"Mixed-use" developments typically mean rental units, restaurants and retail. Now, in downtown Silver Spring, add religion.
Greater Greater Washington reports that First Baptist Church, a congregation with decades-old buildings at Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue, has partnered with a developer to swap its current location for a spot within a new construction.
Here's what the website writes about the plan:
That's why the church has partnered with developers Grosvenor Americas and LaKritz Adler, who propose replacing the church (PDF) with a 6-story, 259-unit apartment building with 18,650 square feet of ground-floor retail space and an underground parking garage.
A new, 29,000-square-foot church, containing a sanctuary, classrooms and a day care center, would be built next door. Between them would be a mid-block pedestrian passage with landscaping and public art.
Montgomery County's Planning Board will take up the preliminary and site plans for the development Thursday.