Courtesy of Greater Greater Washington.
A strip mall turned into a multi-acre park? It could happen reports Greater Greater Washington.
Based on a tweet from the chair of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, a new park is in the works as part of the plans to redevelop a site near the Metro station, at the corner of the East-West Highway and Colesville Road (map). The site is currently home to a 27-acre mixed-use complex known as The Blairs; the potential redevelopment would replace a parking lot with a grassy park, and put high-rise apartments above a shopping center.
GGW reports that the plans are still very hypothetical, but the tweet announced that public meetings will be held in 2013 to discuss the possibility. There will be several opportunities for public input before the plan becomes a reality.
For rapidly developing areas, parks are sometimes an afterthought; for example, NoMa planners seemed to have forgotten to add them in. Turning a parking lot into green space seems like an idea that will attract plenty of fans.
This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/new_park_could_be_coming_to_silver_spring/6343
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