Thursday, May 17, 2012

United Therapeutics to Own Even More of Downtown Silver Spring

United Therapeutics, which has has greatly expanded their downtown Silver Spring presence as of late, is reportedly set to purchase from the county the parcel located at the corner of Colesville Rd. and Spring Street. The parking garage that current occupies this space abuts an existing UT building, and has been closed for some time due to safety issues. (Surprisingly, it has its own Yelp page. Who uses their limited time on Earth to rate a public parking garage?)


I'm a big fan of the existing United Therapeutics buildings, what with their skybridge and giant external TV's and all. I also like the touch of the ground lights representing individual elements from the periodic table. The planning and construction of the new building could take five years (or more, because construction delays tend to happen around here), so we won't be seeing it anytime soon. Hopefully they will choose to incorporate some street-level retail into their design.

As an aside, the story of the founder and CEO of United Therapeutics is absolutely fascinating. In addition to creating satellite radio, having a sex change, and founding a biotechnology company despite not having a life sciences background, she also commissioned an android version of her wife.



17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very cool!

DTSSER said...

Great. Who would have thought that Skynet would originate in Silver Spring?

Terry in Silver Spring said...

I've said this before on the Silver Spring blogs. I'm happy for the United Theraputics folks' success and absolutely thrilled that they not only stayed in Silver Spring after doing so well but decided to add such beautiful and interesting buildings to our area.

Anonymous said...

UT seems to be thriving, based on their financials (they're a publicly traded company, for anyone who doesn't know that). Glad to see their roots have remained in Silver Spring. With the FDA over here now maybe we'll grab another biotech or two at some point down the road?

Isayaah Parker said...

This is a smart decision. I've been wanting that ugly bleak parking garage demolished for some time now. Such a PRIME corner wasted. United Therapeutics should build a very tall, unique and innovative building there that engages the street with retail and a pocket park. It would be ideal for their own visibility and it would give them a great location as a welcome building into downtown silver spring. I hope this happens SOONER than later. They seemed to have gotten their other buildings off the ground in a quick manner (for montgomery county standards)

Rebecca said...

I live across the street from this hideous garage, and am thrilled to hear that United Therapeutics will purchase the parcel. I mean, I'd obviously prefer a Trader Joe's or something (hey, a girl can dream), but as long as the site design is as sweet as the rest of their complex, this is good news!

On a related note, has anyone heard if United Therapeutics has leased any of their planned retail space?

Vagrarian said...

Maybe they should open a Cheesecake Factory and some bars in the garage?

(Sorry, it seems that a comment thread for SSS is naked without someone ranting about opening a Cheesecake Factory and some bars in DTSS....)

Anonymous said...

lol, quit it Vagrarian! Your sarcasm will anger the Cheescake Factory gods! There was/is quite a heated exchange re this (EYA development, not cheesecake)on Just Up the Pike.

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