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Downtown Silver Spring to Get $10 Million Renovation, New Tenants

The owners of the Downtown Silver Spring development are planning a $10 million renovation of the area that will include public art and a new outdoor plaza featuring green space. The news came in a joint announcement from Peterson Companies and Foulger-Pratt, which 20 years ago built the 440,000-square-foot shopping, dining, and entertainment destination located on Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. The companies also announced new tenants for the area, including The Eleanor, a combination bar, restaurant and entertainment venue that will occupy 7,700 square feet near the development’s fountain (the same space as Lincoln’s Bar-B-Que). The eatery, which...

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Liquor License Revoked for Takoma Park Restaurant

The Board of License Commissioners has revoked the liquor license of the Congress Restaurant and Lounge, located at 6834 New Hampshire Ave. in Takoma Park. The action came following an April 11 hearing that was summarized as Resolution 19-124. The resolution was adopted on May 2 and detailed in a letter dated the same day to licensees Nde Aloh of Bowie and his mother, Rosalinde Attey of Takoma Park, informing them of the revocation. The licensees admitted to violating several regulations related to the dispensing of liquor at the restaurant, including serving customers after hours, but denied a charge...

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Construction on Solaire II Expected to Begin in November

Construction on the Solaire Silver Spring II luxury apartment project in the Ripley District is targeted for a Nov. 1 start, according to Charles Nulsen III, president of the project’s developer, Washington Property Co. The building will be located next to the current Solaire Silver Spring at 1150 Ripley St., near the Metro tracks. Plans call for up to 420 apartments, approximately 18,000 square feet of retail space and six levels of aboveground parking. In order to facilitate the parking, the company received a height exemption of about 70 feet for the project. “We didn’t add any more building...

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Arts Council Wins NEA Grant to Add to Works on Paper Collection

The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County will be adding to the Montgomery County Contemporary Works On Paper Collection thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works Grant Program. The collection is part of the county’s public art collection, which currently includes more than 550 prints, drawings and watercolors from regional artists. THE NEA awarded AHCMC a $25,000 Art Works grant that “will purchase and frame two-dimensional artworks on paper acquired from regional artists and galleries through a juried call-for-art process opening this spring,” according to the AHCMC announcement. “In 1975, the Montgomery County Works...

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Sculpture Exhibition Opens Tomorrow with Public Reception

An exhibition of contemporary sculptures from four county artists will open the 2019 season at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room with a public reception Thursday, Feb. 7. The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County’s public art manager Amina K. Cooper curated “The Shape of Things to Come,” which will be on display until April 5.  “We are excited to kick off 2019 with inventive new work by local artists in Montgomery County,” said Suzan Jenkins, AHCMC CEO in a press release. “It will be interesting to see how each sculptor’s unique perspective of current affairs sparks...

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