Thursday, January 31, 2013
A discussion of the county's recently updated Athletic Field Use Permit Policy has been postponed to a later date.
When the Montgomery County Planning Board meets on Thursday, board members will be in for a long day, according to the meeting's agenda. A sectional map amendement for the Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan will be voted on in the morning. The amendment would approve a change of zoning for the two shopping centers at the intersection of Route 29 and Route 198. Zoning, which was part of a plan approved by the Montgomery County Council last month, will increase the types of businesses allowed in the vacant space in Burtonsville Crossing, one of the shopping centers, left by Giant Food. Want to get caught up on plans for Burtonsville? Click here. In the morning, the board will consider a revision to a property plat in the Bethesda …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Montgomery County Council approved a neighborhood planning proposal that would lift restrictions on the struggling shopping center.
Burtonsville residents have high hopes for Burtonsville Crossing, their neighborhood's older shopping center. An informal poll by Colesville Patch showed that people want to see everything from an organic market to a gym fill the space vacated by Giant Food in 2010. Montgomery County Council approved a plan this month that will increase the types of businesses allowed in the vacant space with a different zoning designation. The Burtonsville Commercial Crossroads Neighborhood Plan, a set of ideas for the area that includes allowing the struggling shopping center to transition to a mixed-use model, was unanimously approved Dec. 4. Kristin O’Connor, senior planner with Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, began work on …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
East County legislators want to introduce a bill that would encourage property owners to upgrade businesses along Route 198.
A group of Maryland legislators wants to throw the shops in Burtonsville a lifeline—a tax credit for property owners that would help offset property taxes related to upgrading their businesses. Delegates Eric Luedtke, Anne Kaiser and Craig Zucker along with Sen. Karen Montgomery, all of District 14, announced that they have introduced a bill to help the business climate in Burtonsville's struggling shopping district. “We are working closely with the county to do everything possible to support the redevelopment of Burtonsville,” said Luedtke in a statement. “These tax incentives will encourage property owners to make improvements to their property and support existing small businesses in the meantime.” Read more about business development…
Friday, August 17, 2012
We're asking the community what businesses and services they would like to see move into empty store fronts and buildings around town.
We're back in Burtonsville Crossing for this week's "Visions for Vacancies," at the location formerly known as Pet Barn. The household animal emporium moved to Maple Lawn in Howard County last December and its old spot in Burtonsville is still empty. What do you want to see in this vacancy? Another pet store? Some sort of clothing store? A restaurant? Here are the stats: Old Pet Barn Vacant for nine months 15000 block of Old Columbia Pike, inside of Burtonsville Crossing shopping center Leased by Edens (If you have an idea for a future "Visions for Vacancies," just tell us in the comments.)
Monday, July 30, 2012
Land owners in Burtonsville want to build townhomes on their property, but the planning board says the land is too important to the area's water supply.
What does Burtonsville need to survive and thrive? If you ask Tom Norris, a resident and land owner, he'll tell you "more housing." He and a group of others who collectively own an undeveloped 40-acre tract just north of Burtonsville Crossing recently started a petition on Change.org to allow them to build on their land. The petition asks the Montgomery County Council to reject a proposal by planners that continues to outlaw substantial residential development on the acreage. Thirty-two people have signed so far. "There’s not enough people to support the shopping center, or the shopping centers, both of them are struggling," said Norris. Kristin O'Connor, senior planner with Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, has …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Sidewalks, bike lanes and outdoor gathering spaces will give Burtonsville a sense of community.
Recommendations for improving traffic and creating a more walkable community for Burtonsville are moving through Montgomery County's planning process. Previously, Kristin O'Connor, senior planner with Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, conducted a study of Burtonsville's commercial district and a rural area just north. O'Connor described the town's main drag, at Route 29 and Route 198, in the planning department's video as "a crossroads and a very vehicular dominated area." "You've got no pedestrian infrastructure, no sidewalks," she continued. "There aren't any gathering spaces of note that you would want to sit down and have your ice cream and have your cup of coffee. "It just has the roads and the pass-through …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Today’s Image Salon is latest business to leave emptying development for Maple Lawn.
Carol Willis’ Today’s Image Salon, a Burtonsville Crossing staple since 2002, will soon leave and move to Maple Lawn reports The Gazette. Stores leaving Burtonsville Crossing is nothing new. Patch has been reporting on the exodus of businesses since August 2011, and the once vibrant shopping center will be down to just nine open businesses after the imminent departure of Today’s Image Salon. A state delegate has written letters to Giant on behalf of his constituents and re-zoning and revitalization legislation passed the Montgomery County Planning Board, yet 19 spaces remain vacant. One establishment, Pepino’s Italian Restaurant is locked into its Burtonsville Crossing for the long-term. “It’s going to take three or four years,” Pepino’s …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Today's Image, a beauty salon, is the latest business to decamp the struggling shopping center.
When Today's Image, a beauty salon in Burtonsville Crossing shopping center, relocates to a new location in Howard County next month, it will leave behind just nine open businesses in the strip mall. Looking for the latest business news in East Montgomery County? 'Like' Colesville Patch on Facebook. Following a string of businesses that have not renewed leases, Today's Image will decamp to a space in Maple Lawn, a planned community just north of Burtonsville, in July. Remaining businesses include national chains like Starbucks, Burger King, Dress Barn, Radio Shack and Cheeburger Cheeburger; local restaurants Kim's Hunan and Pepino's Italian Trattoria; a cleaners and an eye doctor's office. According to Burtonsville Crossing's online …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
We're asking the community what businesses and services they would like to see move into vacancies around town.
So, this "Visions for Vacancies" is pretty simple: What do you want to see in the old KFC/Taco Bell site in Burtonsville Crossing shopping center? The building is perfect for another fast-food restaurant (what else would need a drive-thru?), so we want to know your preference. For new readers, this column highlights prominent vacancies in the area and asks you what businesses or services you would like to see occupy the space. Here are the stats: Old KFC/Taco Bell Vacant for two years 15000 block of Old Columbia Pike, inside of Burtonsville Crossing shopping center 2,525 square feet Leased by Edens (If you have an idea for a future "Visions for Vacancies," just tell us in the comments.)
Friday, May 4, 2012
A neighborhood proposal to repurpose much of Burtonsville’s commercial area clears an important hurdle.
Plans to better utilize buildings, roadways and open space in Burtonsville’s commercial center moved a step closer to reality this week. The Montgomery County Planning Board approved the Burtonsville Crossroads Neighborhood Plan on Thursday, May 3. A public hearing with the planning board is scheduled for June 7 and the recommendations will head to the County Council, one of the final steps, in July. Burtonsville became the focus of Senior Planner Kristin O’Connor in November 2010, when she began work on a vision to bring a sense of community--and business--back to the intersection of Route 29 and Route 198. Neighbors told officials last year that they wanted to see more public spaces and streets that are safer for pedestrians. The county’…