The County Council yesterday approved $7.5 million in funding to purchase the property at 1110 East-West Highway where a new urban recreational park will be built.

“This acquisition will create the new South Silver Spring Urban Recreational Park that will provide recreational amenities...

to a diverse, underserved, and growing urban community,” Parks Director Mike Riley wrote in a letter to the council requesting the approval of the funds, included in the council’s staff report.

The property, about one acre, fronts on both East-West Highway, across from Denizens Brewing Co., and Kennett Street...

across from public parking, providing both public access and the visibility needed for an urban park, Riley wrote.

National Tire and Battery now on the property has leased the building for the last 30 years.

The Pentecostal Church borders it on one side and the former Caldor/Discovery building is on the other side.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has negotiated an agreement...

to acquire this property from Imperial Investment Company, though no timing to complete the purchase was given in the report.

Funding for the purchase will come from the county’s Advance Land Acquisition Funds.