Monday, January 30, 2012

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- The Post has published a list of properties, many of which are located in Silver Spring, that will be either partially or fully condemned as a result of Purple Line construction. Presumably this list has been on display at the state planning office in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'. Of course, these homeowners and businesses have nothing to concerned about, as the chimerical Purple Line has no chance of being constructed during their lifetime.

- Who would have thought that a post about the generally-unloved Skew Works closing would elicit 46 comments (and counting)? There were some arguments that Skew Works' location was detrimental to business, but Ghar-e-Kebab, located just a few doors down, was able to more than double the size of its dining area last year. This kind of belies the location argument a bit - I think if its food was better, Skew Works would still be around today.

- The Hilton hotel on Colesville road had recently been renovated and re-branded as a DoubleTree.

- Hey Groupon, don't think no one noticed that you had multiple offers for businesses in "Silver Springs" a couple weeks back, even though some of the descriptions have since been corrected. Plus, this movie theater IS IN WHEATON.

- The February issue of Washingtonian Magazine (the one with the giant pot leaf on the cover) features a "Best of Silver Spring" section. Washingtonian doesn't generally make current content available online, but 8407's Facebook Wall has a preview of the first page.

- The parcel of land at the corner of Thayer Avenue and Fenton Street is up for auction next Monday. The auction will be held "on the premises". Does that mean in the old gas station?


Let's hope the buyer does something with this area ASAP. Right now, the weedy lot is nothing but an eyesore. Of course, any new plans could be indefinitely stalled if the service station is deemed 'historic'...

(Thanks to anonymous commenter on the last post for the tip).

- Radio One recently installed a sign on the building that houses their Georgia Avenue headquarters.

- Is Ike Leggett trying to kill the Metropolitan Branch Trail between Silver Spring and Takoma Park?

- UDPATE: Thank you to another anonymous commenter for pointing out that a La Madeleine will be opening downtown.



32 comments:

Michelle said...

Wheaton is Silver Spring. I'm not sure why this blog insists on differentiating. It is the name of the metro stop, the name of the neighborhood... it is still Silver Spring. Frankly, I think Silver Springers should be psyched to include it in our town not push it out... some of the best food in town is there!

Jerry A. McCoy said...

Former gas station on sw corner of Thayer and Fenton "historic?"

No.

Weller's directly across Fenton?

Yes.

Anonymous said...

apparently the Jebus former-Chevron is now a BP. did someone else buy the station or did the owner find a new parent?

Anonymous said...

should have looked before asking -- seems the owner just found a new parent: http://beltwaycarcare.com

Anonymous said...

"I think if its food was better, Skew Works would still be around today."

Agreed, but the fact that the building is pulled so far back from the street is a huge handicap. Ditto for the Ceviche space - if people can't see into a place, it has the odds severely stacked against it. That's why smart urbanism is so important and builds like the Crescent make you want to smack your head against a wall.

Sligo said...

Weller's is one of my favorite buildings in Silver Spring. I'd be sad if it went away.

Anonymous said...

Weller's is a great building, but it sure would be nice if some of the broken windows, etc. were replaced at some point...the current owners seem to be going out of their way to cake their gem in dirt.

Isayaah Parker said...

They better not deem that dilapidated auto repair lot historic! (The District enjoys making such things historic so lets not follow their lead) This is a PRIME EXAMPLE of what I was saying on the other post. This project was suppose to be a mixed use 9 story building according to a 2008 article, and it got SHELVED of course and now it's 2012. Prime location! Finally, "Silver Spring" postal addresses have a monopoly in Maryland. I agree with Silver Spring Singular mainly because Wheaton has it's own PERSONALITY and should be given credit with it's own name sake. It would be rather confusing to say "I'm going to Silver Spring to the mall" Ok which mall? City Place or Westfield?

Anonymous said...

@Jerry McCoy

"The County Executive submitted a FY13-18 CIP Budget that would remove all construction funding for the trail. I suggested in that post that the underlying problem was foot dragging at MCDOT. But Councilmember Hans Riemer says the main problem is that the owners of the historic B&O Station, Montgomery Preservation Inc., is now refusing to grant trail access across the station property."

Hey Jerry, the Montgomery Preservation Inc (MPI) website lists you as one of the Directors.

Can you explain the absurdity of MPI's refusal? BTW, I read the link below and the stated rational by MPI is absolute garbage.

http://www.silverspringtrails.org/?p=1870

Anonymous said...

Sure, the housing crash shelved some projects and others took their place. I imagine financing's still a huge hurdle these days, so hopefully a large developer with proper resources snaps up this property. I'd love to see the piece of crap demoed real quick.

Clancy said...

Looks like the Rite Aid on E-W is a total condemnation for the Purple line.

