Friday, July 20, 2018

Park Valley Road Bridge to close today in Silver Spring

The Park Valley Road Bridge over Sligo Creek in Silver Spring is being replaced. It will close today, July 20, 2018, and expected to remain closed until late 2019, when the new bridge is completed. A vehicle detour will utilize Park Valley Road, Piney Branch Road and Sligo Creek Parkway, for a distance of 1.2 miles. Pedestrian and bicycle traffic on Sligo Creek Trail will be unaffected by the project.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stabbing in Silver Spring

Jonathan (Jo'Nathan) S. Worth
A man was stabbed on Fenton Street in Silver Spring Tuesday, according to Montgomery County police. Officers responded to the 8500 block of Fenton around 5:41 PM that day, and found a 24-year-old man with a stab wound to his chest. The victim is in stable condition at a local hospital. Detectives say he did not know his assailant, who engaged in a verbal altercation on Ellsworth Drive.

Jonathan (Jo’Nathan) S. Worth, age 24, from the 8100 block of Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, carrying a dangerous weapon with intent to injure, and reckless endangerment.  Worth is currently being held without bond.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wheaton Lot 13 office building expected to reach street level by Thanksgiving

Montgomery County officials say they expect construction of the new County government office building at Lot 13 in Wheaton to have reached street level by Thanksgiving 2018. The next concrete pour for the P4 level of the underground parking garage was scheduled to be completed this week. Four pours remain to be completed on that level. Once that bottom slab is completed, construction of the building's walls can commence.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Washington Gas to replace gas lines, valves in East County, Takoma Park

Washington Gas is replacing several gas valves in eastern Montgomery County, and a gas line along New Hampshire Avenue in Takoma Park. Some of the work will have to be performed at night to avoid traffic impacts, as well as to comply with federal safety regulations. Washington Gas and contractor NPL have requested temporary noise waivers from Montgomery County for this purpose.

Gas valves will be replaced at the intersection of Sherwood Forest Drive and Randolph Road near Colesville, on New Hampshire Avenue between Tanley Road and Jackson Road in White Oak, and on New Hampshire Avenue between Oaklawn Drive and Powder Mill Road in Hillandale. The valve replacements will be made over several continuous three-day periods starting on July 24, 2018, and are expected to be complete by October(!).

The gas line being replaced is along New Hampshire Avenue between Linden Avenue and Auburn Avenue, and between Kingwood Drive and Erskine Street in Takoma Park. Work is scheduled to be performed between 7:00 PM and 5:00 AM, and is expected to be completed by October as well.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Enterprise Rent-a-Car installs signage at new Wheaton location

Enterprise Rent-a-Car has installed permanent signage at their future Wheaton location. The property at 11201 Veirs Mill Road was previously a Suntrust Bank. Enterprise recently opened a similarly-prominent location on Rockville Pike.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Silver Spring construction update: Pure Barre (Photos)

There's a ways to go still on the fit-out of Pure Barre at the Central development in downtown Silver Spring. The popular fitness studio's newest location has some lighting in place, as well as lockers. It will eventually join Orange Theory at arguably the fittest apartment building in Montgomery County. You can already sign up online. When open, Pure Barre will be located at 8455 Fenton Street.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Weekend work at Lyttonsville Place Bridge

Purple Line Transit Partners has revised the upcoming work schedule for the Lyttonsville Place Bridge. Crews are now scheduled to arrive there at 7:00 AM this Saturday, July 14, 2018. "Heavy construction" will take place between 9:00 AM and noon that day at the bridge.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Silver Spring construction update: Solaire 8250 Georgia Avenue (Photos)

Since my last update, the Solaire 8250 Georgia Avenue project has risen to a downright imposing height.  You can finally see it rounding into the form promised by the early renderings. This is Washington Property Company's second project in downtown Silver Spring's Ripley District, and their fourth Solaire-branded property in Montgomery County.
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 underground 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.
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, and as best I can tell from street level, it looks like they are on-schedule at this point.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MoCo invites Silver Spring to test new trash cans, benches

Montgomery County government is asking the public to test new models of public benches and trash cans. Samples of both are on display at Royce Hanson Park, at the Park & Planning headquarters, located at 8787 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring.

