Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

Eleven55 Ripley
 Wow, actual blog posts!

- Ground has broken on the Eleven55 Ripley project, which will be the tallest building in downtown Silver Spring when it is completed in 2013. One thing I don't get - what exactly do they mean when they claim the building will feature a "state-of-the-art theatre". Is it some sort of cinema available for use by the building's tenants? How exactly would that work?

- Welcome back SoCo Eats, which has returned following a six-month hiatus and ThayerAvenue.com, which returns after a somewhat shorter break. (Not that I can talk.)

- Hey, look, Virginia is stealing even more jobs from Maryland, this time from right here in Silver Spring. God, I really f'n hate Virginia. We should cut off their supply of drinking water, since it comes from OUR river, which they don't feel the need to keep clean.

- It's apparently been open for a few months now, but until very recently I was unaware of the existence of Jewel of India, the new restaurant in Hillandale from the owners of Langley Park's Woodlands Restaurant. Unlike the all-vegetarian Woodlands, which I have been to countless times, this new restaurant serves northern Indian cuisine (meaning it has meat dishes). Has anyone tried it yet? The Post liked it.



22 comments:

claire said...

My husband and I ate at Jewel of India a couple of weeks ago and it was fantastic. The atmosphere makes you forget you are in a strip mall and the cocktails were fantastic. We were a little disappointed that we actually had to pay for the Naan (order it as an appetizer, it does not automatically come with your meal) and it was a **little** pricier than expected - the article made it sound like the cheapest thing going so we were a little surprised to be paying $17+ for butter chicken -- but all in all, a delicious dinner, great service, and tasty pineapple mojitos!

Susan said...

Bread isn't free for them & it isn't free for us. I love their naan & plan accordingly to buy it. So tired of ppl going to restos & think they should get stuff "free."

couime said...

Yikes, I seem to have touched a nerve. Many of the Indian restuarants in the area that we eat at serve the Naan complimentary with the meal. I should rephrase - I have no problem paying $4 for it, I was surprised that I had to order it additionally, as it did not come out with our meal as it has in other places.

It is not often that my husband and I spend $90 on Indian food for two, but in this case we felt that the setting and the food were worth it. We certainly were not disappointed that we didn't "get anything free".

Mike said...

I used to work for Acentia's CEO at another organization with offices in D.C. He lives in Oakton, Va., and hates to commute. I'm sure he disliked his commute here more than in to D.C. We had no chance of keeping that company here. CEOs make those calls and they do what's convenient for them. End of story.

wmsiii said...

I've eaten at Jewel of India several times for their lunch buffet, because it is near my work. I really like it, and it is often packed. They have a great variety of food, and a different assortment than most buffets. They change it up often, and even have Vindaloo at times.

Anonymous said...

speaking of developments, anyone have the latest on Silver Spring Park? (artist formerly known as Moda Vista). It was supposed to break ground this past spring....

Anonymous said...

I spoke to the gentleman who owns the land for Silver Spring Park - he said they've been getting financing in order and are waiting on some tax credits. He hopes to break ground in April.

I'm really excited by 1155 Ripley - totally high end and is a *real* building, architecturally. DTSS has a lot of things to envy, but the architecture of its new builds isn't one of them (except United Therapeutics and Discovery). Sligo, I assume the "state-of-the-art theater" will be a projector TV in a room of leather couches and recliners. Fairly common amenity in the large lux condo/apt buildings going up the last 10 years or so. Cheap upkeep and a nice perk to show off.

Not worried about the loss of that IT firm or whatever it is. All their other employees are in VA - I can't imagine why they had 1 small office here in the first place. Inside the beltway MoCo is firing on all cylinders, just like inside the beltway NoVa. Neither area has anything to worry about (unless NoVa gets creamed by the DoD cuts). That said, I'd love to see a few more office buildings go up in DTSS so we don't lose companies because they outgrow their space and have nowhere else in DTSS to move to (thanks to our extremely low vacancy rates, both residential and commercial).

Anonymous said...

I live outside of DTSS in NPS (National Park seminary) and commute to Hanover, MD for work. Im a defense contractor doing software/hardware development. How can SS, and the surrounding areas, attract and keep defense contractors? I interviewed with some companies in NoVa and will never do that commute as long as I can help it.

Anonymous said...

My guess would be that a number of defense contractors will start dying out or cutting positions. That seems much more likely an issue for the region than a continued shuffle between MoCo and NoVa. Gov. McDonnell may think he's the shit, but if the Pentagon budget get slashed it'll become obvious real quick that Va.'s success is largely due to a decades of bloated defense budgets and a couple of extremely long wars.

Anonymous said...

