Council to approve budget with BRT, Ride On funding

The new budget will include additional transportation funding. Graphic from the BRT website. The County Council is expected to formally approve the county’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget this Thursday. The budget includes $31.5 million for Fiscal Years 2018-2020 for the study, design and right-of-way purchases for the planned Bus Rapid Transit. Six million dollars of that amount is intended for the U.S. Route 29 line to the Silver Spring Transit Center. The details of the BRT station locations and other elements of that line will be identified during FY18, according to a council press release. In the last two...

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United Therapeutics Construction Update

The construction site of United Therapeutics’ Unisphere, bringing over 120,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 square feet of retail space to Downtown Silver Spring. (David Lay/Source of the Spring) Construction is in full swing at the site of United Therapeutics’ Unisphere, a massive project bringing over 120,000 square feet of new office space and 10,000 square feet of retail space to Colesville Road at Spring Street in Downtown Silver Spring. The project will also add around 100 more workers, helping the company retain its spot as one of the area’s top employers. According to the project website, the following...

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Sunday Evening Links – May 21, 2017

Recent Silver Spring stories you may have missed: Ellsworth Place is For Sale. (Source of the Spring) ALDI to Open on Georgia Avenue. (Bethesda Beat) The OUTBOX has Returned to Ellsworth Drive. (Source of the Spring) Woodside Urban Park Getting a $7 Million Upgrade. (MyMCMedia) Pollo Campero is Close to Opening on Colesville Road. (Source of the Spring) Montgomery Blair HS Quiz Bowl Team Competing Nationally. (Patch) Lina’s Diner & Bar Opened in the Former Piratz Tavern Space. (Bethesda Beat) Got a News Tip? Tell...

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Pollo Campero Now Hiring

Pollo Campero is Now Hiring for its new location on Colesville Road, next to The Fillmore. Photo by David Lay. As we previously reported, Pollo Campero is building out a location at 8666 Colesville Road, in the former Da Marco Grappa Bar next to The Fillmore: The chain specializes in chicken that’s either hand-breaded and fried or grilled Peruvian style. Juan José Gutierrez, who’s still involved in the family-owned business, opened the company’s first store in Guatemala in 1971. The initial U.S. store opened in Los Angeles in 2002. There are now more than 67 Pollo Campero outlets in...

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U.S. break dancing championships here this weekend

Break dancers will compete for a national title this weekend. Graphic from Wikimedia Commons. The 2017 Rock the Box U.S. Breakin’ Championships will be held this weekend at The Lab DC dance studio. Sponsored by the Competive Breakin’ League, qualifiers are Saturday from 12-5 p.m. and the championships held on Sunday at the same time. Breakers will compete in three divisions: Youth 2-vs-2 Championship, Teen 1-vs-1 Championship and Adult 1-vs-1 Championship. The qualifying event is free, but tickets are required for the championships. Tickets are $15 in advance (plus service fee) and $20 at the door. The Lab DC...

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Ellsworth Place is up for sale

The remodeled mall is now for sale. Photo by Mike Diegel. Ellsworth Place in downtown Silver Spring is for sale. News of the offering was included in an email circulated by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank announcing the company had been “exclusively retained” to sell the property. A copy of the email was obtained by Source of the Spring. Newmark Knight Grubb Frank is a global commercial real estate advisory firm with more than 400 offices on six continents. The Silver Spring property is being marketed by the company’s Boston-based Capital Markets Group. Ellsworth Place, originally known as City Place, is...

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Entertainment a big part of Fenton Village restaurant crawl Sunday

Performers shown from a previous Taste the World in Fenton Village event. Photo by Jonna Michelle Photography courtesy Fenton Village Inc. A variety of entertainers will be a part of the Taste the World in Fenton Village restaurant crawl Sunday from 1-5 p.m. There is a Latin Dance Workshop scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. outside Bibim Restaurant (923 Sligo Ave.), followed by Hawaiian music and dance from Ukelele Hui at the same location from 3-5 p.m. Outside the B&O Railroad Station on Georgia Avenue, Electric Train Set, featuring bluesman Warner Williams, will play from 2:30-5 p.m. Further up Georgia at...

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Fenton Street Market kicks off 2017 season Sunday

Graphic courtesy Fenton Street Market. The Fenton Street Market will kick off its 2017 season in conjunction with Taste the World in Fenton Village event this Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The market will feature more than 20 vendors whose wares include bath and body products, books and paper goods, clothing and accessories, cultural imports, fine art photography, home goods, jewelry, items for kids and prepared foods. Booths will be set up along Georgia Avenue between Sligo and Silver Spring avenues. Taste The World in Fenton Village bills itself as “the largest restaurant crawl in the DC area.” More than...

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Walking tour of Montgomery College TPSS campus planned

A  tour of the college’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus will look at future plans for the college. Graphic from Wikimedia Commons. A group of Silver Spring residents is organizing a Community Walking Tour of Montgomery College’s Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus Saturday morning.  Montgomery College has been conducting community conversations with its Takoma Park and Silver Spring neighbors concerning future renovation plans for its original campus. As part of that, the walking tour will help residents understand the campus’s current and proposed buildings from an on-the-ground perspective. The tour will start at 9 a.m. at the Planetarium Entrance, Science South on Fenton...

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OUTBOX Returns to Ellsworth Drive

The OUTBOX has returned to Ellsworth Drive for 2017. Photo by Mike Mowery. The OUTBOX, a pop-up workspace presented by Adventist HealthCare and designed by Montgomery College Architectural Technology students, has returned to Ellsworth Drive for 2017. Located on Ellsworth Drive at Fenton Street, the OUTBOX is open Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm. Free Wifi is available, and can accommodate both individuals and small...

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