housing in inclusive...

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County Announces Labor Day Schedule

Illustration from Public Domain Pictures. The county has announced its holiday schedule for Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 3. All county offices will be closed on Labor Day, as will libraries, state offices and courts. There will be no trash or recycling pickup Monday. All pickups will be pushed back one day (Monday’s collection will be Tuesday, etc.). The Shady Grove Processing Facility also will be closed. The Wheaton/Glenmont and Martin Luther King outdoor aquatic facilities will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Except for the Olney Swim Center, all indoor aquatic facilities, as well as the Long...

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