Friday, September 19, 2008

Revitalization Project Kicks Off - Washington Post

Thursday, September 18, 2008; GZ03

Officials, veterans and community leaders gathered last Thursday to break ground for the Veterans Plaza/Civic Building project at Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive in downtown Silver Spring.

The project, part of the final stage of the Silver Spring business district revitalization, is on the site that has been occupied the past few years by an open green covered in artificial turf that became a popular gathering place.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) and County Council member Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring) participated in the ceremony. Also taking part were Jon Lourie, chairman of the Urban District Advisory Committee; Darian Unger, chairman of the Citizens Advisory Board; and Jerry Miller, board chairman of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce.

The Civic Building is being constructed on a 1.5-acre site. In front of it will be the Veterans Plaza on about three-quarters of an acre.

The plaza will become the site of such events as the Silver Spring Swings Summer Concert Series, the Silver Spring Jazz Festival and the Magical Montgomery Cultural Fair. In winter, there will be an ice skating rink on the plaza.

The 42,000-square-foot Civic Building will host community events and house a gallery directed by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. The building also will be the home of the Silver Spring Regional Services Center and the Round House Theatre School.

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