The operators of Downtown Silver Spring will permanently close Ellsworth Drive to vehicular traffic, and lay down nontoxic artificial turf to create what’s described as a “linear urban park.” Bryant Foulger, chairman of Fougler-Pratt, one of the complex’s owners, presented plans for a $10 million renovation of the area to a generally receptive audience of about 60 people last night.
The Koiner Farm in downtown Silver Spring has been granted the county’s first conservation easement for urban agriculture. The easement, in partnership with the Maryland Environmental Trust, permanently protects the one-acre from ever being developed.
Representatives of the owners of the Downtown Silver Spring development will hold a community meeting Monday Sept. 16 to present plans for the complex’s renovation. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Silver Spring Civic Building.
A $10 million renovation of the area was announced in May by The Peterson Companies (which manages the development) and Foulger-Pratt that, together with Argo Investment Co., owns the complex.
The Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame will induct its first class of local honorees at 6 p.m. tonight (Friday, Sept. 13) in the Silver Spring Civic Building, the organization announced. Five athletes and one coach will be recognized during the ceremony.
The inaugural induction ceremony for the Montgomery County Sports Hall of Fame on Friday night highlights this week’s events. On Saturday, the usual second Saturday of live music at the American Legion will be expanded into an end-of-summer bash featuring eight local bands and extended hours. The same night, also at the legion’s hall, the DC Blues Society will hold its annual showdown. There will be a climate town hall and a street art festival on Saturday, Future Fest is set for Sunday, and a community meeting will be held Monday to present plans for the renovation of Downtown Silver Spring.
PLNT Burger, a vegan fast-casual restaurant led by local celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn, will hold the grand opening of its first location tomorrow, company officials announced. The outlet is inside the Whole Foods at 833 Wayne Ave. in downtown Silver Spring and features Beyond Burgers, a product of Beyond Meat that is a plant-based burger made without GMOs, soy, or gluten.
This is the last in a series of seven guest posts from Sunil Dasgupta on the discussions surrounding the possibility of changing the boundaries of Montgomery County’s public schools.
As yet, the school board and MCPS officials are not free of political pressures. As of early August 2019, the school board had delayed consideration and award of the consulting contract intended to investigate the boundary issue.
This is the sixth in a series of seven guest posts from Sunil Dasgupta on the discussions surrounding the possibility of changing the boundaries of Montgomery County’s public schools.
While boundary change is likely to remain emotive however it is pursued, focusing on the process over the outcome could address the most trenchant opposition: a) periodic review and adjustment of boundaries, and b) an independent and binding review commission in charge of the process.
The fifth in a series of seven guest posts from Sunil Dasgupta on the discussions surrounding the possibility of changing the boundaries of Montgomery County’s public schools.
So, are the current efforts to revisit boundary change evidence of an emerging new coalition? The clearest proponents of boundary change appear to be MCPS students themselves.
The county Planning Department launched the development of the county’s first pedestrian master plan at its Sept. 5 meeting, according to a department announcement. The Planning Board approved a scope of work for the plan, which will be developed by developed by the Functional Planning and Policy Division.