We should also get more "real" architecture from Shalom Baranes when the north parcel of Falkland Chase is redeveloped at E-W Highway & Colesville Road. The owner/developer Home Properties is going before the planning board on January 19 for a site plan review for this massive project which includes 1,250 apartments and 70,000 sq. ft. of retail including a grocery store (Harris Teeter, though I'm not sure if that's been finalized yet).

Click here for the Planning Board report. Warning--big PDF! (scroll to page 6-15 for the renderings).

Anonymous said...

I hope we don't get any more "real" architecture as this Shalome stuff. It's another grid, no different than the 1970's modernist beauties that destroy any sence of place old Silver Spring has. Bring us development, but make it something that won't be universally despised in 10 years once the new shine wears off.

Betsy22 said...

The north parcel Faukland Chase development looks fine, but I just hope that they don't shut down the sidewalk on that section of East West highway in the years it takes to build the thing....there are a hundreds of people who commute by walking on that stretch of sidewalk. Unfortunately, most of those folks are renters who probably aren't paying very close attention to planning board decisions.

Anonymous said...

Betsy, I'm sure during the construction of this massive project the sidewalk will be closed from time-to-time.

Is there something wrong with the sidewalk on the other side of East West Highway? I'm sure if someone regularly makes the walk from the transit center/DTSS every day, they would be more than capable of crossing the street to get to a safer sidewalk.

AOADCMETRO said...

In response to: One thing I don't get - what exactly do they mean when they claim the building will feature a "state-of-the-art theatre"

-I used to live in a really great high rise that had a movie theater downstairs only for residents. It was free to use and we could bring our own movies or use theirs. We also got to use their popcorn machine and sat in those awesome movie theater seats. It was also available for rental if you wanted to rent the whole place out with people who weren't in the building. We just had to show our ID to watch the movies and reserve it with the concierge unless they were showing something for the tentants then we had to watch what they were showing.

I suspect it wil be something similar.

belinskaya said...

@Anonymous 2:43:

The sidewalk on the other side of East West Highway is not handicapped accessible - there's a staircase at the corner with 16th street. While I'm not sure how many people with mobility issues go through the intersection frequently, I know there's a lot of strollers on weekends and people with granny carts going to Giant, so the stairs are at least a pain in the arse and at worst, will severely impact some people's commutes.

Clancy said...
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Clancy said...

I've been wanting them to do something about the stairs/accessibility problem on the opposite side of E-W for years. Got my hopes up a few times when the SHA and surveyors were out looking it over, but nothing ever came of it (at least as far as the stairs are concerned).

If the sidewalk is to be closed on the north side of E-W for the construction, something will have to be done on both corners on the south side of the 16th St. intersection. Not only are there 10 steps down to the sidewalk at the SE corner, there's absolutely no space to stand in order to wait for the light to change. The stairs begin/end at the curb. On the SW corner, there's a bit of a problem in that the sidewalk is oriented towards crossing E-W rather than 16th.

During peak commuting hours, there can sometimes be 20 or so people waiting to cross 16th, even if all were able-bodied and perfectly fit, these corners would pose a significant pedestrian issue if the north sidewalk was closed.

Anonymous said...

That new building looks like a jail. Who in their right mind looked at that design in the architect's office and thought, man, that's beautiful! Wow, no wonder people fear development, becasue they'll put up another turd like this.

Anonymous said...

Glad I live in Forest Glen....

Anonymous said...

Well that's a weird statement. You're glad you live in cheap 1960s build in Forest Glen as opposed to a new ultra-lux highrise in the middle of DTSS? Was it the private screening room that turned you off?

Anonymous said...

Agreed, I live just outside of DTSS and I'm not saying it's best downtown but certainly more interesting than Forest Glenn.

Betsy22 said...

If Silver Spring/Montgomery County truly want to be pedestrian friendly, then they need to do right by the substantial pedestrian population who already live and walk in the area. I understand that the developers might need to shut down the north side of the sidewalk occasionally - but that impact needs to be minimized (as in measured in terms of hours or days, not weeks and certainly not months or years of sidewalk being shut down).


As some other posters have noted, the south side sidewalk on EW highway is not handicapped/baby stroller/shopping cart accessible. Another problem w/ using the south sidewalk is that it adds two major road crossings. All of those pedestrians coming from Summit Hills and points east would have to make two additional crossings across EW Highway (five lanes of traffic) to get to the metro, NOAA, Discovery, or other job sites in downtown SS.

It's particularly bad at the intersection of EW and Colesville. Many of the cars/buses coming south on Colesville just rumble through the right turn onto EW Highway without even looking out for pedestrians.

This situation gets even worse when there are power outages and the traffic lights go out....I can speak from experience that it really is quite scary walking from the metro to Summit Hills in the dark when an evening storm has knocked out the traffic lights and there are no police directing traffic.