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Mar 4 16

First Planning Board Work Session for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Will Be Held on March 24

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planning Board will review plan recommendations to preserve community heritage, enhance local businesses and transportation, and expand open spaces

Silver Spring, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Board, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will hold its first work session on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan at its headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Public testimony is typically not permitted at work sessions, but may be allowed at the discretion of Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson.

The Public Hearing Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan is available for review on the Planning Department’s website. This posting follows the Montgomery County Planning Board’s approval of the Working Draft as the Public Hearing Draft on Thursday, December 17, 2015.

The Public Hearing Draft reflects changes in response to necessary clarifications that were requested by the Greater Lyttonsville community regarding use of the urban road code, district boundaries and language in the Plan Draft.

View the Public Hearing Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

View the Staff Report for the December 17 Planning Board presentation, including an errata sheet.

Plan Work Sessions and Council Action
The Montgomery County Planning Board will hold work sessions on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan this spring and summer.  Work sessions allow Planning Board members to publicly review, discuss and make any needed revisions to the Plan. At the conclusion of the work sessions, the revised Plan will be transmitted to the County Council and County Executive as the Planning Board Draft. The County Council will hold a public hearing on the Planning Board Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan later in 2016.

The community is invited to stay involved with the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan by:

-Visiting the Greater Lyttonsville Montgomery County Planning Department webpage.

-Listening or watching the staff presentation live or on-demand from the December 17 meeting.

About the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan
Two Purple Line stations and a maintenance facility have been proposed for Greater Lyttonsville as part of the future light rail line that will link Bethesda to New Carrollton, Maryland. The Sector Plan explores the possibility of capitalizing on this transit to connect Lyttonsville’s currently independent residential, industrial and institutional districts, and to create distinct gathering spaces for the community. The Plan sets a framework for positive outcomes by recommending strategies for land use, connectivity, the environment, transportation, housing and quality of life, all based on the following principles:

Preserve. The Sector Plan recommends protecting the community’s African American heritage, unique industrial and suburban character, affordable housing, established residential neighborhoods and centrally located community facilities.

Enhance. The Sector Plan recommends creating a commercial corridor to advance local business interests and attract new, emerging companies to the community’s industrial district, one of the few in Montgomery County. In addition, the Plan recommends upgrading the existing transportation network for all modes–pedestrian, bicycle, vehicles and transit – and promoting responsible development through mixed-use zoning in specific areas.

Expand. The Sector Plan recommends expanding parks, trails and open spaces in Greater Lyttonsville, along with adding more sidewalks and bikeways to better connect different districts within the community.  The Sector Plan also recommends rezoning certain multi-family zoned sites to mixed use zones to expand the allowable land uses near future transit facilities.

Dec 21 15

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Revised Working Draft Approved by Planning Board on December 17

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Working Draft of Sector Plan responds to community concerns over zoning classifications, district boundaries and other issues

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Board, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, approved the staff’s revised Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan as the Planning Board Draft on its meeting held on Thursday, December 17.

The Working Draft focused on key aspects of the plan including issues such as commercial and residential affordability, as well as much needed public benefits within the Sector Plan area. The Plan addressed issues that were raised by the community over zoning classifications, district boundaries and zoning and density. A public hearing on the Working Draft, now titled the Public Hearing Draft, is scheduled for February 11, 2016.

View the Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

View the Staff Report for the December 17 Planning Board presentation including errata sheet.

The Board’s public hearing in February will be held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). The community will be invited to provide written or emailed testimony prior to the public hearing and can also sign up to speak in person at the hearing.

The community is invited to stay involved with the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan by:

-Visiting the Greater Lyttonsville Montgomery County Planning Department webpage.

-Listening or watching the staff presentation live or on-demand from the December 17 meeting.

Signing up to participate in the public hearing or providing written testimony.

November 2015 Community Meeting Recap
A community meeting was held on November 18, 2015 so that the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan team could address concerns from residents regarding the Working Draft recommendations. Approximately 50 attendees listened to the planners’ presentation on these topics of concern, including the following:

-Urban Road Code clarifications.

-Total number of residential units and their effect on local schools and transportation.

-Zoning classifications: Commercial Residential Neighborhood versus Commercial Residential Town zones.

-Community benefits of land swaps with the Montgomery County Parks Department.

