Downtown Silver Spring’s newest apartment building is set to be dedicated Thursday ahead of its opening later this year.
In November 2006, Isiah “Ike” Leggett became the first African American to be elected as County Executive of Montgomery County, and was overwhelmingly reelected in 2010 and 2014. While in office, he served as President of the County Executives of America in 2013-2014 and as President of the Maryland Association of Counties in 2015. In January 2016, Leggett was named a “Washingtonian of the Year” by Washingtonian Magazine. He received more than 200 honors and awards from a variety of organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
Under his leadership, Montgomery County expanded affordable-housing funding, added programs for immigrants, increased the minimum wage, and created a program to hire people with disabilities. He commissioned a task force for a countywide study about the plight of seniors and how the county may respond to their needs. Subsequently, thanks to Mr. Leggett’s support of the task force’s recommendations, life for senior adults dramatically improved. The programs that Mr. Leggett either created or enhanced will provide much needed services to those who need them the most. His legacy will ensure the wellbeing of county residents for generations to come. And so fittingly, we are proud to re-name our newest affordable senior housing site to be called “The Leggett.”
The Leggett, which provides replacement housing for 106 former public housing units that were located in the 57-year-old Elizabeth House, features a wellness center and urgent care facility affiliated with Holy Cross Hospital, as well as proximity to the Capital Crescent Trail, which will be accessible from the complex. According to the building’s website, apartment amenities include spacious floor plans, efficient kitchen appliances, and in-unit washers and dryers.
The apartment building, formerly known as Elizabeth House III, will be located adjacent to the also-incoming Silver Spring Recreation & Aquatic Center, which will include basketball courts, an Olympic-sized pool, a therapy pool, a spa, a fitness center with locker rooms, and an underground parking garage. Both are part of a larger development of the Elizabeth Square apartment complex from the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County, in partnership with Lee Development Group. In its entirety, the project calls for 887 residential units and 6,000 square feet of retail space in two apartment buildings that will flank the recreation center.
Rendering Courtesy of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County