We request that a shared community park with green space be developed on Newell Street (between Kennett St and Eastern Ave) near downtown Silver Spring. Currently, there is a proposal by Comstock Homes to tear down the existing self storage facility to build a 7-story apartment building, beginning in early 2014. While this site is currently zoned for residential development and Comstock is trying to secure the rights to develop it, this petition seeks to deny the right of any developer (whether Comstock or any future party) to build any residential development on this site.
The quality of life for many local residents and employees, including individuals, couples, families with children, and dog owners, will be greatly affected by what is developed. We request that our interests be prioritized over those of real estate developers.
A community park would provide much-needed open green space in the middle of what is already a very dense concrete jungle with several large new buildings going up right now (see map below with the site outlined in red). A new building would also further reduce street parking and space in nearby garages. Currently, our neighborhood with over 10,000 people has the greatest population density of any census tract within Montgomery County and no open space available!
With online and paper signatures, over 530 people have told the County "enough building in Silver Spring."
There are several planning, economic, environmental and aesthetic arguments that we need the County to consider. But the important thing for the County to know is that a park is what the community wants and envisions. Adding your signature is yet one more voice to demonstrate how the needs and priorities of the community should take priority over a developer's interest.
Will you please join us by signing and adding your name to those of your friends and neighbors who also want a park at 8001 Newell Street?
We will keep you posted about developments. But you can also ask us questions and, when the time is right, we will let you know how you can help.
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