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Public Project: Montgomery College-Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Campus Expansion

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In 2005, the Planning Board reviewed the Cafrtiz Street Art Center, which is an adaptive reuse of the former Giant Bakery site. The King Street Art Center will include the following uses are: art education, community artists and organizations, network operations center, central plant and parking in the basement. The project includes a new landscaped plaza and entry facing Jesup Blair Park. A parking garage site is also proposed behind the Cafritz Arts Center, adjacent to the northern edge of Jesup Blair Park next to the railroad tracks.

The College expansion spans both sides of the railroad track near the intersections of Georgia Avenue and Jesup Blair Drive, and Fenton Street and New York Avenue. The college expansion consists of four phases to date: Phase I is the Health Sciences Building on Georgia Avenue (complete), the Pedestrian/Bike Bridge over the railroad tracks (complete) and Fenton Street Realignment (complete). Phase II is the Student Services Center (complete)). Phase III is the Cafritz Arts Center (complete). Phase IV is the Cultural Arts Center (CAC) which is under construction at the southeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Burlington Avenue (MD 410). It will include a 509-seat, two-level theater; a 125-seat studio theater; classrooms; a dance studio; meeting rooms; faculty and staff offices; and various support facilities. See the Montgomery College Website for details.

M-NCPPC Staff Contact

Bill Barron,Team Leader

Margaret K. Rifkin


Montgomery College
John McLean, Director of Capital Planning, Design and Construction

Opportunities for Public Participation

The planned Cultural Arts Center was the subject of a public hearing on March 23, 2006. The design of a future garage and interconnecting roadway system within the western campus will be the subject of the next Mandatory Referral application and Planning Board hearing (date to be determined).

Planning Board Review Process & Case Number

Mandatory Referral Case Number 05106-M-1.

Planning Board Actions

The CAC was approved with comments on March 23, 2006.

History of Past Actions

  • Phase III: Cafritz Arts Center
    Approved with comments February 24, 2005
  • Phase II: Student Services Center
    Approved with comments July 10, 2003
  • Revised bridge connection to Jesup Blair Park and site selection for Cultural Arts Center
    Approved February 6, 2003.
  • Phase I: 70% Bridge Design
    Approved with Comments & Conditions, November 1, 2001.
  • Phase I
    Approved with Comments and Conditions, May 31, 2001
  • Site selection for the Expansion
    Approved with comments, June 8, 2000

Notes from M-NCPPC Staff Contact

The College expansion is coordinated with the design and renovation of Jesup Blair Park. The M-NCPPC Project Manager for the Jesup Blair Park Renovation is:

Bob Kane

Date of last update: September 24, 2009