Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

Another day, another snowfall. I can't believe that MoCo schools are closed over this. School administration is probably terrified of all the lawyer parents in Chevy Chase/Bethesda. Well, at least it made this morning's commute the easiest I've had in quite some time.

Anyway...

- I'm fully in favor of the planned church/residential/commercial development at Wayne and Bonifant, traffic concerns be damned.



I think this is a huge upgrade from what is exists there now, though some may not agree. The present configuration is a Frankensteinian amalgamation of churches, some of which do have a few interesting architectural elements but taken as a whole are a bit of an eyesore. On the other hand, the converted office building owned by the church another church on the opposite side of Bonifant St. is just ugly. I'm unclear as to how this structure fits in to the plan, if at all. If it happened to get torn down too, that'd be unfortunate...

More on this proposed development can be found at Thayeravenue.com, The Gazette and on DC Mud.

- The church's neighbor, the St. Michael the Archangel school, isn't closing, at least not yet.

- Sticking with the subject of the Wayne/Bonifant area, the county is now looking for a developer to construct residential units adjacent to the new library and across the street from the aforementioned First Baptist development. Presently this space is occupied by a hair salon, a garage, an abandoned house/office and an empty field.



Of course, as the deal involves the Montgomery County Government, there are about 3,000 restrictions, so we'll see how fast this one gets off the ground. Oh, and just wait until "The Community" gets involved...

- This sign in the window of Lizbeth’s Cafe on Georgia Avenue is disturbing. That chicken is far too enthusiastic about its cannibalism.

- The federal stimulus package is paying for a bunch of new traffic lights and crossing signals in downtown Silver Spring.



22 comments:

Chaz said...

Mmm, suicide food.

Sligo said...

What I want to know is - is it EATING ITS OWN LEG???

Dan Reed said...

THAT's not what they're building at the First Baptist Church site. That's the office and retail proposed before.

THIS is what they're proposing there. Much nicer than the earlier concept. I'll be sad to see the First Baptist Church go. I liked it. But I'm looking forward to what could take its place.)

IS there a Frankensteinian school of architecture I'm not aware of?

Sligo said...

I actually had that picture originally, but switched it out for the one on the developer website without paying attention.

Sligo said...

And, yes, there is a Frankensteinian school of architecture. It originates from the University of Ingolstadt in Germany. Its followers are proponents of taking buildings of disparate styles and attaching them to each other, regardless of aesthetics.

Anonymous said...

Whatever's going on at Bonifant better not affect Mandalay. Anyone takes out that restaurant, and there will be hell to pay.

Sligo said...

I take out from that restaurant...

I think Mandalay is fine. If anything, they'll have more business (meaning they will again raise prices and lower portion sizes.)

Anonymous said...

The Gazette article incorrectly (as usual) identifies all the street crossing improvements as being on Colesville Road. They are not--they are on US 29/Georgia Ave.

US 29 South changes from Colesville onto Georgia. The portion of Colesville between Georgia and the DC line is just...well...Colesville Rd.

chippy said...

This chicken eating it's own leg needs to become somehow incorporated into the Zombie Walk promotions.

Hugo said...

Mandalay is all kinds of all right

diana said...

The hair salon has been empty since last summer. I think the only hold-out is the garage. I thought the library was going to take up more of that space on Fenton, between Wayne & Bonifant. Just what DTSS needs... more condos. Ugh.

Bruce said...

I hope the streets will be as pink and shiny as they imagine.

WashingtonGardener said...

>>, the converted office building owned by the church on the opposite side of Bonifant St. is just ugly. <<
I'm pretty sure that converted-office-building-church is NO relation or connection to First Baptist. Can anyone offer evidence otherwise?

PS I too like the new plans

Sligo said...

You know I always thought it was part of that church, but now that you mention it, it doesn't look like it is. There's definitely an argument against churches taking over commercial property...

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't anyone on these SS blogs talked about the rape at the Montgomery College Performing Arts Center on GA Ave. last week? A lot of downtown was swarmed. For some reason, there were even canine units sweeping through the CVS pharmacy.
http://tinyurl.com/yzf7ws4

Clancy said...

The restaurant sign reminds me of a Saturday Night Live "commercial" from around 1992-1993 for "Cluckin' Chicken" in which a cartoon bird takes the viewer through the entire process of raising, butchering, and preparing the chicken for a meal. At the end, the chicken's head (cut off early in the butchering process) takes a bite of it's own leg and declares, "Hey, I'm good!"

Sligo said...

Here's that Cluckin' Chicken Ad. Poor Phil Hartman.

Springvale Road said...

Blah. Who needs another church? I'd prefer a science center. Or better yet, a science center/bar.

Now, having pontificated, let me say that Mandalay's coconut ice "cream", served in a coconut and flown in from Thailand, is absotively amazing, especially after one of their spicier meals. (I put the "cream" in quotes because it's actually not made from milk, but is a kind of sorbet).

WashingtonGardener said...

SR - we all need that Baptist church and the other local ones including St Michael's who perform innumerable services for our community from free English lessons to feeding and clothing the hungry to marriage counseling and AA meetings. Should these institutions collapse or disappear, we'd be in a world of desperate hurt.

Springvale Roader said...

I disagree, Washington Gardener. Any good performed by religious institutions is outweighed by their support and encouragement in the belief of an invisible deity who controls the universe, etc., ad nauseum. And that's on top of a great deal of regressive politics.

It's time the human race grew up, IMHO

Terry in Silver Spring said...

"Why hasn't anyone on these SS blogs talked about the rape at the Montgomery College Performing Arts Center on GA Ave. last week?"


I completely missed this on the news. OMG, that poor woman.

Anonymous said...

SR,
Ironically humans are evolutionarily designed to have faith, be that in a diety or humanity. That's not to say one has to have a faith, it's just that it's unfair to blame the many for the mistake of the few.