WHAT'S UP THE PIKE: Calverton Elementary loses sixth grade; Blair magnet students march on Rockville; Outcry over "official neglect" of rec centers in MoCo's predominantly-black neighborhoods.
BUT FIRST: Montgomery College unveils plans to expand its Silver Spring-Takoma Park campus TONIGHT from 7-9pm at the Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center (at left) at Fenton Street and New York Avenue.
Both the Mid-County (pictured) and White Oak recreation centers, currently in planning, will be certified for their sustainable design. Renderings courtesy of Grimm + Parker Architects.
East County could be seeing a wave of green construction as two LEED-certified developments begin to take shape. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Rating Systems are a measurement of a project's energy-efficiency and sustainability. A scale of 69 points is used to rate buildings Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum, the highest-possible standard.
Developer Chris Jones is shooting for a LEED Gold designation for his Burtonsville Town Center project, which would redevelop the forty-year-old shopping center at Route 198 and Old Columbia Pike. Eileena York of East County civic group Citizens Involved announced Jones's intentions during a candidate forum hosted by the organization April 9.
The 260,000-square-foot development, first submitted to Park and Planning three years ago, would have half as much retail space as Downtown Silver Spring in as many as eight buildings. High-end grocery store Harris Teeter has been rumored as an anchor tenant, but it is "unconfirmed," according to York.
Two weeks ago, Montgomery County revealed early plans for the White Oak Community Recreation Center, to be built near the corner of April and Stewart lanes. At 33,000 square feet, the facility would become the County's largest green building and one of its largest recreation centers. It and a new Mid-County Recreation Center are currently in the design stage; JUTP could not get a hold of Grimm + Parker, the Bethesda-based firm currently working on the projects, for additional images.