The brilliant people in downtown Silver Spring, who know how to work productively with developers to produce a better community, may be getting a spiffy new aquatic and recreation center as part of a new mixed-used development -
"The aquatic and recreation center will feature a 25-meter long, 8-lane lap pool (half the size of an Olympic swimming pool), a multi-purpose therapy pool, a spa, fitness center, basketball court and locker rooms, according to Stacy Spann, executive director of the Montgomery County Housing Opportunity Commission (HOC), which is working with the Lee Development Group on the project. The county’s recreation department will operate the new center which will face a new, open-air central plaza. The center will span two buildings on the ground floor of the project.
In an email sent to Bethesda Beat Wednesday, Spann said the plan for the site is to create a multigenerational affordable living community that entices the general public to interact with its residents. Fifteen percent of the project’s units will be designated as moderately priced and 10 percent will be set aside for workforce housing, according to documents filed with the Montgomery County Planning Department."That's great! Among other things, we can finally jettison the Piney Branch pool, which is perpetually on the county's budget chopping list, thus allowing for expansion of an overcrowded elementary school.