Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday News 'N Notes

- The Fillmore Silver Spring, scheduled to announce its first show one week from today, has opened a preview center on Ellsworth.

- Montgomery County is considering implementing an under 18 curfew, stating that similar curfews in DC and PG County are driving troublemakers to places like dowtown Silver Spring on weekend evenings.

Police point to one recent incident in which as many as 70 young people, including suspected gang members, gathered in downtown Silver Spring during the July 4 weekend. Many arrived on bus or Metro, police said. Several fights broke out, and one ended with the stabbing of a teenage girl, officials said. She survived.
Discuss.

- The word is that a non-chain restaurant/sports bar-type place will be opening up next year in the ground floor retail space of the new apartments at 1200 East West Hwy. Apparently, Chili's was initially interested but later backed out. Chain haters' heads would dentonate if that had deal had gone through. In its defense, I used to find Chili's a great place to go for Friday happy hour, with their free wings and chips and what not. Not sure if they still offer that deal, though.

- Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema gives a positive review of Colesville Road's Kao Thai restaurant.

- Dissapointingly, Mandalay has ended delivery service, citing the lack of a reliable driver.

- War profiteers KBR have won the contract to construct the The Heritage at Georgia Avenue, formerly known generically as 8021 Georgia Avenue. The new building will incorporate the former headquarters of the National Institute of Dry Cleaning, and like all new apartments will be "luxury".


Speaking of apartment, the MoCo police have issued a notice regarding a recent spate of daytime burglaries at apartment buildings in downtown Silver Spring, so be vigilant.



32 comments:

Joe said...

What happens to Babe's if we get ANOTHER Sports Bar in this three block stretch of E-W Hwy with little pedestrian traffic?

It will be a nice office lunch option though...

kristy said...

Just as an FYI, the part of KBR constructing the apartments is the Building Division and not the War Profiteering(Government & Defense) division.

Sligo said...

Different division, same company. Maybe Dick Cheney will be there for the ribbon cutting.

Anonymous said...

Hey, that apartment building design is *just terrific*! Let's hear it for beautiful, innovative design!

JS said...

I propose that, henceforth, we informally refer to 8021 Georgia as The Green Zone.

Anonymous said...

Ah, come on. Why did you have to bring Dick Cheney into this? Your personal dislike aside, he had nothing to do with the War Profiteering. As for the curfew, I'm all for it. A lot of cities have them and I think they have a positive impact.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for the curfew. Here's an interesting tidbit I heard from a SS police officer. Every weekend, there are incidents of crime in crime in the DTSS area, and obviously there are more on holiday weekends such as July 4 (a few fights and assaults, many thefts from cars). Last year, there was one holiday weekend where there was no Metro service to SS because of repair work on the tracks (I think it was Labor Day weekend, but I could be wrong) -- that weekend was virtually crime-free in DTSS (no fights or assaults, and just a few thefts from cars). So yes, for the most part, the troublemakers do indeed come to DTSS from elsewhere (such as PG and DC).

Sligo said...

"Why did you have to bring Dick Cheney into this?"

Uh, because he was Halliburton (KBR parent co. at the time) CEO for 5 years and also received compensation from them while he was VP.

Anonymous said...

"Uh, because he was Halliburton (KBR parent co. at the time) CEO for 5 years and also received compensation from them while he was VP."

He was and he did receive compensation (I remember this big to-do-about-nothing from the Bush Kerry election) but the compensation was deferred compensation. He elected back in the late 90's to receive his payments over a 5 year period. Additionally, he did not have any connection to whatever corruption going on within KBR. It's the same thing as saying the former BP CEO was responsible for the oil spill in the Gulf. Correlation, definitely. But no causation. These guys get vilified by the public, I don't understand it...

Anonymous said...

I like JS's name suggestion for 8021 Georgia Ave., but may suggest it ammended to 'The Clean Green Zone."

Anonymous said...

Bahhhhh don't need more luxury apartments! I am totally going to be priced out of this town.

Anonymous said...

So long as DTSS keeps adding more and more apartments it should help keep rental prices down. I don't think there has ever been, in the history of the world, a development that didn't market itself as "luxury" at the time of its release so i wouldn't worry about that.

