Thursday, August 17, 2017

Tower crane installed at Solaire 8250 Georgia Avenue (Photos)

The tower crane has been assembled at the construction site of Washington Property Company's future Solaire 8250 Georgia Avenue project. The building will be the company's second in Silver Spring's Ripley District, and its fourth Solaire-branded property in the area.

With a height of 20 stories, the Solaire 8250 will hold 338 apartments and 15000 SF of retail space, including outdoor seating for dining. Parking will be located in a three-level undergound garage. Amenities will include a resort-style rooftop swimming pool and deck, cyber cafe, private courtyard, fitness center, and a club room complete with kitchen, library, flatscreen TV, fireplace and game room. Apartments will be a mix of studios and 1-and-2 bedroom units, with quartz countertops and

Lendlease is the contractor for the project, Design Collective of Baltimore is the architecture firm, and leasing of the street-level retail and restaurant space will be handled by Streetsense. Delivery is expected in Spring 2019.


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wheaton construction update: AVA Wheaton apartments (Photos)

The AVA Wheaton apartments are on the verge of delivery at the corner of Georgia and Blueridge Avenues in Wheaton. A sign at the busy corner displays just how close you are to various amenities and Metro from this location. The location of the lobby entrance and grade of the building going downhill are somewhat reminiscent of the office building this project replaced, for old timers with any nostalgia.

Developed by Avalon Bay, AVA Wheaton holds 322 units and on-site parking. There is no retail or restaurant space. You'll notice Avalon Bay has also installed some fancy new streetlamps on their side of Blueridge.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Future Olney IHOP likely going into Cheeburger Cheeburger space

The mystery of which space in Olney Village Center will become the future IHOP restaurant appears to be solved. Several sources have told me that Cheeburger Cheeburger will close there at the end of this month. They reportedly have sent an announcement of the closing plans to those on their mailing list.

Aspen Hill man missing (Photo)

Montgomery County police are asking the public's help in located a missing Aspen Hill man. Aaron Lee Jaller, 23, left his home in the 4800 block of Rim Rock Road yesterday, August 14, around 12:30 PM. He has not been seen since.

Police describe Jaller as an Asian male, about 5’7″ tall and weighing approximately 120 pounds. He was wearing jeans and a blue shirt, and carrying a black backpack.

Police and Jaller's family are concerned for his physical and emotional welfare, as he is without his needed medication.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Aaron Jaller is asked to call the 24-hour police non-emergency line at 301-279-8000.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Silver Spring construction update: Aldi (Photos)

The Montgomery County grocery showdown of the century is coming to Montgomery Hills. German grocery chain Aldi is currently converting the Staples at 9440 Georgia Avenue into a gleaming new Aldi store. Meanwhile, community favorite Snider's Super Foods is right across Seminary Road from the future Aldi.

In theory, there should be room for both stores to coexist. While the American consumer is often depicted as placing price above all factors, Aldi by nature stocks far less product than you find in the typical Giant or Safeway. So even some basic items will still only be available at Snider's, while the venerable store will also retain the advantage of its many specialty items. Snider's also carries several private brands of its own.

Aldi is currently hiring; there are application forms and a box to deposit them in at the construction site.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Police searching for suspect in Fairland armed robbery (Photos)

Montgomery County police are asking the public's help in identifying and locating this suspect in the July 15 armed robbery of the Metro PCS store at 13868 Old Columbia Pike. After the robbery around 4:00 PM, in which he appeared to have a handgun in his waistband, he fled the scene on foot.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about this robbery is asked to call the Major Crimes Division; Robbery Section at 240-773-5100.  Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or an indictment for this crime.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Newport Mill MS evacuated due to nearby gas leak

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services are responding to a gas leak in the 11300 block of Newport Mill Road near Newport Mill Middle School. As a precaution, they have evacuated the school. Washington Gas is en route to the scene at this time.