Monday, November 27, 2006
On Monday, November 27, Montgomery County and other officials finally broke ground on the new Silver Spring Transit Center project, the $75 million transportation hub planned for the existing Silver Spring metro site. The center, which will be named in honor of retiring Senator Paul Sarbanes (pictured with other public officials at the groundbreaking ceremony), will transform the 5.7 acres in front of the metro station where the bus depot now is located (and across from the Discovery headquarters) into a three-level transportation center (the first two levels for buses, the third for metro’s Kiss and Ride, taxis, and some parking). The project will also feature two condominium buildings containing 450 units, a 200-room hotel, 25,000 sf of street-level retail, and a public plaza. The private development is being handled by Silver Spring Metro Center Partnership/Foulger-Pratt Development. Architecture by Zimmer, Gunsul and Frasca. The transit center is expected to be completed by Summer 2009.