Acorn Park said...

so I hear Borders might actually die this time. assuming that is the case, what can squeeze inside that space now? more theaters? another shoe warehouse? Target?

bummer.

Anonymous said...

Another uninspired design, but at least it'll pack some more hot bodies into swinging Fenton Vilage!
Keep'em coming.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

This is from the website for the apartments at 1200 East West Hwy:
"Roof-top deck with city views of National Cathedral, the Capitol, and Downtown D.C."

Ok, yes, the Cathedral will be peeking up over the trees, but you can see the Capitol from the roof of that building? Does the view require a telescope? Maybe some x-ray vision?

Anonymous said...

We can see the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Cathedral, and Fedex field from our condo at the Mica, and that's not even at the top level. A telescope helps, but on a clear day, you can see them pretty clearly. So I wouldn't doubt the claims of 1200 East-West.

Vagrarian said...

I can see the Capitol dome from my office window on a clear day (today you can't), but judging by the drawing there, it looks like they may block my view.

Easley Does It said...

Shit. Border's is indeed done.

http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/borders-liquidation-chapter-11-ann-arbor-bookstore-chain-borders-group-e-books/

Anonymous said...

Luxury, like the word gentleman, has lost it's meaning.

Anonymous said...

IHATEYUPPIES SAID:

Yep, Borders is toast. By this time next month, the Borders spot on Ellsworth will be vacant.

The most popular past-time at the Silver Spring Borders store is the magazine stand browsing. The store had an awesome display of magazines and journals spanning every interest.

The second-most popular thing about SS Borders: teenagers reading manga and graphic novel material.

The third-most popular thing about SS Borders: WiiiiiiiiiiiFiiiiiiii.

Seriously, the loss of Borders in the heart of DTSS is a big blow to the community. The Silver Spring Borders, in a way, was a library and community meet-up for Silver Spring people. I would see people reading a few chapters from a book while sprawled out on the floor. I bet the same person would come back and read more chapters from the same book.

Teens and pre-teens would hang out and read some books and chat with one another.

The place was a good meet-up for couples and families too.

College students would meet up in the Seattle's Best lounge and go over class notes.

What a shame.

The square footage of the soon-to-be-vacant Borders location is substantial. However, not quite large enough to support a Best Buy or Bed, Bath & Beyond let alone a Target. I think there would have to be a niche retailer that does not require football length floor space.

Just a tangent...do you realize how AWFUL the parking will become once the CVS is open for business across the way from Whole Foods? If you think the lack of available parking spots is bad now in the Whole Foods/Strosniders lot...just wait. Seriously, if you are a loyal customer of Whole Foods, you are gonna have to park a looooong ways away from the property. Or you would have to shop at strange hours of the day or evening.

I think CVS would have been a better fit for the Borders space.

All well.

-IHY-

Anonymous said...

As a note to all the chain haters, say good bye to Borders. Imagine a CVS there? Now that would suck. Hopefully they can get Barnes and Noble to come in. They always had a better stock than Borders anyway and the social function of the Borders another poster mentioned can't be overstated.

Anonymous said...

"I would see people reading a few chapters from a book while sprawled out on the floor. I bet the same person would come back and read more chapters from the same book. "

A good part of the reason why Borders is closing (along with the horrible reaction to e-book technology.

Anonymous said...

Please no cell phone store where Borders is! Maybe that location is one of the 30 that the unnamed entity is buying the lease of. If it's Books-a-Million, I can see them taking that store over.

Anonymous said...

A curfew needs to be implemented.

And a crack down on all the wandering thugs and homeless people while we are at it.

As for the Political jokes, why are people getting so mad at sligo? It was a joke (although not a very funny one). Big deal

As for Borders closing and something cool taking its place? Yeah right. This is silver spring downtown. We have a Marshalls and a Burlginton Coat factory outlet. What more could we want?

Anyone thinking this area can support real retail is delusional.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, cause the Borders was always vacant!

Anonymous said...

No one bought anything at Borders. Hence the closing.

Who cares if people were loitering there.

Anonymous said...

The DTSS Borders was plenty profitable, I'm sure. That's not the issue.

Jill said...

DTSS Borders did survive the rounds of closings, so it must have been one of the more profitable outlets.

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