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Reports: Revised Studio Plaza Plans Get Nods

The Gazette newspaper reports that a plans for a mixed-use development took community concerns into account.

Plans for a slew of housing, space for offices and retail shops and a small park open to the public were generally well-received at a meeting Thursday for the Studio Plaza development in downtown Silver Spring, the Gazette newspaper reported

A representative from development company Robert Hillerson and Michael, LLC rolled out a plan that they said took prior community input into account. 

Studio Plaza will occupy part of the block that is bounded by Thayer Avenue and Silver Spring Avenue to the north and south and Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street to the east and west. 

Chair of the Urban District Advisory Committee Ernest Bland told the newspaper that he wrote to county officials about his concern for safety of walkways and that the proposed development's design "appeared to turn its back on the community."

The newspaper reported that other reviews of the revamped plans were favorable. 

Studio Plaza will likely include about one-fourth of an acre of green space between Silver Spring Avenue and Thayer Avenue, an area that is now a parking lot. The Gazette reported that the parking will move underground. 

The Montgomery County Planning Board will review the plans on Jan. 24.

Head to the Gazette's website for more on the story.

jag December 19, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Yet no one has a copy of the actual renderings. How unhelpful.
Whitney Teal December 20, 2012 at 07:28 AM
I'm not aware of digital copies of the renderings. If you're interested, keep a look out for the next community meeting, since they seem to be hosting them pretty regularly. Also, when it goes the planning board in january, PDFs with renderings will definitely be included in their submitted plans.
jag December 21, 2012 at 07:17 PM
FYI, i was able to find the renderings by following the steps below. They look pretty nice, in my opinion. Developer's drawing Can be found online at http://www.montgomeryplanning.org/development/ . Under the blue box labeled "Search the Development Activity Information Center", enter the application number 820130010. When the record comes up, scroll down and click "Search for Related Plans & Reports" and look for "Revised Plans".

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