SPEAK OUT: Is Silver Spring Becoming Too Developed?

Application for 7-story apartment development expected in September, according to Ann Meade, a spokeswoman for the project.


South Silver Spring and nearby Shepherd Park residents in DC voiced mixed concerns at a meeting Monday to discuss a new, 7-story apartment building being planned for the space currently occupied by Extra Space Self Storage, located at 8001 Newell St.

Comstock Homes, a Virginia-based development company, made its official project presentation to the communities that would be affected by the project.

The proposed 7-story apartment building would sit between two existing condominium buildings—8045 Newell Street and Eastern Village Co-Housing, located at 7983 Eastern Ave. The planned building is directly across from DC residents on Eastern Avenue.

Is the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring which once attracted new residents proving to be too much for current homeowners?

What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.

jag August 22, 2012 at 08:24 PM
Yes, I totally wish it'd remain a junky 1 story storage facility or that the county spent millions of dollars buying the property and turning it into a skinny "park" instead of a mid-rise residential building like its neighbors and like it's zoned for. Not.
Bruce H. Lee August 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I am so sad to see an article like this. Only 20 years ago Downtown Silver Spring had forty four 100% vacant buildings and vacancy rates were at almost 40%. You could shoot a canon off at 6:00 PM and no one would hear it (a true quote from Gary Stith). Even Doug Duncan, before he was County Executive said: “I will save Silver Spring or die trying”. How soon we forget. We now have a vibrant downtown with new folks moving in all the time. We have the transportation infrastructure to support the continued revitalization of Downtown Silver Spring. We are accomplishing the goals of many and we have a lot to be proud of and so much more to do. In this horrible economy we are beating the odds. Keep it up team! We are winning and we have a great community! Bruce H. Lee President Lee Development Group Lee Plaza 8601 Georgia Avenue Suite 200 Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 585-7000 ext. 111 Direct: (301) 565- 5421 Fax: (301) 585-4604 Email: bruce@leedg.com Skype address: BRUCEHRHLEE www.leedg.com
Ronald P. Dobransky, CPSS August 23, 2012 at 05:10 PM
I remember that they rolled up the sidewalks at 5:00 and the whole area was a little dicey if you were out at night. Buildings used to be closed and boarded up..........now there is activity and $$$ is fueling the economy for a more vibrant Silver Spring...... Montgomery County and Maryland. Silver Spring sure has come a very long way and can still handle more well thought out development. Ron Dobransky VP - Sales & Marketing - Rockville Printing Co-Founder ORIGINAL Tuesdays Networking Former Silver Spring Board Member
Woodside Park Bob August 23, 2012 at 07:15 PM
The people complaining about too much development seem to be the residents of the new condos and apartments in the area of the proposed new building, not residents of the single family neighborhoods in Maryland that surround downtown Silver Spring. There's a certain irony in that.
Michael Kanner August 26, 2012 at 04:08 AM
There is plenty of complaining about too much development from the single family homes in the District that is right across the street from the south Silver Spring community.
Jonathan Bernstein August 30, 2012 at 03:34 PM
My parochial comment is to keep build housing in south Silver Spring until Fenton Village restaurants and other businesses prompted by new residents make Georgia Avenue, Fenton, and South Silver Spring a more bustling and lively place.
Michael Bailey January 18, 2013 at 12:52 PM
I think that new development is quite necessary due to the growing population in the area, and also considering that Washington is right around the corner. it could bring in traveling tourist and upcoming business owners. besides who doesn't like liking at a new modern marvel in the area.


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