Thursday, August 03, 2006

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- Silver Spring Scene points out that the MPDU units at the under construction Crescent Condominiums don't include many of the amenities that come with the standard condos. (Note that in this case, the developer lists the public garage across the street as an "amenity".) Unlike their regularly-price counterparts, the MPDU's don't include a washer, dryer or microwave oven.

This seems to be pretty standard with MPDU units. For example, check out the small print in the "features" section of the Silverton Condos website.

Personally, I think the MPDU program is a bit of a joke. I know someone who managed to get a MPDU and he says that many of the people in the MPDU units around him drive new Lexuses and BMWs. These aren't teachers, fireman and bus drivers that are getting these condos.

What I also find fascinating is how HEAVILY Asian (both south and east) the list of MPDU lottery winners are. Check out the list of winners for the Aurora and the Silverton condominiums. My aforementioned friend said that when he went to the MoCo offices to do some MPDU paperwork, every other person there was Asian. These ethnic communities seem to be spreading the word about MPDUs amongst themselves, but perhaps the county isn't doing such a good job of educating everyone else.

- After defeating the same team 5-3 yesterday, the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts will face the Rockville Express for the Cal Ripken, Sr. Baseball League title tonight at Blair Stadium. Is the name "Rockville Express" intentionally ironic? Traveling through Rockville is anything but express.



11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not to be rude or anything, but The Crescent looks like a public housing project.

Sligo said...

They are going to film the fourth season of "The Wire" there...

urbannomad said...

Really? I don't think it's that bad. Granted it's not the most unique nor does it push the envelope. But I prefer that type of development because otherwise, and most commonly, you get left with an eye sore of what was once a "modern" and "cool" design. I'm thinking 60's and 70's era buildings... what were they thinking. Nothing beats a classic, plain, timeless brick structure from the early 1900's or before. Plus with the Crescent you get a damn good location. I think I'll delay my final judgement on the design for when it's 100% completed.

Rfustero said...

One of the problems with MDPU housing, besides no appliances, is that the cost is passed on to the other homeowners or subsidized by the taxpayers. The homes are not bad, they just lack certain amenities.

Why not build homes all the same, but make them affordable with 4% mortgages for the middle class or for those who make even less than middle class income.

In 1991 a bill was proposed to the House Banking Committee suggesting that the Federal govrment only insure those banks that would offer mortgages 2$ higher than what they were on savings accounts. The bill lost by three votes.

I believe it is an idea that is suited for today.

groovything said...

I'm with urban, waiting for the completion. But what's up now doesn't necessarily look like the model. But it does blend in well with the thrift store and other shops next door. I'd be happy living next to a thrift store.

Sligo said...

Too bad the artificial limb place went out of business.

Robin Ficker said...

I wrote to the head of HOC and he wrote back to say that only 30% of the people on the Montgomery County MPDU waiting list are Montgomery County residents.

thecourtyard said...

Yikes. So it really is DC people coming into all those subsidized apartments in Briggs Chaney. We've got 10 percent of the County's MPDUs in Briggs Chaney and White Oak alone - that's unsettling for the thousands of County residents who could really use those apartments.

groovything said...

I think one reason the program attracts so many Asians is because the Asian culture is more communal than what we'd consider a typical, white American community to be. There's a greater sense of helping out your friends or really just other Asians. If one person learns something, they go tell everyone else. Sounds great to me.

groovything said...

Oops, forgot to say that I know that HOC has info on the progarm in different languages, definitely Spanish. They are always at the county's housing fair (usually in October) and I feel like I see them at other community fairs across the county. Plus, didn't they have a commercial on tv? The HOC website has lots of info and human services organizations in the area should have the info to pass on to the folks they see. Getting the word out about programs like this is always hard for lots of communities. For MoCo there's just so much interest in the program that they always fill slots early. Plus the MPDU program has stiulations, like (I believe) having to own the house for 10 years. It's a mobile society and that's a hard decision for some to make. Not that I don't think HOC/MoCo couldn't do better....

Anonymous said...

I actually belive its 30 years, which is a ridiculously long time. Few people own a house for that long, and what if you decide you want to move, or your family outgrows the living space. what happens there.. i am pretty sure they don't let you off the hook without some kind of penalty.