Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Car stolen from garage in downtown Silver Spring

Montgomery County police responded to the report of a stolen car in downtown Silver Spring Monday morning. It appears the vehicle was taken sometime over the night from a garage in a residential building in the 8000 block of Georgia Avenue. Another reminder to keep doors locked, and remove all valuables visible inside the vehicle cabin.

Monday, June 1, 2020

The empty shell of GameStop in Wheaton

The signage has been removed from the shuttered GameStop, which closed at the end of March. Only a shell remains of the store outside Wheaton Plaza.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Hogan extends moratorium on utility shutoffs, allows breweries to serve in outdoor seating

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan issued two coronavirus-related executive orders this morning. First, he has extended the moratorium on utility shutoffs - including internet and phone service - until July 1, 2020. Secondly, he is allowing state-licensed breweries, wineries and distilleries to begin serving customers on-premises in outdoor seating only. Hogan's order also allows third-party shipment of alcoholic beverages to consumers.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Glenmont Lidl set to begin construction soon

The race is on to see which Montgomery County community will get the first Lidl grocery store in the county. Glenmont appears to now have the advantage, as the German grocery chain is in the process of obtaining the necessary construction permits for its 2201 Randolph Road location from Montgomery County. Lidl purchased the building from Shoppers Food Warehouse when it closed.

Based on paperwork Lidl has filed with the County, they plan to gut the building inside. They will then add new interior partitions, construct a bakery facility, and build office space and a warehouse area. Great news for the great community of Glenmont!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

30 workers have tested positive for coronavirus at Wheaton Triangle construction site

Thirty cases of coronavirus among workers have complicated the final stages of construction of a Montgomery County government building at Lot 13 in the Wheaton Triangle, according to officials at the County Department of Transportation. Completion of the project has already slipped to next month from the original May 2020 projected date for "substantial completion."

The Town Square portion of the project is scheduled to be completed by next week, however. Completion of the square's performance stage and bioretention plantings are the final tasks.

MCDOT says that contractor Clark Construction now has two COVID-19 monitors on-site whose main task is to supervise that masks are worn and social distancing is practiced. There are now two entrances to the job site, where each employee is asked three COVID-19 questions when they arrive for work. And Clark has also hired a full-time cleaning staff to continuously disinfect surfaces and equipment.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mass layoffs at Sheraton Silver Spring hotel

Coronavirus continues to wreak economic havoc for business owners and employees alike in Montgomery County. The Sheraton hotel at 8777 Georgia Avenue is now laying off 56 employees. Many hotels across the country are shuttered due to the collapse of the travel industry caused by Covid-19. The modern design of the Sheraton remains the premiere architectural specimen in downtown Silver Spring, in my opinion. In terms of hotel designs, only the Pooks Hill Marriott comes close.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Charlotte Russe laying off workers at Wheaton Plaza

More fallout from the coronavirus pandemic for Montgomery County workers. Charlotte Russe announced yesterday that it is laying off 13 workers at its Wheaton Plaza store. It could be worse; the boutique's Wheaton Plaza neighbor JC Penney has filed for bankruptcy.