Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Plans are in the works for a new $50 million, 6,500 seat arena near Shady Grove Metro, The Gazette reports.
Plans for a $50 million, multi-purpose arena slated to be built on an 8-acre property adjacent to Shady Grove Metro Station are being sketched by a local developer, The Gazette reports. Potomac native William Askinazi, principal for the development company D&A Sports and Entertainment, said he envisions a space "where indoor lacrosse championships could take place simultaneously with antique roadshows," according to the report. "A Taylor Swift concert could dominate the space one night, he said, and a Disney show could take center stage the next night." The project was presented to members of the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce in January, and the developers are working on a lease with WMATA, according to the report. “We’re …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Montgomery County Executive delivered the address Wednesday in Silver Spring.
Issuing his first State of the County address in four years, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett detailed new education and development initiatives, The Washington Examiner reported. Leggett (D) hopes to promote adult-level English classes to "make it easier for English-as-a-second-language residents to master the language, enabling them to get better jobs and expand the county's tax base," according to the report. The County Executive also wants to create an after-school program to help underachieving students. The proposal would "expand the current 'Excel Beyond the Bell' program—an after-school support system available in just a few middle schools in the county—to all middle schools," according to the report. Read the full text of…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
What do you think of Councilman Roger Berliner’s list of council ‘wins?’
In his last day as president of the Montgomery County Council, Roger Berliner spoke with reporters in Rockville, recounting a year that included continued budget wrangling, squabbles over Pepco's performance and steps to aid small businesses and stimulate economic development. Click here to a see a video of Berliner’s remarks. Councilwoman Nancy Navarro (D-Dist. 4) of Silver Spring took the reins as the council’s new president on Tuesday. But before he stepped aside during Tuesday's council meeting, Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Potomac outlined what he sees as the council’s greatest accomplishments during his yearlong term. Click here to read Berliner’s remarks in their entirety. The council on Tuesday also released a list of accomplishments …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Leggett: 'I believe that it’s about time.'
With Election Day looming, Patch recently sat down with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett to discuss key issues. Approaching the midway point of his second term in office, Leggett (D) reflected on the upcoming election, the state of the county and its budget, his priorities for the remainder of his second term and persistent rumors about whether he’ll seek higher office in 2014. In this second installment, Leggett discusses why he supports a vote "yes" on Question 6 on the Nov. 6 ballot in favor of same-sex marriage. Click here to view the interview's first installment, in which Leggett discussed the ballot referendum on the Dream Act, which would allow in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Leggett: To vote against the ballot question would be 'shortsighted.'
With Election Day looming, Patch recently sat down with Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. Approaching the midway point of his second term in office, Leggett (D) reflected on the upcoming election, the state of the county and its budget, his priorities for the remainder of his second term and persistent rumors about whether he’ll seek public office in 2014. In the first installment, Leggett talks about why he “wholeheartedly” supports voting "yes" on Question 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot and allowing in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Some libraries will be open longer Mondays through Thursdays and on Sundays.
Quince Orchard Library is one of five Montgomery County libraries that will offer longer hours Monday through Thursday, the county announced in a news release. Beginning Sept. 16, the following libraries will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays: The libraries’ Friday and Saturday hours will continue to be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The following libraries with Sunday hours will open at noon—one hour earlier—and close at 5 p.m. on Sundays: Click here for more information on Montgomery County Public Libraries.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Recovery Act yielded $6.7 million to repave more than 43 miles of seven county roads.
Elected officials on Monday praised the completion of nearly 43 miles of newly repaved commuter routes in Montgomery County thanks to $6.7 million in federal stimulus aid, and said more aid is needed. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) of Baltimore congratulated County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) for the county’s completion of the projects, which employed 50 people. “I’m so pleased at what Ike Leggett has done because as we bring federal money to our community, dollars are only as good if they’re well-spent in a well-focused way to solve local problems,” Mikulski said during a news conference just off the fresh pavement of Shady Grove Road at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville on Monday. The upgraded roads are: Click here to learn more …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
A proposed arena near the Shady Grove Metro station would require a master plan amendment before it could be built, according to a report by The Gazette.
Plans to build an 8,000-seat, multi-purpose arena near the Shady Grove Metro station are not without significant planning obstacles. The arena, which could be built on eight acres of Metro-owned land currently used for parking, would require a master plan amendment before it could be built, according to a report by The Gazette. Master plans are typically rewritten every 15 to 20 years, but the Shady Grove Sector Plan was approved in 2006, the report states. An amendment to the master plan is yet to be proposed. The amendment can be submitted through what is called the minor master plan amendment process. "The minor amendment process allows the planning board and county council to revisit certain aspects of a master plan and address current…
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Revived plan for an arena could add a new dimension to an area on the verge of growth.
An investor group has renewed its effort to build an arena in Montgomery County. The plan calls for an 8,000-seat arena at the Shady Grove Metro station. County officials are backing the effort. Steven A. Silverman, the county’s economic development director, told The Washington Post that the arena could solve a longstanding problem for county high schools: There isn’t a facility in the county large enough to host most graduation ceremonies. This graduation season, 21 of 32 graduations from county schools and programs are being held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, according to a news release from the county school system. The Shady Grove Sector Plan, which calls for mixed-use development centered around the Metro station, and …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Investors, backed by the county, have renewed their push for an indoor facility.
The parking lots at the Shady Grove Metro station could become home to an 8,000-seat sports arena that could host sports, concerts and graduations under a plan once again being pushed by a county-backed investor group, The Washington Post reported. William Askinazi and Tom Doyle say they have investors lined up to fund the arena's construction. They sent a proposal to build at the Shady Grove station to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority on May 22, The Gazette reported. Click here to read the full story. Askinazi is an attorney from Potomac who owns D&A Sports and Entertainment Group. The group was formed in 2006 with the aim of bringing an arena to Montgomery County, The Gazette reported. The group later won the …