- The new Washington Adventist Hospital
Calverton will cost $95 million less to build
thanks to the decreasing cost of building materials, hospital president Jere Stocks told the Gazette
. That brings the cost down to a sensible $468 million. The 288-bed hospital could bring as many as 3,000 jobs
to East County when construction begins next fall; thanks to a shortened building schedule, it could be open by the fall of 2012.
- Just in case y'all think I'm ready to sell off Wheaton to Big Mr. Evil Developer Man, here's a coupon
(warning! PDF file.
) from Local First Wheaton
for 15% off purchases at any of twelve stores and restaurants in the business district. Participating businesses (you can use the coupon once
at each one) include the recently-opened DeJaBel Café
and the Little Bitts Shop
, which made this lovely Wheaton cake
at a recent event.
- The writer of a blog called Baltimore is Okay
moved to Silver Spring and declared it NOT okay
. "In fact it sucks," he writes. What, just because our mayor was just homeless
rather than someone who stole from the homeless
? It's not like they've run out of abandoned, bombed-out rowhouses for you to occupy back in Ballmer. I'll even pack your bags for you!
- Hey, it's Christmas at
City Place Mall! Those who have long since spurned the discount shopping center smack in the middle of Downtown Silver Spring haven't gotten a chance to see the annual holiday season display
. Unfortunately, Santa Claus already made his appearance
at City Place well before Thanksgiving.
- Wheaton dim-sum joint Hollywood East could re-open at soon as December 14 inside
Westfield Shopping Center
Wheaton Plaza, says the City Paper
. The Chinese restaurant left their original location on University Boulevard last spring after a spat with the landlord
. Hollywood East will be taking over a former restaurant space on the mall's first floor
, near Target.
I love Little Bits - took a great cake decorating course there a decade ago - great to see they are still thriving.
I miss Hollywood East too - though not enough to venture into the Mall should they actually do this dumb relocation there. I'd love to see them move a bit south down Georgia, Hollywood East you are welcome in the Fenton Village ;-)
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