A town square could wake up Wheaton’s downtown

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Wheaton could get a new town square with an amphitheatre, performance space and a dramatic ramp connecting it to the Metro station. It’s part of Montgomery County’s latest plan to revitalize Wheaton’s struggling downtown, which officials released earlier this month.

Representatives from the county and developers StonebridgeCarras and Bozzuto presented the new design Dec. 11 in a public meeting at Wheaton High School. Montgomery picked them in September to build a square and a government office building on the site of a parking lot and the Mid-County Regional Services Center, a sort of “town hall” for Wheaton and surrounding areas, both located on Reedie Drive near Georgia Avenue. 

It’s hard to create an exciting urban place around an office building, since there isn’t a lot of activity after the workers go home. Residents were skeptical of an earlier design for this project in September, but many of the changes the architects made in response will help make the streets and square livelier.

[Continue reading Dan Reed’s post at Just Up The Pike.]

Dan Reed blogs at Just Up the Pike. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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