Friday, November 11, 2011

Silver Spring (Old) News 'N Notes

Sorry for the lack of posts as of late... some of this may be old news, but I'm still playing catch up. More to come.

- Work is proceeding in earnest on the construction of the new City Sports on Fenton Street. Here's hoping they carry "City Sports Silver Spring" t-shirts, though in all likelihood they'll instead stock D.C. t-shirts like this one.


- Travel time from Silver Spring to Bethesda during rush hour on the Purple Line? 8 1/2 minutes. Of course, by the time it is ultimately built, molecular transporters will have been invented, making the light rail line a 22nd century C&O Canal.

- The temporary toy store in the former Borders is set to open today, at least according to a sign on the door. (Still waiting on that H&M, by the way.) We need to start commercializing additional holidays in order to fill all this empty retail space. Halloween and Christmas only cover a few months.

- The takeaway from this article is that Ghar-e-Kabab is expanding their dining area. Good on them.

-  The sushi and steakhouse restaurant opening in what was once Ceviche is going through an identity crisis: first it was Nobu Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi, then it was Haruhana Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi, and now it's Masa Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi.



20 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's cool that ghar-e-kabab is expanding, but man I bet the county wishes it could go back in time and put the Wayne Ave. garage underground with retail/apts/condos on top so that the Wayne side wouldn't be so dead. Crescent Condos sucks too, with their lone retail spot being set back so far.

Isayaah Parker said...

I completely agree with that assessment. There are too many above ground parking garages. The potential for more vibrant street retail has been lost. The Wayne Avenue garage at least could have been designed like the Fenton Street garage, with retail on the bottom. (Fuddruckers, Chick-Fil-A) I welcome City Sports but I doubt Downtown SS will ever be a retail destination, more like an entertainment destination. At least that seems to be the way the marketing is geared toward. Shitty Place is a retail fail and no mainstream retailers want to locate there, and there is simply not enough available prime street locations for mid to large sized retailers. The abundance of parking garages don't help.

Vagrarian said...

I walked by Ghar-e-Kabab the other day and they had taken over the defunct hair salon next door. Cool that they're expanding, although I miss being able to rag on that strip for literally having every other storefront a hair salon.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Silver Spring resident, and strong supporter of the purple line.

But 8.5 minutes between Bethesda and DTSS, with three stops in-between (Connecticut Ave., North Woodside/Lyttonsville, and 16th Street) sounds absurdly optimistic.

If memory serves, the Capital Crescent is about 3.5 miles from Bethesda Station to the Zero Marker, and then another half-mile to DTSS. So call it 4 miles, with three stops.

Figure each stop is about 30 seconds. So we're talking about covering 4 miles in 7 minutes, complete with time to accelerate from and decelerate into each of 3 stations (once about every 1.3 miles).

Without going all "a-train-leaves-Detroit-and-another-train-leaves-New-York," it seems like we're talking about 35 mph AVERAGE, with the thing coming to a stop every 1.3 miles?

Danielle Meitiv said...

There's a City Sports in Wellesley MA, which is 15 miles outside Boston and they gotta make due with "City Sports Boston" tees so I wouldn't hold my breath...

Anonymous said...

Man, the McDonalds got my hopes up this morning. I was sure it was being demoed entirely (roof being torn off, interior and windows gutted) until I saw a sign saying it was closed for renovations. Sadly, I assume that means it'll remain effectively the same structure with identical clientele. If I got to demo City Place or that McD's, I'd probably go with the McD's.

Clancy said...

@Anon, re: McD's - Yesterday there were a few rather distraught looking individuals milling around outside or sitting up by the post office staring at the building like it was just a matter of a few minutes before it reopened and they could get their Filet-o-Fish fix satisfied. Or, maybe it was something else they were looking for; I've long suspected that dealers used the restaurant to conduct transactions, as there's no way some of the people I saw hanging out there "regularly" could possibly like McDonald's that much.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of renovations, this morning I saw workers in the empty T-mobile store next to the Fillmore. Are they just renovating or is something else moving in? Please tell me something else is moving in!!!

