Friday, December 13, 2019

Route 29 BRT platforms taking shape (Photos)

Bus Rapid Transit station platforms are beginning to appear along the route of the future Route 29 BRT line. Concrete platforms have been poured for four of the stations so far, including Burtonsville, Briggs Chaney and Tech Road. Asphalt has also been poured for a shared-use path at the Castle Boulevard station.

An earlier stage of concrete pouring at
the Burtonsville Park & Ride station site
Photos courtesy Montgomery County Department of Transportation's Division of Traffic Engineering 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

HSBC Bank opens at Solaire 8250 Georgia Avenue

The new HSBC bank branch in downtown Silver Spring has opened. It is in the ground floor of the new Solaire 8250 Georgia Avenue apartment tower.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Lane shift on Piney Branch Rd. to begin in January

Purple Line Transit Partners has announced that the eastbound lanes of Piney Branch Road in the Long Branch area will shift northward on, or about, January 13, 2020. This is to allow for Purple Line-related construction.

Two lanes will remain open in each direction despite the shift. The lanes will remain in the temporary position for at least one year, so this will be an ongoing issue.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

The end is nigh for Forever 21 in Silver Spring

Here are some final scenes from Forever 21 at Ellsworth Place mall in downtown Silver Spring. The "store closing" and "Everything Must Go!" signs are now ubiquitous in businesses across Montgomery County, where signs of the long-moribund economy increase by the day. Customers have been grabbing deals while they are available, which has been a grim upside for fashionistas countywide. Fortunately, Ellsworth Place has acquired a large tenant list of name brand fashion outlets, and should be able to weather this one closure with Burlington, Ross, Marshalls and TJ Maxx, among others.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Bus stop changes at Silver Spring Transit Center postponed until January

A set of temporary bus stop relocations around the Silver Spring Transit Center planned for this month have been postponed until January. The stops were to be moved for Purple Line construction work at the site. Montgomery County spokesperson Neil Greenberger says the County Department of Transportation will release detailed information on the temporary stop sites ahead of the January relocations.

Despite the delay, for which no explanation was given, equipment continues to arrive and preparations be made at the transit center site, including erection of what appear to be the supports for the elevated light rail track. Here's a look around the property.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Christmas at Downtown Silver Spring (Video+Photos)

Here's a look at the Christmas tree and decorations at Downtown Silver Spring. The tree this year is the "Colorbound Tree." Several local artists collaborated on the design, which combines animated light and a bursting treetop star while attempting to evoke a tall evergreen in the forest.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Aspen Hill teen missing

Montgomery County police are seeking the public's help in locating a missing teenage girl from Aspen Hill. Asucenia Martinez-Benitez, 13, of Arctic Avenue, was reported as missing by her family on November 22, 2019.

The good news is that her family has heard from her since her disappearance. The bad news, police say, is that she declined to divulge where she is.

Police describe Martinez-Benitez as a Latina, 5' tall and weighing approximately 100 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Asucenia Martinez-Benitez is asked to call the Montgomery County Police Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5400 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000 (24 hours).