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Reports: Church to Be Part of Fenton Street Mixed-Use Development

Greater Greater Washington writes that Silver Spring's First Baptist Church struck a deal with a local developer.

"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. 

Read more at Greater Greater Washington

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