The Falkland Chase apartments in Downtown Silver Spring are a historical landmark and one of the best examples of affordable housing in the area. When I was growing up and living in Georgian Towers, I always imagined how nice it would be to live there and have a yard.
However, the last bastion of park-like living in the city might be coming down, as Silver Spring Scene reports there are plans to tear out a section of the complex to build what is dubbed "the largest development in Downtown Silver Spring," a series of high-rises with over a thousand apartments (which would still be fewer apartments than at Summit Hills or the Blairs) and a slew of retail, including a Harris Teeter.
I stand by my pro-development statements, but I am very skeptical of this proposal. While the health of Downtown Silver Spring is reliant on some redevelopment, I'm not sure whether it has to happen there. Empty parking lots abound in the business district and across the border in D.C. Speaking of which - why hasn't D.C. gotten a piece of the Silver Spring revitalization? Let's spread the wealth and spare the Falklands, huh?