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…
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, June 29, 2012
Burtonsville’s upcoming Squisito will be the Annapolis-based company’s first venture into Montgomery County.
Although Squisito is a chain of sit-down pizza restaurants based in and around Annapolis, the franchisee of the company’s upcoming Burtonsville location is a Montgomery County native. The restaurant in Burtonsville Town Square is scheduled to open the first week in July. “Just call me Kensington Johnny,” John Minnick, franchise owner of Squisito in Burtonsville, said with a laugh. He lives in Edgewater, but he’s got deep roots in the county. Minnick grew up in Kensington, where his older sister was part of Albert Einstein High’s first graduating class. After he graduated from the high school, he joined the Marines. He served in the military for eight years. Returning to Montgomery County, he lived in Forest Glen and owned a hardware store …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The Frederick, MD-based chain of chicken and burgers cleared one hurdle last week. Now, they head to the Board of Appeals.
The last hurdle to building a drive-thru restaurant at Burtonsville Town Square is near for Roy Rogers, the Frederick, MD-based chain known for chicken, big burgers and roast beef sandwiches, all under one roof. Plamondon Enterprises, on behalf of the restaurant, will present its case to the Montgomery County Board of Appeals on June 29. Last week the Montgomery County Planning Board voted to approve the restaurant's petition for a drive-thru with conditions. The building is to be constructed near Capital One bank in the shopping center. 'Like' Colesville Patch on Facebook for more business and development news! The first condition ensures that the plans that were shown to the planning board (attached to this story) will be followed. The…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Remaining vacancies in Burtonsville Town Square to be filled soon, shopping center owner said.
Petco will be the newest retailer to open up shop in Burtonsville Town Square, owner Chris Jones told Patch Wednesday. The national pet supply chain signed a lease with BMC Property Group, the company that manages the shopping center. Petco will occupy 9,300-square feet of the center, next door to Montgomery County Liquor and Wine. The store should be open sometime next year, Jones said. Native Marylanders will also be happy to know about another potential lessee--Frederick, MD-based fast food chain Roy Rogers. The company will appeal to the county planning board on June 21 to allow for a drive-thru at Burtonsville Town Square, Jones said. If the special exception is granted, the company will build on space near Capital One Bank. As for …
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The restaurant does not have a firm opening date, but will open "before July 1," according to the owner.
The wait for Squisito, a dine-in only pizza restaurant in Burtonsville Town Square, is almost over. Franchisee John Minnick said the business will open to the public "Before July 1," although no firm date has been set. The Burtonsville Squisito's will be the local chain's ninth location, but the first in Montgomery County. Eight other locations are located near Annapolis in Anne Arundel County. It will also be the first franchise for the company, which was started by Gennaro and Michele DiMeo, the former a native of Naples, Italy. Minnick said the community's excited about the business. He said he gets calls everyday from locals either trying to order a pizza or find out when it will be open. For now, the answer is just, "soon." Check …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Family-owned restaurant in Burtonsville offers upscale atmosphere and menu.
Walk into the entrance of Zen Asian Grill & Sushi and you know immediately that this is not your typical neighborhood eatery. A replica of a famed Terra Cotta Warrior from China and a glass wall of water greet patrons before they see the modern interior of the restaurant in Burtonsville. "It's cozy. It's a little bit different than your run-of-the-mill, franchised places," said diner Julie Reiner, a Colesville resident. The soaring wood, decorative art and spacious seating are inviting to people looking for an uplifting environment for their dining experience. Reiner has eaten at Zen many times and describes the food as wonderful. "My husband and I are sort of running through the menu. He does the sushi and I do all the other stuff," …
Monday, January 23, 2012
No opening date yet for Squisito Pizza and Pasta in Burtonsville Town Square.
A new pizzeria is making its way to Burtonsville Town Square, but the exact opening date is unknown. Squisito Pizza and Pasta, an Annapolis-based franchise, has leased a space in the shopping center. According to a representative from the shopping center, the restaurant is still in the permitting phase. The owner of the restaurant told Patch that the restaurant may open in the spring, but did not make further details available. Oh Snap! is a photo series from Colesville Patch. If you have a photo to contribute, send an email to email@example.com.