-Preserving community character.

-Language used in the Draft Plan to explain goals.

For more details on this November meeting, consult the presentation online.

Background on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

Spurred by the future construction of two Purple Line light rail stations in Greater Lyttonsville, the new Sector Plan examines ways to leverage these significant public infrastructure investments, while preserving the integrity of area neighborhoods that have a rich history and a strong sense of community. The Plan recommends ways of connecting residential, industrial and institutional districts, attracting mixed-use development and expanding parks, trails and open spaces. Recent planning efforts build on the goal of the 2000 North and West Silver Spring Master Plan to preserve this diverse community as a desirable place to live, work and play.

After community meetings were held in January and April 2015, the Planning team revised suggestions for bike and pedestrian connections in and around the Rosemary Hills Lyttonsville Local Park.

Recommendations in the Plan focus on:

-Providing pedestrian and bicycle connections to the two proposed Purple Line light rail stations.
-Preserving, rather than rezoning, a majority of the industrial areas.
-Preserving single-family residential areas.
-Proposing zoning changes primarily in areas around the future Purple Line stations or close to the Silver Spring central business district.

Learn more about the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Dec 11 15

Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Working Draft to be Presented to Planning Board on December 17

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Working Draft to be Presented to Planning Board on December 17

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, will present the revised Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan on Thursday, December 17 to the Montgomery County Planning Board at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD).

The Working Draft has been revised to address issues that were raised by the community over zoning classifications, district boundaries and language in the Plan Draft. If the current draft of the Sector Plan is approved by the Planning Board, staff will request a public hearing for the Plan on February 11, 2016.

View the Working Draft of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

View the Staff Report for the December 17 Planning Board presentation including errata sheet

The Board’s public hearing in February or another time in 2016 will be held at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD). The community will be invited to provide written or emailed testimony prior to the public hearing and can also sign up to speak in person in at the hearing. Additional information on how to sign up to testify will be available once the public hearing date has been set.

The community is invited to stay involved with the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan by:

-Visiting the Greater Lyttonsville Montgomery County Planning Department webpage.

-Listening or watching the staff presentation live or on-demand from the December 17 meeting.

Signing up to participate in the public hearing or providing written testimony (a sign-up window will open once the public hearing date is set).

November 2015 community meeting recap

A community meeting was held on November 18, 2015 so that the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan team could address concerns regarding the Working Draft recommendations. Approximately 50 attendees listened to the planners’ presentation on these topics of concern, including the following:

-Urban Road Code clarifications.

-Total number of residential units and their effect on local schools and transportation.

-Zoning classifications: Commercial Residential Neighborhood versus Commercial Residential Town zones.

-Community benefits of land swaps with the Montgomery County Parks Department.

-Preserving community character.

-Language used in the Draft Plan to explain goals.

For more details on this November meeting, consult the presentation online.

Background on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

Spurred by the future construction of two Purple Line light rail stations in Greater Lyttonsville, the new Sector Plan examines ways to leverage these significant public infrastructure investments, while preserving the integrity of area neighborhoods that have a rich history and a strong sense of community. The Plan recommends ways of connecting residential, industrial and institutional districts, attracting mixed-use development and expanding parks, trails and open spaces. Recent planning efforts build on the goal of the 2000 North and West Silver Spring Master Plan to preserve this diverse community as a desirable place to live, work and play.

After community meetings were held in January and April 2015, the Planning team revised suggestions for bike and pedestrian connections in and around the Rosemary Hills Lyttonsville Local Park.

Recommendations in the Plan focus on:

-Providing pedestrian and bicycle connections to the two proposed Purple Line light rail stations.
-Preserving, rather than rezoning, a majority of the industrial areas.
-Preserving single-family residential areas.
-Proposing zoning changes primarily in areas around the future Purple Line stations or close to the Silver Spring central business district.

Learn more about the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Nov 20 15

November 18 Meeting Held to Clarify Concepts for Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and Respond to Community Concerns

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Planners explained zoning classifications, proposed housing’s effect on schools and transportation, community character and other issues related to Sector Plan

Silver Spring, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, held a meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center (2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring, MD) from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to explain key concepts for the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

About 50 attendees listened to the planners’ presentation about topics of concern, including the following:

-Urban Road Code clarifications.

