My favorite quote, however, would have to be this one:
I had to laugh at the chart they showed for what community groups they are getting input from. The list included several local blogs, including Just Up the Pike, Good Eatin in Wheaton, and the Talk of Wheaton, but NO mention of Wheaton Calling. Where's the love, B.F. Saul???
We love you too, B.F. Saul! Hope you do something about your shopping center in White Oak soon. Have you actually seen that place in the past ten years? The only things it's got going for it is a beer and wine store and a very strange homage to the painter Magritte.
Anyway: the developer is also eyeing several other properties in downtown Wheaton, including Parking Lot 13 at the corner of Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive, which has been proposed as the site of a town square. Will Wheaton get its own version of Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring? Or does B.F. Saul have other ideas? Friend of JUTP Chip Py was at the meeting and told me that the developer's representatives were unresponsive when asked about their commitment to providing public space in their project.
In other news: Walmart will open four stores in the District within the next two years, says the Post. One of them will be in Brightwood at the corner of Georgia and Missouri avenues, barely two and a half miles from downtown Silver Spring, which actually makes it East County news as well. Can't help but be nervous about the proposal, but not because it's any threat to shops in downtown Silver Spring, none of which sell briefs and $1,000 TVs under the same roof, as far as I know. But a big box-with-parking isn't the most appropriate use for a site on a major city street that could have streetcars running down it. If they do bring a store to Brightwood, hopefully they can make it fit into a nice mixed-use complex like what was originally proposed for that location.
Like B.F. Saul, Walmart already has a nifty website to get people on board. Did you know that "the benefits of Walmart escape most of the Washington, D.C., population"? I didn't know we were so deprived!