Friday, August 05, 2011

Friday News 'N Notes

- Construction on Silver Spring's transit center, previously scheduled to be finished later this year, has now had its completion date pushed back to March of 2012.  Delays on a project of this size aren't too surprising - what are we, Swiss?

- Pacci's Trattoria, set to open soon in the General Store in Forest Glen, has revealed their logo:

They are also in the process of constructing a patio behind the restaurant. Presumably someday it will no longer be 100 degrees every day and al fresco dining will once again be a realistic option. [via Pacci's twitter feed]

- The Silver Spring Fillmore will be hosting a job fair on Saturday and Sunday at the Civic Building. They may not all be fabulously high-paying gigs, but who else is hiring these days? If you do get the job, just be sure to remove all the brown M&M's.

- A Papa John's Pizza will be opening in the retail space of South Silver Spring's Veridian Apartments this fall.

- From 10-3 this Saturday the Silver Spring Library will host a book sale and a "Spectacular Science" program for kids.

- MoCo PD is adding new bike patrols to downtown Silver Spring. Didn't they already have those like 4-5 years ago then did away with them? There used to be bike cops eating in the Baja Fresh every time I went in there.



18 comments:

Anonymous said...

If only this were the first delay for the transit center opening....Hooray for another year of having to walk around the whole circumference of the site to get to the metro entrance. ugh.

Oh, and I really like the bike patrols. Much better to have them actually integrated with the Ellsworth area than leaning on their cruisers in front of Regal.

Anonymous said...

I've been reading Pacci's menu as it's been gradually revealed on Facebook. If the food tastes as good as it sounds, then we are in for a great new dining options. Spiro, the owner of Pacci's pizza really pays attention to detail, both in the food and the atmosphere so I'm feeling pretty good about this one.

Terry in Silver Spring said...

One of the delays was that during excavation, they found a couple of hazardous waste areas left over from when that corner had been a car dealership/repair place. Buried materials that had to be cleaned up. That was quite a while ago now. Maybe the new delay is a regional shortage of concrete. ;)

Anonymous said...

That logo looks like a dude giving a blow job.

Anonymous said...

LOL. I wasn't sure if he was pulling the pasta out or putting it in.

Sligo said...

That is his small intestine.

lonebear said...

On the brown M&M story...
http://www.snopes.com/music/artists/vanhalen.asp

djlevin said...

What happened to the new Wheaton Safeway?? I thought demo was supposed to begin in July.

Anonymous said...

I too would like to know what the heck is going on with the Wheaton Safeway demo and rebuild, as well as the Wheaton Costco. They've been teasing us all year. If Safeway can't deliver, they need to sell the property so somebody else (Harris Teeter, Bloom maybe?) Can come in and serve the community. There are Safeways in DTSS and Kensington anyway, and too many apartments in SS/Wheaton as is.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but clearly you've not been paying attention. The Bethesda Safeway takes priority over the Wheaton Safeway and since it's still under construction there will be no attention paid to the Wheaton Safeway.
And yes, the Wheaton Safeway did close down before the Bethesda Safeway even hinted at being rebuilt, but you know, life's not fair.

Clancy said...

Isn't the Wheaton Safeway part of some multi-million dollar high-rise project? For some reason, I doubt the delays in demo and construction are due simply to the store's owners dragging their feet. So, maybe calling in Harris Teeter is a bit premature at this point.

Several months ago, it was reported that there were delays from the county issuing the proper permits. I have no idea if this is still the case, but it might account for why little to nothing has been done on the site.

Anonymous said...

Re: Wheaton Safeway -- As of early July, they were saying late Summer.
http://bit.ly/n1h8qv

Anonymous said...

What about Wheaton Costco? When the heck is THAT opening up? Anyone know?

Anonymous said...

EVEN AFTER THE TRANIT STATION IS COMPLETE.. THEN COMES THE HOTELS... ANY IDEA WHEN THESE ARE SUPPOSED TO BEGIN?

Anonymous said...

RE: transit station development

With the recession, who knows, but then again DTSS is on a roll with a lot of development coming out of the ground (or getting ready to). It wil be at least 2.5 years before the first building opens given that the transit center won't be finished until early Spring 2012.

Foulger-Pratt, the same people who brought you Downtown Silver Spring, says (as of 2009) they plan to build three towers containing 460,000 square feet of office space, a 469-unit apartment building, a 196-room hotel and 25,000 square feet of ground floor retail. That retail is about half the size of a Giant, or not very much given that around 97,000 people pass through that area each day.

Read and see more detail here

spoff said...

Urg, the appalling Papyrus. I suppose we can be thankful Pacci's didn't go with Comic Sans.

Anonymous said...

Spoff you are so snarky. Perhaps you should watch the funny Font Conference video

Anonymous said...

Font conference is funny. Where do they come up with stuff. I am generally amazed at the use of crappy fonts in marketing. Where's the creativity?