-Total number of residential units and their effect on local schools and transportation.

-Zoning classifications: Commercial Residential Neighborhood versus Commercial Residential Town zones.

-Community benefits of land swaps with the Montgomery County Parks Department.

-Preserving community character.

-Language used in the Draft Plan to explain goals.

For more details, consult the presentation online.

Planners will present the Working Draft of the Plan to the Planning Board on December 17, 2015. A public hearing for the Plan will be scheduled in February 2016.  Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Nov 19 15

Planning Department Announces Calendar of December Events

by Bridget Schwiesow

Calendar of Events

Planning Board wraps up 2015 agenda with work sessions devoted to plans for Bethesda, Westbard and Lyttonsville

SILVER SPRING, MDThe Montgomery County Planning Department, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its calendar for December 2015. These events offer opportunities for the Planning Board members and Planning Department staff to engage with communities within Montgomery County. Review the full list of events below and go online to www.montgomeryplanning.org for more details on projects and plans.

Stay connected to us online by following Montgomery Planning Department news and information on Twitter: @montgomeryplans and like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/montgomeryplanning.

Montgomery County and Planning Department Events in December 2015

December 1 – Sign up to testify at the County Council’s public hearing for the Montgomery Village Master Plan. The hearing will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Hearing Room at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. Residents and property owners are invited to comment on the Master Plan’s draft recommendations for land use and zoning, transportation networks, parks and open spaces.

To testify, community members can sign up online at http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/council/calendar.html or call 240-777-7803. The deadline to sign up is 10 a.m. on December 1. Past PowerPoint presentations of the Plan goals and other materials from MV Matters meetings are posted on the Montgomery Village Master Plan webpage.

December 3 – Attend the Montgomery County Planning Board meeting to learn about separated bike lanes proposed for the White Flint area. Also on the agenda is a work session for the Westbard Sector Plan with discussion focused on the future of the Willett Branch stream and open spaces in the area. Planners will also make a presentation to the Planning Board about updates related to the Transportation Policy Area Review (TPAR) process and trip generation rates used in support of Local Area Transportation Review (LATR). TPAR is used to determine adequacy of roadways and transit from a policy area-wide perspective. LATR is used to determine the adequacy of roadway intersections located in the vicinity of proposed new development.

December 9 – Attend the community meeting for the White Flint 2 Sector Plan to discuss parks and open spaces in the area. The session will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Luxmanor Elementary School (6201 Tilden Lane, Rockville). RSVP to attend the meeting.

December 14 – Attend the community meeting for the Rock Spring Master Plan to learn about future development of this office park in Bethesda. The planner-led event will be held at Walter Johnson High School (6400 Rock Spring Drive, Bethesda) from 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP to attend the meeting.

December 15 – This Tuesday meeting of the Planning Board will be devoted to a work session on the Bethesda Downtown Sector Plan.

December 15 – Attend a community meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Montgomery County Campus, (Academic and Research Building 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD) to learn about the latest bicycle and pedestrian planning activities in the Life Sciences Center area. Staff will provide an update on the Life Sciences Center separated bike lane network related to the Bicycle Master Plan, as well as the Life Sciences Center Loop Trail design guidelines. RSVPs to attend the session are encouraged, but not required. RSVP for the December 15 meeting.

December 17 – The Planning Board’s last meeting of 2015 will include work sessions on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and Westbard Sector Plan. A full agenda for the meeting is posted on the Agendas & Staff Reports page.

Jun 2 15

Cyclists To Visit Lyttonsville, Bethesda and Westbard Planning Areas

by Bridget Schwiesow

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On June 12, Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson will lead a bike tour through the communities to gain a clearer understanding of planning recommendations and goals

SILVER SPRING, MD – Montgomery County Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson will join staff from the County Planning Department and Department of Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, on a bicycle tour of the communities in the southern portion of the County that are the subjects of current Sector Plans.

On Friday, June 12, from 11 am to 4 pm, the group will travel mostly on the Capital Crescent Trail to visit Lyttonsville, Downtown Bethesda and Westbard. Sector Plans for these communities are in process and the bike tour will highlight those areas now under consideration for improvements.

“The bike tour will allow us to experience the planning areas at a more fine-grained level of detail,” says Anderson. “At the same time, it will help us identify the places where a safer, more connected bicycle network is still needed in the County.”

