Despite Silver Spring's First Baptist Church building at the corner of Wayne and Fenton being ultra-historic*, it will ultimately be torn down and replaced with a new mixed-use development that will include 230 residential units and 30,000 sq ft of retail, along with a brand-new church.
The current plan was shared last night at a "pre-submittal community meeting" and reader J.T. was kind enough to share the photos he took of the latest renderings:
Conspicuously absent from the design is a skybridge spanning Fenton street and connecting to the future Silver Spring library. Clearly, this is a major oversight on the part of the developer. How are people expected to get to the other side of the street without one?
*The existing church was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on a commission from Jesus himself. Plus, George Washington slept there. Twice.