Because of incomplete information provided by the Montgomery County government, a map that appears on page 10 of today's Maryland Weekly, omits one proposed route for through traffic in downtown Silver Spring. Sligo Avenue is included in the network of routes being proposed. (Published 9/10/87)
Montgomery County Executive Sidney Kramer has submitted proposals to the County Council to permit increased development in the downtown core of Silver Spring.
Kramer also has asked the council to approve establishment of a transportation management system for Silver Spring, which would enlist the private sector in getting Silver Spring commuters to car pool or use mass transit.
The proposals have aroused a great deal of interest in Silver Spring, prompting a spirited debate over how much growth and increased traffic should be allowed. Fourteen civic associations have formed a coalition to oppose Kramer's plans.
The coalition plans to demonstrate today at 4:30 p.m. at Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road.
The outcome of the council's decisions will affect several developments planned for downtown.
Under current county policy that tries to ensure adequate public facilities to support new developments, there is capacity for only small or moderate size projects.
The most controversy has centered on a large project by developer Lloyd Moore for what is known as downtown's superblock at Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road. Moore has yet to submit any formal plans but has publicly presented a proposal for a $250 million mall of retail stores, offices and hotel space.
On Saturday, members of the executive branch will hold a three-hour question-and-answer session at the Silver Spring Armory, 9225 Wayne Ave.
The council has scheduled four public hearings on Kramer's proposal. They are set for 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Council Office Building in Rockville, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the former Northwood High School auditorium in Silver Spring. More than 100 people are scheduled to be heard.
The council, which has set three work sessions for later this month and October, will tour the Silver Spring area on Monday.
Here, on the eve of a month of public comment on how the future of Silver Spring should be defined, are the opinions and feelings of five people from Silver Spring.
They speak for themselves, but their points of view are representative of some of the arguments now being heard in the debate in the county.