- Tomorrow, the Planning Board reviews a project plan (warning! PDF file.) for a proposed building at 8621 Georgia Avenue (next to Eagle Bank) in Downtown Silver Spring. The thirteen-story tower will have 185,000 square feet of office space, about 6,000 square feet of retail or restaurant space, and a public art installation along Georgia. In addition to providing space for outdoor seating, the developer may also have to contribute money towards renovating the Fenton Gateway Park at Fenton Street and Philadelphia Avenue.
- A school in Kensington won't pay the town $2,000 a year to use a park its students were banned from using, says the Gazette. Parents of toddlers complained that students from the K-12 Brookewood School were hogging the playground at Reinhardt Park, resulting in the town placing a ban on children over 5 using it last September.
- On Sunday, students and local environmentalists will pick up trash on degraded land next to Northwood High School. The 15-acre wooded site was unmaintained and polluted after plans for a road there connecting Route 29 and University Boulevard were shelved. Northwood, along with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club, Friends of Sligo Creek and Neighbors of Northwest Branch, received a $7,500 grant to restore the land and install a nature interpretive trail and meadow there.
The initial cleanup will take place from 1pm to 4pm next to Kaplan Stadium at Northwood High School, University Boulevard at Arcola Avenue. For more info, call Jennifer Chambers at 240/893-1347.
- Apparently, Just Up The Pike is the third most-read local blog in the State of Maryland, second only to Rockville Central and, of course, Maryland Politics Watch. Congratulations! I am glad that Maryland blog readers have such good blog reading taste.