Making Silver Spring even better
October 7, 2014
What would YOU like to experience in Downtown Silver Spring?
To discuss this topic, I am pleased to announce that the Montgomery County Planning Department, in partnership with my office and the Silver Spring Regional Center, will be hosting three design workshops focused on “placemaking” strategies for Downtown Silver Spring.
Over the past 10 years, county, state and private investment has transformed Downtown Silver Spring for the better. But there is still work to do. Do you have ideas for how we can make Silver Spring a better place to live? Attend our workshops and put your ideas on the table, hear what others have to say, and get involved!
This process is a new way of using our planning capacity, and I hope that it will succeed and become a model for other parts of the county.
What: WMATA Transit
Where: 8787 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
When: Wednesday, October 15,
We have put together the following three workshops:
The session will examine enhancements such as temporary short-term green space and bike facilities as well as improving pedestrian experiences from the Transit Center to Downtown Silver Spring via Wayne Avenue.
Workshop B – October 29, 2014 5-7pm, Denizens Brewing Company
Focus on the community character of the Ripley District and the pedestrian experiences in the area to heighten community identity within the district. Creating a civic green space within the area will also be considered.
Workshop C – November 5, 2014 11am-1pm, TBD
We will examine the areas immediately surrounding the proposed Purple Line station in Downtown Silver Spring. These areas are slated for high density development. Participants will explore design options for the redevelopment of the Metro Plaza site (located on the northeast corner of East-West Highway and Colesville Road), a prominent gateway to Downtown Silver Spring from the District of Columbia. So that redevelopment can proceed in a manner best suited to this location, the workshop will address transit support structures and streetscape enhancements aimed at improving pedestrian connectivity.
Hope to see you there!