The Dirt: Late November 2015

Boom. Keeping it moving! I’m a writing machine.

Silver Spring: still awesome. The world has been shook by the news of Fenton Street Market’s departure from Veteran’s Plaza. It reemphasizes the diffusion of attention to other areas of Silver Spring besides the intersection of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive. While Ellsworth Place is bringing new indoor shopping on Ellsworth Street, development is running rampant throughout the surrounding areas.

With a Rite Aid about to move into the old Wells Fargo/Long & Foster on Georgia Avenue in the Zalco Building, and several ready, yet empty, retail spaces on Cameron street, there could emerge another shopping area. The Octave promises new condos across the street from Fenwick Beer & Wine, and that’s only the first of several buildings to be redeveloped, including Alexander House.

All of that being said, what is Silver Spring still missing? What types of businesses would help round out the offering? A few things I’d still like to see: a bigger skate park, a full fledged bakery, and a parking garage rooftop park. What about you?

On to the updates:

Fenton Street Market (Address TBD) – Fenton Street Market is moving from Veteran’s Plaza. The very last date that you’ll be able to patronize them in that location is December 19. For any noobs out there, this is actually the second time FSM has moved. The original location used to be in the parking lot at Fenton Street and Silver Spring Avenue. FSM Boss Lady and Silver Spring Inc homie, Megan Moriarty, has a few potential locations, but is still exploring all of her options for 2016. If you’ve got a great spot, let her know. In the meantime, FSM has tons of great shopping options for  December.

Sligo Cafe (923 Sligo Avenue) – Sligo Cafe recently closed their doors to revovate. New owner, Jung-Ah Park is turning the cozy restaurant into a Korean joint with hopes of opening in December. Check out their Kickstarter campaign if you want to help make that happen.

**Correction (H/T Woodsider) 8621 Georgia Avenue – An as of yet unnamed 16 floor, 292-unit with ground floor retail has broken ground. This was originally posted as the Lee Development Group’s new offices.

Pete Tan
A DC Native, people say I'm rude and abrasive; I say I'm passionate. I've been working in marketing since 2005. My brothers and I paid Geppi's rent through the 80s and 90s. My relief at an indoor wavepool never materializing in Silver Spring is balanced by my disappointment that City Place has dozens of shuttered storefronts. I love what you've done with your hair.

  • Woodsider

    That’s not the Lee Development Group’s project. The crane at the construction site is on the adjacent property to the north. The project is a 16-story, 292-unit apartment building from developers Willco and Foulger-Pratt. The plan includes around 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail.

  • Woodsider

    part 2: your site isn’t supporting links via tag

    here’s the URL to info on the project under construction

    1. Pete Tan

      Great! Thanks, Woodsider. We’ve updated the post.

      As for comments, we’re rebuilding the site, and plan to integrate Facebook commenting into the new version, but thanks for bringing that to our attention.

  • Joung

    The new Korean restaurant is indeed much needed for DTSS. Another great addition would be a good bubble tea place. Why a bunch of the min Rockville and Wheaton but zilch in Silver Spring?

    1. Pete Tan

      A dedicated place would be good, although Lotus Cafe does have Bubble Tea.

  • lilkunta

    hello. when you rebuild the site please do not only allow facebook comments.
    i do not use facebook so if that is the only commenting method i would not be avle to participate.
    thank you

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