Anonymous said...

I've long suspected that dealers used the restaurant to conduct transactions, as there's no way some of the people I saw hanging out there "regularly" could possibly like McDonald's that much.

It's like Fox Nation in here sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Sure would be nice if Patch looked into these types of developments - it seems like exactly the type of news-ish stuff they should be following.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 10:57 AM -- I had the same hopes about the McDonalds as I passed by this morning. I had even heard a rumor a long while ago that it might be relocating to the new transit center, so the fact that they are renovating (rather than demolishing)definitely quashed any hope that a move might be in the works in the near future. In my opinion, that McDonalds is the worst aspect of DTSS.

Isayaah Parker said...

NO ONE EVER ANSWERED THE QUESTION ABOUT THE T MOBILE!!! Workers have been in there night and day, and it's been ripped of all merchandise (From an outside perspective)It's been reduced to nothing but white walls. There was a long line in there today...strange. Always thought that was an awful location for T Mobile, especially with Fillmore nextdoor. Something like a Z Burger that stays open late would be perfect for that corner with the concert crowds. I also was hoping that they were tearing down the McDonalds. That property is currently being used to promote obesity and drug trafficking. I saw the typical teenaged spanish gangs standing around near it as if they were in mourning. That property should be a multi-story mixed use building, no parking lot.

Clancy said...

Hey, Anonymous @Tuesday, November 15, 2011 3:33:00 PM, if the same person is sitting in the window booth of a restaurant every time I pass by 2-4 times a day, 5 days a week, no matter what time I happen by, I start to notice. Also, it's not so baseless to start speculating that they might be there for something other than the food . . . especially when they never have a laptop (otherwise, I'd likely assume they were there to use the WiFi).

Anonymous said...

There is now a sign outside of the McDs showing how it is going to look once the renovations are done. Basically, if you've seen the newer style McDs, it's going to look like that.

Anonymous said...

Well that's interesting re McDonald's new look. I can't really picture what style it's going to be, but it can't be any worse than the current look. It it going to be two stories at least? Maybe keep some of the rift-raft up a level and off the corner?

Isayaah Parker said...

Honestly, I never thought there was anything aesthetically wrong with the way McDonalds looked. It was actually pretty modern looking. The clientele is what needs a renovation. They need to renovate those teenage drug dealers, gang members and hoochie mama's that lurk in the parking lot and stand in front of the door as if they are bouncers at some exclusive club.

Anonymous said...

@3:15 PM -- The design still appears to be one story only. If you've seen the McDs near Georgia and Military/Missouri Aves, the picture looked like that.

Isayaah -- Couldn't agree more about the "bouncers." As I passed by today, I took note of the fact that the railings near either door where the "bouncers" lean/sit are not being demolished. I'm guessing they're required for accessibility reasons, since the doors are not at sidewalk level, but I was hoping that the new McDs would somehow make it more difficult to loiter. I've often wondered why MoCo does not require that the McDs hire some sort of rent-a-cop, in order to cut down on some of the questionable activity there. It seems that given how often the police are called there, MoCo would be justified in imposing such a requirement.

Sligo said...

"I've often wondered why MoCo does not require that the McDs hire some sort of rent-a-cop, in order to cut down on some of the questionable activity there."

Because they are in on the action.

Anonymous said...

Thanks anon - that's too bad McDs isn't renovating the site further/are just breaking out the standard blueprint instead of something more urban/in line with the neighboring retail (Qdoba/Flippin).

Justafed said...

Some anonymous due suggests that 8.5 minutes is optimistic for the DTSS to Bethesda link, just because the train would have to average 35 mph while moving. I honestly do not see the problem. The thing is a train running on rails on a dedicated right of way. It has to do three accelerat/deaccelerate cycles. Say these each take a minute (30 seconds up and 30 seconds down), and acceleration is linear. The speed is therefore max/2 for those segments, and max for the other 4 minutes of the trip. I solve and get that the maximum speed is a bit less than 39 mph. I see no problem with this.