By: Megan Nichols and Nell Re Yonkos
Silver Spring, Md. — Over the coming months, Downtown Silver Spring will be completely redesigned under a $10 million budget, featuring new pops of color throughout the plaza.
The trademark street running through the center of Downtown Silver Spring will be transformed into a large area of grassy, astro-turf, leading up to a modern version of the city’s well-known fountain.
Within the past two months, three murals have already been completed, overseen by the organization No Kings Collective, a D.C. based art-duo, created by Brandon Hill and Peter Chang. They work with the motto, “the district is our home. art is our world. hustle is our method.”
Maria Anderson, a frequent shopper and resident in the Downtown Silver Spring area, described the process of watching the murals being painted over the past few months as, “super cool. I’ve never seen the development [of a project] as big as this one.”
The Eleanor, a hip new lounge, located next to the fountain and turf area, is marketed by the Downtown Silver Spring website, as a “comfortable, casual dining and drinking establishment with the addition of skee ball, mini bowling and other games.”
The Eleanor is already behind schedule, as the opening date was estimated to be in December of 2019, yet the project has no discernible progress.
As for the redesign of Downtown Silver Spring as a whole, the city has not released an expected completion date.
Will Silver Spring maintain its passion for this project, or will the multi-million dollar initiative fizzle out?