Based on public feedback, the Planning Department will make final decisions on the type of benches and trash cans to adopt in the new Silver Spring Streetscape Standards. Test drive each for fit and finish, form and function.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Dip N Rolls for sale in Silver Spring

Dip N Rolls, a popular deli and cafe at 8737 Colesville Road in downtown Silver Spring, is available for sale. The owner is planning to retire, and the business is being offered at $150,000. Their current lease runs through Halloween 2025.

The restaurant has been profitable serving breakfast and lunch. Add in the potential for dinner and late night hours, along with United Therapeutics' Unisphere opening this year across the street, and this could be a very promising opportunity for an aspiring restaurateur. Dip N Rolls remains open for business.

Friday, July 6, 2018

What's next for Wheaton? MoCo officials, county exec candidates to answer July 18

The Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee, in conjunction with sponsors the Wheaton-Kensington Chamber of Commerce and the Ana G. Mendez University, will host a forum called, "What's Next for Wheaton?" on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 6:00-9:00 PM at Ana G. Mendez University, located at 11006 Veirs Mill Road #L1 (at Wheaton Plaza). District 4 County Councilmember Nancy Navarro, planning officials, and County Executive candidates will listen to community feedback, and then share their thoughts and plans for the future of Wheaton.

A survey has been posted online for community members to fill out in advance of the forum. It should be noted that, as the forum is hosted by WUDAC, the focus appears to be more on the Wheaton business district, as opposed to the top concerns of Wheaton's residential neighborhoods. Most questions on the survey are related to Lot 13, Reedie Street, and whether you think the planned Arts and Cultural Center should be located in the urban center of Wheaton. However, there is no reason folks cannot raise those resident concerns at this forum, even if they are not on the official agenda.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Silver Spring construction update: Astro Lab Brewing (Photos)

Patience is a virtue for craft beer lovers in Silver Spring, as Astro Lab Brewing continues to painstakingly turn an old building at 8216 Georgia Avenue into a destination brewery. They've received their brewing equipment, which includes a 15-barrel brew house, fermenters, and a brite tank. These were acquired from ABS Commercial in North Carolina.

Over the last month, the owners have been preparing the steam piping and boiler for connection to public utilities. Utilities have been one of the time-consuming parts of the construction, but Astro Lab finally received approval of permits to dig in the right-of-way on Georgia Avenue and Ripley Street, for brewery-level water, gas and electric power upgrades.

The owners are hoping for a late August opening, so keep your fingers crossed. As you can see, they are still working hard on the facade of the building, as well.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Lina's Diner & Bar closed for summer break

Lina's Diner & Bar is taking the rest of this holiday week off for a summer break. The popular restaurant, located at 8402 Georgia Avenue, will reopen for dinner on Monday, July 9, 2018.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Macdara's Grille opens in Wheaton

Macdara's Grille opened yesterday at 2405 Price Avenue in Wheaton. Their special grand opening celebration continues today. The first review posted on Yelp is a five-star review. You may know the owner from Flanagan's Harp & Fiddle in Bethesda.

Lewi Cafe to open July 9 in Silver Spring

Lewi Cafe will open next Monday, July 9, 2018, at 911 Bonifant Street in downtown Silver Spring. The cafe will offer a unique experience for coffee lovers, as the first U.S. farm-to-coffee cafe from Lewi Organic Coffee Farm in the Keffa province of Ethiopia.

Lewi describes the unique flavor of their Ethiopian coffee beans as complex, with "a pungent, winey quality and a distinct wildness in their acidity." You can see the cafe's menu below. Lewi Cafe is located in the ground floor of The Bonifant apartments, near the Silver Spring Library.