Week Ahead: County Council Set To Approve Funds for New Silver Spring Aquatics Center

Plus: Planning Board to receive school overcrowding test results, and outdoor concerts continue in Bethesda and Silver Spring


County Council to weigh in on funds for new aquatic and recreation center in downtown Silver Spring

The Montgomery County Council is scheduled Tuesday to hold a public hearing and possibly vote on whether to allocate $15 million to fund planning and design for a new aquatic and recreation center at the Elizabeth Square development in downtown Silver Spring. The county project would add a 56,000-square-foot aquatics space with swimming and therapy pools, as well as fitness and community centers to a new building between Apple Avenue and Fenwick Lane just north of the Silver Spring Metro station. The center is estimated to cost $55 million to design and build with construction scheduled to begin later this year and the facility to open between 2019 and 2021.

The council is also scheduled to meet with technology business leaders Tuesday morning to discuss ways to improve the local economy. The council will meet with Timoty Chi, the CEO of Chevy Chase-based WeddingWire, Alice Hu, the COO of the Rockville e-commerce company BigSpool, and others to identify challenges faced by the businesses located in the county.

Planning Board to receive school overcrowding test results

The county’s Planning Board on Thursday is scheduled to receive and approve the results of the annual school test that examines overcrowding at the county’s public schools. This year’s test found no school clusters were so overcrowded that a development moratorium would need to be put in place—although projects to add new classrooms in the Montgomery Blair, Albert Einstein, Walter Johnson and Northwood clusters were approved by the county to prevent development from being halted in those areas. Seven elementary schools—Burnt Mills, Highland View, Kemp Mill, Lake Seneca, Rosemont, Strawberry Knoll and Summit Hall—were also identified in the report as being 110 students or more over capacity.

Bethesda and Silver Spring outdoor concerts continue Thursday

The Bethesda free summer concert series at Veterans Park will feature beer and wine for the second straight week as the annual event tests out its new drink program Thursday evening. Attendees can purchase beer from Tapp’d Bethesda or wine from Rocklands Farm Winery during the concert that will feature the rock and blues band The Crimestoppers.

At the Silver Spring Civic Building, the cover band Bobby & the Believers will play a wide range of hits from the 60s to current music by Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga. The concert at Veterans Plaza, just outside the civic building, runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

Temperatures expected to approach the 90s this week

Heavy showers are expected to hit the region this afternoon with winds gusting as high as 25 mph and the temperature reaching about 85 degrees. More showers and thunderstorms are predicted tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be partly sunny with highs in the mid-80s and lows dropping to around 75 degrees. Thursday and Friday could be hot though—with sunny highs around 90 degrees predicted and a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Friday night.

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