Join the bicycle tour

The public is invited to join the bike tour at the Planning Department headquarters (8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD) at 11 a.m. or can meet the group at various stops along the way. The 15-mile round trip is designed for experienced cyclists who must bring their own bikes and helmets. All participants are required to sign a form for indemnification and release of all claims before they begin the bike tour.

Planners will speak about their visions for Lyttonsville, Bethesda and Westbard at key stops along the tour route:

11:25 a.m. – Rosemary Hills Elementary School (behind the school at the sign for the future Capital Crescent Trail).

12:30 p.m. – Battery Lane Urban Park in Bethesda.

1:30 p.m. – Veteran’s Park in Bethesda (Fairmont and Norfolk Avenues).

2:30 p.m.Giant Shopping Center in Westbard (west side of the parking lot near Kenwood Condominium).

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Return to Planning Department headquarters at 8787 Georgia Avenue.

All times are approximate and subject to change.

Understand bicycle planning goals

In addition to showcasing Sector Plan areas, the tour will help participants understand the goals of the Countywide Bicycle Master Plan. This Plan will be launched in July 2015 to develop a high-quality, low-stress bicycle network reflecting the newest types of bikeways, such as separated and buffered bike lanes, and bicycle boulevards, as well as secure bicycle storage facilities at transit stations.

The Bicycle Master Plan will initially focus on creating a high-quality bicycle network along the rapidly developing route of the future Corridor Cities Transitway, a 15-mile bus rapid transit (BRT) line proposed to run from the Shady Grove Metrorail Station, through the Life Sciences Center area and ultimately to Germantown and Clarksburg.

Oct 8 14

Recap: September 29 Visioning Workshop Advances Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Silver Spring, MD — The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop on Monday, September 29, at the Montgomery County Planning Department Headquarters (8787 Georgia Ave.) allowed residents and business owners to learn more about the planning process for the community. Staff presented recent community feedback regarding strengths, challenges, and opportunities within six different areas of Greater Lyttonsville. The workshop included an interactive exercise to explore community character as it relates to open spaces, streetscapes, environmental elements, land uses, buildings and community facilities.

Watch the on-demand video recording of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Visioning Workshop from September 29.

The Planning Board will receive a briefing at their regular meeting on Oct. 16 that will summarize the outcomes of the Sept. 29 workshop and previous community meetings. All are invited to attend. The summary will also be available on the Planning Board website online one week before the Planning Board briefing.

To get up to speed on the progress on the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan, view these videos below:

-The GreaterLP recap video from the July 15 community workshop

-Check out this video segment with planners Erin Banks and Melissa Williams and learn how to get involved with the future of shaping the #greaterLP area.

-Watch the GreaterLP Needs You short promotional video

Learn about the progress of the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan and how to get involved with shaping the future of this community.

Jul 25 14

Business Owners Invited to Attend the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Sunrise Series

by Bridget Schwiesow

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Early morning meetings intended to engage business community on the sector plan

SILVER SPRING, MD – The Montgomery County Planning Department will be hosting two meetings as part of their “Sunrise Series” for business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area on Thursday, July 31 and Thursday, August 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. to provide an opportunity for the business community to ask questions and give feedback on the sector planning process.

The early morning meetings will offer free breakfast, an opportunity to meet with planners and provide a questionnaire to attendees to gather more information about business owners as it relates to the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

The Sunrise Series meetings will be hosted in partnership with the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and the Silver Spring Regional Center.

As a follow-up to the successful community workshop held on July 15 and the June Monday Matters series which focused on specific subject areas in the plan, the planning team would like to invite business owners to give their feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the plan area and their ideas for the future of Greater Lyttonsville.

Details:
What: Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Sunrise Series
Who: Business owners in the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan area
When/Where:
Thursday, July 31 – 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.  
Parking lot in front of 2666 Pittman Drive, Silver Spring, MD (John Deere Landscaping Company)

Thursday, August 7 – 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.  
Parking Lot in rear of 2402-2465 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, MD (Technical Service Park)

Info: Learn more about the Sector Plan and fill out the questionnaire: www.montgomeryplanning.org/greaterlp

Social Media: #GreaterLP

Plan Background:
The Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan was initially started in summer 2012 but was placed on hold at the direction of the County Council. Now, planners are looking to re-engage the community from the area west of Silver Spring and east of Rock Creek Park to determine the vision for the area that will guide development for the next twenty years and beyond.

