New grocery store coming to Briggs Chaney

Photo of front door with Global Food poster.

Briggs Chaney Marketplace lost its anchor grocery store eight months ago, to the surprise and dismay of the local community. Some feared that the loss would result in a “food desert” for the area, given […]

White Oak could be the “Silicon Valley of Healthcare”

Artist's rendering of Viva White Oak.

East County has waited too long for investment in jobs and transit while the rest of the county prospers. The White Oak Science Gateway Master Plan would provide up to 10,000 new jobs from three […]

BRT will reduce congestion and commute times on US 29

Photo of BRT station in Arlington

East County has long suffered from a lack of reliable and convenient transit options. But the County plans to fix this in the next three years by providing a transit system along US 29. The County anticipates […]

Burtonsville residents launch group to make MD 198 safer

Photo of charrette participants placing LEGO blocks on a large aerial image of Burtonsville

Shifting LEGO blocks around a large map of Burtonsville, local residents, businessowners, and community leaders met last night to evaluate highway improvements such as medians, turn lanes, and traffic lights along Old Columbia Pike (MD 198). This […]

East County ready for rapid growth

Photo of Jewru Bandeh smiling in front of large sign that reads, "LifeSci Village: coming in 2017"

“East County will soon be the fastest-growing region in Montgomery County”. Standing at the edge of a nearly-vacant 300-acre site, Jewru Bandeh excitedly notes that within the next few years, there will be a massive […]

Resident suggests intersection improvement; County responds

Aerial image of intersection overlaid with sketch of proposed turn lanes.

It’s now a little easier to exit the Briggs Chaney Plaza shopping center at Castle Boulevard since the County added a turn lane at a nearby intersection. As many locals can attest, it can get […]

East County gets new recreation center and arts programs

Photo of groundbreaking ceremony. County officials and staff turn dirt with shovels.

After a long wait, the County broke ground at the Good Hope Neighborhood Recreation Center on December 10, 2016. I was particularly excited to attend the event because the Rec Center is less than a mile from my house […]

Advocates convince county to rebuild Maydale Nature Center

Photo of the Maydale logo: a frog.

After nearly a decade of uphill battles and false starts, community leaders finally convinced our elected officials to revitalize the Maydale Nature Center, which had been closed since 2008. The new center, located in the Colesville/Cloverly area, […]