Last October, our friends at Just Up The Pike shared renderings of the upcoming White Oak Town Center (12345 Columbia Pike).
Usually these renderings are filled with generic restaurants, grocery/retail stores, etc., but these contained logos and fonts that looked very familiar.
In October we speculated based on the renderings that a Shake Shack, Morton’s, and Trader Joe’s could be headed to White Oak.
Today, BisNow has reported that Finmarc and Bernstein Management signed Trader Joe’s to anchor the first phase of the White Oak Town Center (just 3 miles away from their other Columbia Pike location).
A few of the renderings, courtesy of klnb, below.
Krazy Steve’s will open in late March at 1909 Seminary Rd in Silver Spring, in the location that was the longtime home to Armand’s Pizza.
The restaurant is owned by Stephen Adelson, who also owns multiple Carbivore BBQ food trucks and day-to-day operations will be handled be General Manager, Danny Mutany.
The restaurant is being described as a “neighborhood joint” that will deliver and cater events, and offer bbq, mac, salads, pizza, and more!
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 2019 ‘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.
Check out the whole list here.
This book, “The Postman” by Charlotte Kuh, was returned to Silver Spring Library after 73 years.
It was checked out in 1946 by the sender’s parents, who recently mailed the book back to the library.
Courtesy of Montgomery County Public Libraries.
Khyber, which will feature halal food, is coming soon to Downtown Silver Spring (904 Bonifant St.).
The restaurant is taking over the old Ecology Heakth Food market location.
Maryland Delegate David Moon, representing Silver Spring and Takoma Park, introduced a bill this week that would stop law enforcement from bringing criminal charges against residents who attempt suicide.
“Our state should treat suicide as a mental health issue instead of a criminal justice issue– but last year prosecutors secured a guilty plea against an Eastern Shore resident who threatened to kill himself.
They claimed they subjected him to possible jail time & a criminal record, because they wanted him to get help. Nevermind that we have numerous other tools to push our residents into mental health treatment.
Notably, Maryland never passed a law to criminalize attempted suicide. Prosecutors, however, can charge this crime because we are a state that recognizes English common law. Back in the day, the penalty used to be a roadside burial and the government seizing your assets. Even though England decriminalized attempted suicide in 1961, this antiquated practice lives on in Maryland. HB 77 would repeal the common law crime of attempted suicide in our state, and it's long past due.”
Senator Jeff Waldstreicher will be carrying this bill in the Senate. For more details on the proposal, click here.
Sad news out of Silver Spring, as “Urban Farmer” Charlie Koiner passed away earlier this week, according to Washington Gardener.
Charlie Koiner grew up on a farm in Rockville in the 1920s. In 1979 he purchased land in Downtown Silver Spring, where he owned and operated Koiner Farm for almost 40 years.
The urban farm, located near the Silver Spring Library at 737 Easley Street, contained beets, blueberries, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, turnips, and a lot more.
For almost four decades, Charlie would often wake up at 4:30am to go outside and tend to the garden.
Charlie was 98.
It has been confirmed that Matchbox will be taking over the American Tap Room location in Bethesda (7278 Woodmont Ave.). It’s expected to open this summer.
Thompson Hospitality, the restaurant group that owns Matchbox (as well as American Tap Room), decided to close their Silver Spring Hen Quarter location this past October. That Matchbox location is expected to next month.
Matchbox currently has a location in MoCo on Rockville Pike.
Per Montgomery County: https://www2.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcgportalapps/Press_Detail.aspx?Item_ID=22663
The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) this week began expansion of its dockless bikeshare program by making “e-bikes” available in North Bethesda and its surrounding area. The County had previously implemented a pilot dockless bikeshare program in Silver Spring and Takoma Park.
The pilot program had been in operation for about one year when the County decided to explore expansion of it. During the pilot period, adjustments to the program were made based on public input that greatly reduced the number of reported early concerns.
Town hall meetings were held in October and November to seek resident input on the feasibility of expanding the program. The bikes available in the expansion area will be operated by LimeBike. They will be pedal-assist, electric “e-bikes.” The County also has been studying a program to include e-scooters. That concept remains under consideration.
The expanded area will generally range from Seven Locks Road on the west, Montrose Road on the north, Veirs Mill Road on the east and Beach Drive on the south. More information about the expanded program, including a map of the service areas, is available at the Montgomery BikeShare website.
Representatives from two companies made presentations at the recent public meetings before LimeBike was chosen to start operation in the expanded area. The company was required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Montgomery County that spells out operational and performance requirements.
Dockless electric bikes are not allowed to operate on Montgomery County park trails and are not permitted to end trips or park in Montgomery villages and towns that do not opt into the expanded program. Those interested in using the GPS-enabled vehicles can register through a smartphone app that then allows users to locate, unlock and lock the bikes and scooters, and pay for rides. Riders must obey bicycle laws and are encouraged to wear helmets and reflective items.
The evaluation of the initial phase of the pilot program found that it was quite successful in providing short, point-to-point trips. Riders took a total of about 18,000 trips over a six-month period using bikes from the two companies maintaining operations in the pilot area. Most trips were conducted within the pilot area boundaries, though about 15 percent of trips ended in areas of the County outside the pilot area. Incidents of improper parking of the bikes reduced over time as the companies improved their “in-app” communications and users became more familiar with the rules. During a six-week observation period, bikes were found to generally be in good operating condition, without significant incidences of missing parts. During that period, most bikes observed were parked appropriately, while seven percent were parked in a way that caused an obstruction.
The report on the evaluation of the first year of the pilot dockless Bikeshare program is available at https://tinyurl.com/y8zmd8sq.
Nothing Bundt Cakes is coming to Seminary Plaza in Silver Spring (9462 Georgia Ave)!
The national chain was started by Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz in 1997 and offers specialized bundt cakes in over 175 locations across North America.
This will be their second location in MoCo, joining the Gaithersburg location (12133 Darnestown Rd).
An exact opening date has not been given, but the gourmet bakery is expected to "open soon."