They have plans to put a high rise on that corner still, right?

Anonymous said...

The shopping center at the corner of 16th and Spring is history, too. There will be a Purple Line station there and I hope the site is appropriately redeveloped. In the "perfect" world, 16th street would be turned back into an urban boulevard instead of the highway it feels like now. Not sure how they'd do that since there has to be a bridge over the tracks.

Anonymous said...

"the shopping center at the corner of 16th and Spring is history, too..."

so everything in the shopping center with Silver Spring Garden is gone?

Anonymous said...

where is the Le Madeline opening?

Anonymous said...

8435 Georgia Ave. It is the building facing the intersection of Wayne and Georgia with a little circle park in front of it (calm down people.) I hope they are expecting a lot of foot traffic because there is absolutely no parking besides the garage across the street.

Justafed said...

La Madeline is slated to be at 8435 Georgia.

But far more intriguing to me is the fact that 8501 Georgia is slated to be totally condemned for the Purple Line. That would be...Office Depot. Really? Wow.

Perry said...

That's certainly odd. I thought they always wanted the line to go from Wayne Avenue and then south to Fenton (underneath the library) and then west to Bonifant. There's no reason for Office Depot to go anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Yeah...8501 Ga. makes exactly zero sense. That has to be an error/typo.

Anonymous said...

I also noticed a few odd addresses in the list of full/partial condemnations. I think in some cases it's not the actual address to be condemned, but the address of the owner or partnership that owns the condemned property. This is exactly the kind of reasoning why the MTA has cautioned repeatedly that the list is preliminary and doesn't have enough detailing. Nonetheless, many in "the community" are making assumptions and jumping to conclusions about the calamity that surely must be forthcoming for those poor people who will have 2' of their frontage shaved off. You should see the fear mongering already going on the SOECA listserve (oh the horror! MTA has condemned Springvale Terrace! Where will the old people live! All not true, of course).

Anonymous said...

Or it could be there are more than one possible route.

Anonymous said...

On the list of land to be condemned/taken/bought/whatever for the Purple Line is a piece of land owned by Summit Hills. I can understand Falkland Chase losing some ground. They're right there beside the tracks. Summit Hills consistently has something substantial between the property and the tracks. I don't understand why they'd be losing land.

Anonymous said...

Beyond the Silver Spring/MetBranch trails blogs (and small reference by Sligo), does the MetBranch trail issue in SS not deserve more discussion and attention? It's pretty freaking ridiculous what's going on....or not going on for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Query as to the "As-is, Where-Is" disclaimer in the auction notice. Isn't "where-is" kind of a given when dealing with real estate?

Anonymous said...

Nonetheless, many in "the community" are making assumptions and jumping to conclusions about the calamity that surely must be forthcoming for those poor people who will have 2' of their frontage shaved off.

It's easy to be sarcastic about something like this when it happens to other people.

Anonymous said...

I'm being sarcastic at the exaggeration and fear mongering. Seriously...the rumor mill was that Springvale Terrace and houses on Wayne were going to be torn down (as well as some supposed incursions INTO SOECA). And as far as 'other people', how do you know that I don't live within a stone's throw of the purple line route? I do, and I support its development.

Anonymous said...

"A stone's throw." Does that put you among the people who might have a portion of their yards shaved off, or are you far enough away from the route not to worry about that? I expect it's the latter, which would account, but only in part, for your smug dismissal of other people's concerns.

Anonymous said...

The purple line cutting into people's yards is pathetic. If they aren't compensated for their loss, this will be ridiculous. I don't know about you, but if I owned a home that stood to lose some front yardage so a train can come through I'd be fighting tooth and nail against it.

Anonymous said...

"If they aren't compensated for their loss, this will be ridiculous."

Huh? Of course they're compensated. You've seriously never heard of eminent domain?

Anonymous said...

It's not that I haven't heard of eminent domain; rather it's that the county will surely offer them something that will be below the value. So how much value could 2' have? Considering a train is going to be passing through, I'd say the compensation would have to be pretty high....

Anonymous said...

The train isn't going to be passing through the 2 feet in most any of the cases (if any at all). In most cases it just to expand the road so no lanes are lost. By law and definition the owners will be compensated the value of the land.

Anonymous said...

I live in Crescent, I'm very pro purple line except for:

1. The Government will take 9 million years to build and it run 9 trillion dollars over budget
2. Budget: see point 1. Where are they getting this money? Speed cameras? More facist taxes?
3. I am very concerned about the noise level becuase they are being too cheap to build a tunnel rail. I wouldn't mind my tax money being stolen for an underground system.

Anonymous said...

When is La Madeleine opening up in SilverSpring? It doesn't look like they started construction.