|Rendering of proposed open space in Studio Plaza.
Located on Thayer Avenue between Fenton Street and Mayor Lane, Studio Plaza will eventually include over 600,000 square feet of housing, offices, shops and restaurants, a hotel and a 1/3-acre public park. Monday's meeting will discuss the project's first phase, which includes 415 apartments, 10,000 square feet of retail, and an underground garage to replace the parking lot currently on the site today.
|Could this happen in Silver Spring? Photo by M.V. Jantzen on Flickr.
I've written before that the project will continue the revival of downtown Silver Spring, injecting Fenton Village with new residents, businesses and open space. I'm particularly excited by the new streets, one of which will be for pedestrians only. They're narrow and will be lined with shops, giving Studio Plaza the chance to create an intimate urban space similar to Bethesda Lane in downtown Bethesda.
Check out the full meeting announcement with more details about the project. The meeting's at 7pm at the Civic Building, located at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street.
Also, here are a few updates from around East County I found in the JUTP inbox:
|Gingold at last year's Flower Avenue Holiday Market.
- If you're tired of your current yarn, Sarah Gingold has a solution for you.
The proprietor of Think Outside the Store, a "wearable art studio" located in downtown Silver Spring, will host a Yarn Swap July 21 from 12 to 3pm at the studio, located at 816 Thayer Ave. Think Outside the Store currently holds workshops on sewing and jewelry making, but they're expanding into what Gingold calls the "yarn arts," like knitting and crocheting.
For $5 (or free with a donation of knitting needles or other tools), you'll be able to donate or pick up as much yarn as you like, while yarn artist Amina Ahmad will be there to show all the cool things you can do with leftover yarn.
For more info, check out this Facebook page.
- Finally: Do you need friends? So did Peng Wu, a busy lawyer living just across the D.C. line who wanted to meet people outside of work. That's why he started Hang Out DC, a social network for those who want to "make friends without benefits."
"DC is such a transitory city," writes Peng in an e-mail to JUTP. I hope that a platform that helps people connect face-to-face and make friends . . . would be well-received."
Hang Out DC already has 200 members and is set to launch this summer. Check out their website (linked above) or you can visit them on Twitter.