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Apartment Complex Replaces Second Avenue Post Office

The site location for the apartment complex was settled early February.

The Silver Spring Post Office——is slated to be developed into a 310-unit apartment complex by McLean-based Insight Property Group and partner Nova-Habitat.

A construction proposal outlines plans to start building the $75 million apartment complex towards the end of of 2012, according to Sarah Davidson, a partner at Insight.

Davidson said the property will be a gateway to the Silver Spring Central Business District (SSCB) and will be blocks away from convenient transportation. “Our residents will ride on Metro and walk to restaurants, entertainment and major downtown employers,” she added.

In July of 2011, the U.S. Postal Service started reviewing various locations around the nation for closure and the two locations downtown were eventually slated for closure.

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What will you do once this location closes?

jag February 17, 2012 at 03:32 PM
What is the point you're trying to make? There's demand for more housing in DTSS so the builder is adding more housing. You're trying to say that's a bad thing? Because a parking lot is better than $500K/year in property taxes added to county coffers? Because having 500 more people spending their money in SS is a bad thing? You're making zero sense in any of your posts.
ilkunta February 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
jag my point is clear. That is why I quoted you and then replied. DTSS needs a full service post office. USPS sold 2nd avenue for 7mill w/o securing a future spot. You next said all there is near SSMetro is a sea of parking lots which is why I posted the many many many apts all up and down 16th st, e w hgwy, easter ave, 13 ave, cameron, fenwick, and more are coming. I NEVER said for there to be more parking lots. & with the crackdown on housing loans, are you sure that $500k property tax is guaranteed? I def do want more bodies in DT, however is there retail for them to spend @ DT? When is City Place going to be a mall again? Restaurants closing every day, the BarnesNoble is gone. A Blair Giant grocery clerk cant even live in blairs or anywhere in DTSS bc an efficiency apt goes fro $1200 not including utilites! My post makes sense. I answered your question.
jag February 17, 2012 at 09:37 PM
"A Blair Giant grocery clerk cant even live in blairs or anywhere in DTSS bc an efficiency apt goes fro $1200 not including utilites!" EXACTLY. Do you know why that is? It's a thing called supply and demand. SS's vacancy rate is extremely low. Maybe if we continue adding thousands of units a year then sooner rather than later it'll become affordable, to an extent (a grocery clerk certainly won't ever be able to afford living a block away from the SS metro. That's just not going to happen.). And thanks for clarifying - you wish the USPS set up a new post office before deciding to close this one. That makes sense. Everything else about listing the locations of parking lots and other residential properties didn't.
Resident April 17, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Not only is the 16th street strip mall extremely pedestrian UNfriendly, all but the BlockBuster building will be torn down when the purple line goes in. SS, MD is the second largest city in the State of Maryland, and there is NO plan to have a central post office. I understand (with regret) the USPS closings in small rural towns.. but in a major metropolitan area? WHERE is our leadership??
ilkunta May 15, 2012 at 02:45 PM
@ Resident 11:53 am on Tuesday, April 17, 2012 : Not only is the 16th street strip mall extremely pedestrian UNfriendly, all but the BlockBuster ....I disagree. There are crosswalks at 16th/georgia, 16th/spring, 16th/e w highway. Additionally there is a 'pedestrian zone ahead' warning @ 16th/lyttonsville for those jaywalkers from the 8600 condos and jaywalkers from the mall.

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