Friday, March 16, 2018
County Executive Ike Leggett released his proposed budget yesterday, and it includes not a dime of tax relief for residents now paying the highest taxes in County history. No property tax cut, no energy tax cut - not even a rain tax cut! Property taxes will increase automatically; unless the County Council changes Leggett's proposed tax rate, you will be guaranteed to have a higher property tax bill.
Happy Tax Paying from Montgomery County!
Thursday, March 15, 2018
|Just some of the mature forest that|
will be felled along the trail
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Public process to
begin in spring
Takoma Park residents living near the Montgomery College Takoma Park campus should get ready to weigh in on the design of a new Math-Science building. Montgomery College has announced it has chosen a firm to design it. The new combined-use building will be located at the corner of Fenton Street/Albany Avenue and Takoma Avenue.
SmithGroupJJR previously designed the Cultural Arts Center on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, and the Holy Cross Germantown Hospital located on the College’s Germantown Campus. They also have experience with projects that are adjacent to residential neighborhoods. That was a key factor in their selection, Montgomery College VP of Facilities and Public Safety Marvin Mills said.
Nearby residents have bristled at some of the college's past construction plans. A public charrette process led by DC-based LINK Strategic Partners this spring will give residents a chance to comment or suggest changes. The designs show here are preliminary massing renderings from the campus master plan.
Once a final design is chosen, Mills said, the college anticipates construction to start in December 2019. The building would then be expected to open for classes in the fall semester of 2022. Hopefully they can come up with a design that fits with the fantastic architecture of the 1960s-1970s-era buildings on the campus. Like the City of Takoma Park itself, it is a beautiful campus, and those designs were so very appropriate for the suburban residential environment it is located in.
Monday, March 12, 2018
The showroom is well-lit and modern, with a large selection of home furnishings. There is another store called Furniture Place at Iverson Mall, er, "The Shops at Iverson," in Hillcrest Heights, but the logo is completely different from the new Wheaton Plaza store's. It is a vintage-style logo - does anyone know how many years that Hillcrest Heights Furniture Place store has been there? I'm curious if the logo is meant to be a retro throwback, or if the store has been there for decades.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Suspect accused of
MoCo sex trafficking
Montgomery County police are searching for a suspected MS-13 gang member who has been known to hang out at the Home Depot in Aspen Hill as a day laborer. According to ABC7 News, detectives believe 24-year-old Jose Molina Arevalo (alias "Malandro") was involved in a slew of violent crimes in Wheaton, Kensington, and elsewhere in the D.C. region.
Arevalo is 5'4", weighs 140 pounds and in the past has worn an eyebrow ring and earrings in both ears. If you see Arevalo, or know where he is, police warn he is considered armed and dangerous. They recommend you immediately call Detective Dan Krill, of the Montgomery County Police Robbery Section, at (240) 876-0418.