Thursday, December 07, 2006
It started with the building of the Lofts 24 condominium at the southeast corner of Bonifant Street and Fenton Street, and was followed with the revitalization of The Quarry House Tavern at the Georgia Avenue end of Bonifant, but now it looks like the shops and buildings sandwiched between the two are to find themselves in the midst of the development action already reshaping Silver Spring. First on the drawing board is a residential project planned for the abandoned apartment building at 935 Bonifant Street (to the right of Nail Genie at 937 Bonifant). If built, the seven-story Bonifant Street Condominium – which will incorporate and build upon the existing structure – will contain 59 contemporary units, with “townhouse”-style units on the lower level. However, zoning issues with this project have put it on hold for the time being. Next up is a residential project planned for the stretch of existing storefronts businesses between 949 and 961 Bonifant Street. The proposal recently filed with the Montgomery County Planning Board for this location details plans for an eight or nine-story residential building with 72 units (probably rental), with 72 parking spaces below the structure. An actual timetable for this development is not yet known. What is to become of the businesses now occupying this location (such as the Tayari Casel Martial Arts Academy and the Pennyworth Shop) if this project is done is not yet known. Finally, just around the corner on Wayne Street, a new Silver Spring Library is planned that will have exposures facing both Fenton and Bonifant Streets. This 41,000-sf building will replace the current and outdated existing library that was built in the 1950s on Colesville Road. Construction is expected to begin in 2008.