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Gas station closes to prepare for hotel construction

Photo by David Lay The gas station at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road closed last week in preparation for construction of a new Residence Inn. The final site plans were approved in December, according to Timothy Eden, managing director of Starr Capital LLC. The company is overseeing the project for a partnership of investors who will own the building. “We’re hoping to break ground in the second quarter of this year,” he said. The approved plans include a 173-room hotel that will stand 145 feet tall. It will include about 4,200 square feet of ground-level retail,...

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CREATE Arts moving to Silver Spring Avenue

Photo courtesy CREATE Arts Center. CREATE Arts Center is leaving its current home on Thayer Avenue and moving a few blocks away to the Atrium Building at 914 Silver Spring Ave. The center, a nonprofit visual arts organization that’s been in Silver Spring since 2003, will relocate into the space formerly occupied by Roadhouse Oldies. In addition, Jeremy Flick, CREATE’s executive director, said the group was knocking down a wall to take over The Highwood Theatre’s black box space, giving the group a total of 2,250 square feet. “We are all very excited about this opportunity. This new facility...

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A Decade Later: The Jug Handle and the Gene Lynch Urban Park

Guest post by Amanda Farber. Park and Planning graphic. With news of Discovery’s departure from Silver Spring, there has been much speculation about what will happen to the Discovery building and site. And with past issues surrounding the construction of the Silver Spring Transit Center across the street, there had been much attention paid to that project. And now with the start of Purple Line construction in the same vicinity, there has been steady news coverage about that project. But surrounding all of these big projects and news-making headlines is a long-delayed smaller project that has gotten too little attention and seems...

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Two Silver Spring restaurants participating in metropolitan restaurant week

Photo by Mike Diegel. Two local restaurants are participating in Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week, which will run from Jan. 22-28. All Set Restaurant & Bar at 8630 Fenton St. will offer a three-course lunch menu for $22 and three-course dinner menu for $35 during the week. There will also be a special weekend brunch menu offering three courses for $22. Appetizer and dessert choices for lunch and dinner will be the same, featuring grilled octopus and fried Oreos among the selections. Entrées will vary, with lunch featuring four choices including trout meuniere or short rib ragu. Three entrée choices...

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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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