Work has begun to take down two houses. Photo by Mike Diegel.

Demolition work on two long-abandoned homes on Silver Spring Avenue began Friday.

The houses, owned by The Fenton Group, are part of a property that’s slated to be redeveloped with an office building, retail and apartments. However, the property is currently for sale.

At least one of the houses was an example of a kit home marketed by Sears, Roebuck and Co. from 1908 to 1940, as shown in the graphic below.

In an effort to combat a growing number of unmaintained properties like those at 812 and 814 Silver Spring Ave., the County Council in May enacted Bill 39-16.

Councilmember Tom Hucker (D-District 5) was the lead sponsor for the bill, which requires owners to register unmaintained vacant buildings, pay certain fees for these buildings, require property inspections and amends the county housing and building maintenance standards.

By Friday night, one home as virtually gone. Photo by Mike Mowery.

Demolition work begins on Silver Spring Avenue

Graphic courtesy Karine Zbiegniewicz.

Demolition work begins on Silver Spring Avenue

Video by Mike Mowery.

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Demolition work begins on Silver Spring Avenue

Mike Diegel

Co-Founder/Editor at Source of the Spring
Mike Diegel, a founding member of Source of the Spring, is a Silver Spring advocate who has been appointed by the county executive to several committees and task forces. He currently is a member of the Silver Spring Arts & Entertainment District Advisory Committee. His background is in journalism and he earned a bachelor of arts in communications from McDaniel College. He is self-employed as a communications consultant and is an active volunteer with Appalachian Great Pyrenees Rescue. He has lived for more than 20 years in Northwood/Four Corners with his wife Trish and multiple Great Pyrenees dogs. He is better known around Silver Spring as the Guy with the Big White Dogs.
Demolition work begins on Silver Spring Avenue

Demolition work begins on Silver Spring Avenue

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