Monday, June 10, 2013

Silver Spring News 'N Notes

- On a recent flight I was thumbing through the airline's in-flight magazine when I came across a large "Special Advertising Section" promoting Maryland tourism. This content would have to have been commissioned, if not produced by the state government, yet through however many stages of proofreading they still managed to get the name of one of the state's largest metropolitan areas wrong:

- Even if this type of vehicular advertising is somehow legal, it's still obnoxious. The van and its banners seem to be parked next to Veterans Plaza every weekend. MoCo regulates everything - there must be some ordinance relating to this type of visual pollution, seeing as you apparently need to obtain a permit to erect any type of signage. I expect this even qualifies the vehicle for a business tax deduction.

- The Starbucks located in the Sheraton on Georgia Avenue is open as of today, though their official grand opening (the one where they give you free stuff) isn't scheduled until the 25th.

- Has anyone tried the new curbside pickup service offered by Whole Foods? Might be a good alternative to trying to park in that lot at peak times.

- In crime news, a man was arrested for flashing women in the elevator of the Wayne Avenue garage and a suspect has been arrested in connection with the sexual assault that occurred last month behind the Four Corners post office.


Anonymous said...

Are you actually advocating for MORE regulations in the People's Socialist Republic of Montgomery county because you are annoyed by something?

Sorry, but thats seems awfully like "THE COMMUNITY" to me.

Sligo said...

I'm against eyesores of questionable legality and for the reasonable application of existing laws to have them removed from public spaces.

Anonymous said...

No Pete's update?

Sligo said...

I haven't seen anything recently re: Pete's opening date.

Anonymous said...

Pete's has said they'll open sometime in June. According to their twitter, the most recent update is they were waiting on Pepco to come out and do the final hookup (that was June 5th). Hopefully just a week or two until they're all set....

Anonymous said...

Lol I saw that same "advertising section" in a magazine on a recent AirTran flight

Anonymous said...

Anyone else notice this? Looks like that autoshop may actually get bulldozed.

Anonymous said...

900 Thayer (formerly The Adele) was approved by the Planning Board on May 30. ESSCA and the Planning staff have been trying to get better materials and details on the facades. Its not great but its alot better than Studio Plaza. Redbrick still need to get their permits - another 6-8 months.

BTW: The new apartment building in the 800 block of Thayer is about to break ground.

Studio Plaza and Baptist Church are approved and working to apply for permits.

Library Senior Residences still needs to be approved.

Anonymous said...

I follow the planning board site for updates on project/site plan applications/approvals, but is there anywhere to follow applications for the coresponding building permits, Anonymous? TIA

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if Stage Burger Bar has finally bit the dust? I haven't seen it open in a while (even last Friday night). And it looks like their website is no longer up.

If so, I'd hardly be surprised. I never saw more than 4 customers in there at a time.

007 said...

@Anonymous 4:33pm

The Silver Spring Residential building was actually approved with the stipulation that the developers improve the rear facade for the NIMBY's living in the Crescent condos. In any case they have plenty of time, because groundbreaking likely won't commence until the library is completed.

@ Anonymous 4:57pm TIA

Go to:
and search by Property Address. I haven't been able to keep up with the Studio Plaza permits since it's a very large lot and I don't know what address they're using.

The project I'm most looking at the most is 8621 Georgia Ave.

MsCt said...

According to the manager at the Columbia Heights location Pete's had an electrical setback during their "test" last week. They are looking at the last week in June for an opening pending all electrical issues being fixed by then.

Anonymous said...

Craig Ferguson just read a letter from a viewer in Silver Springs, MD. *Sigh*

Anonymous said...

Pete's? What's that?

Anonymous said...

It's a shame that Stage Burger turned out the way it did. This town is is desperate need of a decent burger place. Hopefully they'll FINALLY put a 5 guys in that spot. Or with our luck, they'll put in another ethiopian place.....or some vegan hipster crap-ola

Anonymous said...

Absolutely not surprised about the closure of Stage Burger, I went there once and was very unimpressed. Poor service, poor food. Their burger doesn't hold up at all against fuddruckers or the best.... Quarry House.

Another Burger Joint (that is good) would be nice... even nicer would be a decent sports bar.

Anonymous said...

Any chance that Ray's is opening a Hell Burger where Stage is/was? There was some rumor about something happening at Ray's a month or two ago in Todd Kliman's chat, and then there was a notice about a liquor license transfer posted in the window of Ray's a few weeks ago...

Sligo said...

So Stage Burger is def closed? I see their website is offline.

Anonymous said...

Ray's Hell Burger in SS would be awesome! Let that be true!

Anonymous said...

@ Sligo

They don't have any signs up saying so, but I can't recall walking by (at all sorts of different hours-including Friday evening) in the past two weeks or so and seen them open.

Mr. Wang said...

Stage Burger didn't make sense anyway, why would you open a burger place next to a Ray's? Duh.

Anonymous said...

No news about Capital Bikeshare coming to Silver Spring?

Also, someone from Silver Spring got beat up on the Metropolitan Branch trail.

Abigail Grotke said...

Just watched a house hunters international where the woman was moving from Silver SPRINGS MD to Paris. According to the HHS drawn map.

modelescortsmanchester said...

It's a shame that Stage Burger clad the manner it did. This city is is desperate want of a good burger place. Hopefully they will FINALLY place a five guys therein spot. Or with our luck, they will place in another ethiopian place.....or some vegetarian reformer crap-ola.

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