The planning process will include a review of zoning and land use, with a particular focus on the commercial area along Brookville Road and the two proposed Purple Line stations. The Plan will look at potential locations for mixed-use development near stations, examine important employment centers, seek to preserve and enhance the existing single-family neighborhood character, coordinate with the Fort Detrick Forest Glen Annex planning process, address quality of life issues, and strive to maintain affordable housing and support cultural diversity. It will also address connections between the existing residential neighborhoods and employment areas along Brookville Road.

For the recap of the May 6 Relaunch community meeting, view the presentation and the Greater Lyttonsville Sector Plan Briefing Book which summarizes the existing conditions of the Plan Area.

Mar 26 12

Planners Invite Lyttonsville Residents to Share Positives, Challenges at Open House

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING – Montgomery County planners, who begin a community planning effort in the west Silver Spring community of Lyttonsville in the coming months, will host an open house Wednesday to learn more about what residents and business owners view to be the area’s strengths and what they would like to see changed.

Lyttonsville, a community of close-knit, well-maintained residential neighborhoods as well as a commercial/industrial area along Brookville Road, is planned to be a station along the proposed Purple Line.

Open house participants will record their favorite aspects of Lyttonsville on graphic displays. Oversized maps will allow attendees to mark their typical travel patterns and rate examples of buildings of different densities. Planners aim to create a visual record upon which they can build as they prepare to undertake the Lyttonsville Sector Plan.

Once a predominantly African American community settled by a freed slave in the 1800s, Lyttonsville is now home to a diverse population, including young families living side by side with long-time denizens. The Brookville Road industrial area is intensely developed, with more than 1.4 million square feet of space in 50 buildings.

Planners are reaching out to the community following a mid-March announcement by the Maryland Transit Authority to move the location of a proposed Purple Line rail yard farther from residential areas and closer to the industrial section. The announcement was well received, and planners want to build on the energy and enthusiasm.

The 16-mile Purple Line will connect Bethesda with New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. One of the proposed 21 stations is in Lyttonsville. Learn more about the upcoming sector plan.

WHO:
Montgomery County Planning Department

WHAT:
Lyttonsville Open House

WHEN/WHERE:
6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 (drop in anytime)
Coffield Community Center
2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring

 

Mar 15 12

Lyttonsville Residents Praise Purple Line Rail Yard Proposed Relocation

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING – Residents of Lyttonsville, a small community west of downtown Silver Spring, were buoyed tonight to hear from state transit officials that a proposed rail yard and maintenance facility to store future Purple Line trains is slated to move farther from their residential neighborhood to an industrial area along Brookville Road.

The Purple Line maintenance and storage site is now proposed west of Lyttonsville Place, near the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission property. The change might require relocating Brookville Road and result in a surface train crossing at Stewart Avenue.

Maryland Transit Administration officials announced the new rail yard location at a meeting attended by about 70 people at the Coffield Community Center. Some of those attending had expressed their concerns about the original rail yard location last fall to Planning Director Rollin Stanley. Planners, who had engaged with Lyttonsville residents to solicit input on the ongoing Zoning Rewrite Project, analyzed the potential Purple Line rail yard locations and framed the discussion for County Council members and MTA officials, who then made the relocation decision.

Building on the community’s interest in the Purple Line project and to continue a dialogue, planners will host a community open house event in Lyttonsville on March 28. They aim to collect impressions from residents and business owners to inform a new master plan scheduled to begin early next year. The proposed rail yard change likely will provide more flexibility for planners when they consider potential land uses in the area.

The 16-mile Purple Line will connect Bethesda with New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. One of the proposed 21 stations is in Lyttonsville, a close-knit, primarily residential community bordered by a the Brookville Road industrial area. Lyttonsville was once a predominantly African American community that was founded by a freed slave in the 1800s.

WHO:
Montgomery County Planning Department

WHAT:
Lyttonsville Open House

WHEN/WHERE:
6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 28 (drop in anytime)
Coffield Community Center
2450 Lyttonsville Road, Silver Spring

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