You can get updates on the construction of the new Seneca Valley High School on Twitter by following @TheNewSVHS.
Yesterday they posted the photo above– looking at the outline of the gymnasium, cafeteria and auditorium.
Construction of the new building is taking place on the school’s old athletic fields. Once the new building is completed, the new athletic fields will be built where the current building stands today.
The school is expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2020/2021 school year. It will be able to hold over 3,000 students, but will likely start off with 2,400+. Seneca Valley will also be the largest public high school in the state of Maryland when it opens.
Ever since it was announced back in 2016, Top Golf Germantown has probably been the topic I’ve been asked about the most.
It was expected that Top Golf would be ready by fall of this year, but anyone who has driven by the Century Blvd./ I-270 location has probably seen that it’s still just a big field.
Today I spoke with a Top Golf representative who told me that “it has been pushed back at this time” in response to me asking if the plans have changed. Without giving me any further details it looks like 2019 will be the year Top Golf comes to MoCo (I was assured they’re still coming).
For more information regarding the Top Golf plans, as well as plans for a “Town Center Core District with a mix of residential, retail, office, and cultural uses in a compact and walkable form”, check out these preliminary plans from the Montgomery County Planning Department: http://montgomeryplanningboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Topgolf-Germantown-Preliminary-Plan-Amendment-No.-12007065B-and-Site-Plan-No.-820170010.pdf
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Early this morning I was told that the owner or manager of a current MoCo Chick-fil-A has been looking to open a new location upcounty. The new location would be in Germantown, where Bob Evans used to be located.
I was also told that previous talks to open a Chick-fil-A in Clarksburg fell through. The talks then moved to a lot next to Giant in the Milestone shopping center (Germantown), but those fell through as well.
According to the person I spoke with, the thought is that Germantown can easily accommodate two locations and that adding a second location will allow for faster service at both locations.
Don Pollo will be taking over the Old Shanghai Cafe location in Germantown.
According to their website, they’ll be opening this Spring at 21040-A Frederick Rd. in Germantown.
Don Pollo currently has two Silver Spring locations, one Rockville location, one Gaithersburg location, and two Bethesda locations.
They’ll be opening another restaurant in Vienna this summer.
A fourth car has driven into a storefront in just over a week in Montgomery County.
Earlier today a car drove into Express Pharmacy on S Frederick Rd in Gaithersburg. Luckily, there were no injuries.
Last week an accident caused an Orkin vehicle to drive into Chipotle in Germantown. Soon after, a car drove into Taste of New Orleans in Darnestown. A few days back, a car drove into Richey & Co. Shoes in Rockville.
I had brunch at Barking Mad Cafe at Spectrum Town Center today and was able to get an update on a few new spots that will be opening up by the end of the year.
ViVi Bubble Tea, a New York Based bubble tea chain, will be opening soon. They currently have over 30 locations nationwide, most being in New York. The closest ViVi Bubble Tea location is currently in Falls Church.
Per the Spectrum website, “Smooch! Studio is a unique boutique for everything makeup. Create your signature colors with custom formulated lipsticks, glosses, and foundations while you wait! Smooch offers a full line of makeup and skincare products, as well as tips, tricks, and how-to’s to help you bring out the beautiful you! “
I don’t know much about UU Hotpot & Kebab. It’s an interesting combo as hot pot is typically East Asian cuisine and kebabs are more of a middle eastern thing, but it brings two type of cuisine together. The company’s principal address is in Kensington and they filed in late 2016.
Why is it called Germantown?
German immigrants (and immigrants from other countries) set up shop in the agricultural village when a road was created to connect Neelsville and Darnestown in the 1840s.
According to the Germantown Historical Society, the crossroads of Clopper Rd. and Rt. 118 (where the German immigrants had their stores) became known as “German Town” because of the heavy accents of the people in the area.
WalletHub, a D.C. based personal finance website that has branched into producing research reports and surveys on topics with varying degrees of relevance to personal finance, has come out with their 2018 ‘Most and Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in America’ list.
Each area was examined based on ethnicity, race, language, and birthplace. Though Jersey City, NJ, came in first, four MoCo areas were included in the top 10.
Gaithersburg came in 2nd, Germantown came in 3rd, Silver Spring came in 4th, and Rockville was 9th.
Read the whole WalletHub report here: wallethub.com/edu/cities-with-the-most-and-least-ethno-racial-and-linguistic-diversity/10264/
Kung Fu Tea will be opening their fifth MoCo location when their new store in Germantown opens at the Fox Chapel Center.
It will be located next to Dino’s Barber Shop.
Kung Fu Tea currently has locations in Bethesda (Montgomery Mall), Pike & Rose, Rockville, and Clarksburg (Premium Outlets), and over 150 nationwide.