Long Branch Town Center Redevelopment (P150700)

  • Category: General Government
  • Sub Category: Economic Development
  • Administering Agency: County Executive (AAGE03)
  • Planning Area: Silver Spring
  • Date Last Modified: 4/21/14
  • Required Adequate Public Facility: No
  • Relocation Impact: None
  • Status: Planning Stage




This project provides for the public improvements necessary to support the redevelopment of the super block bounded by Arliss Street, Flower Avenue, and Piney Branch Road. This block is poorly organized and has an under-developed commercial area that was reviewed by an Urban Land Institute panel which recommended that this block be intersected by new streets and reoriented as a Town Center for the Long Branch community. The development of the Purple Line will influence the development potential of the site. Planning will include new streets, utilities, streetscaping, public amenities, and parking necessary for the redevelopment of this area as a higher density mixed-use Town Center with retail at street level and residential above.

The infrastructure will be planned in partnership with the Mass Transit Administration, property owners and businesses in this super block with input from the surrounding Long Branch community. M-NCPPC will assist by developing land use regulations that will facilitate this redevelopment effort.


In the vicinity of the site bounded by Arliss Street, Flower Avenue, and Piney Branch Road in Silver Spring, Maryland

Estimated Schedule

The project is delayed to provide time for the assessment of the Purple Line impact on local community development and the community input derived from the partnership efforts between the Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Long Branch Business League.


The Long Branch Community is a very diverse, high density community with a large immigrant population. This community is underserved by the commercial center that is the focus of the community at the intersection of Flower Avenue and Piney Branch. The Long Branch community has been designated as a revitalization area by the County and has been designated as an Enterprise Zone by the State of Maryland. The objective of the redevelopment effort is to provide better services to the community and expand the availability of affordable housing. The effort to create a Town Center for Long Branch must be a public/private partnership to effectively accomplish these goals. This project was recommended by the Long Branch Task Force, The Long Branch Advisory Committee, and is supported by the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board. Related studies include: Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington, "A Technical Assistance Panel Report, the Long Branch Community"; and the Long Branch Task Force 3rd Annual Report, May 2005.


This project will comply with the standards of the Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of General Services (DGS), Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), American Association of State Highway Officials (AASTHO), and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


A pedestrian impact analysis will be performed during design or is in progress.


Department of Housing and Community Affairs, DOT, Department of Permitting Services, M-NCPPC, Long Branch Advisory Committee, Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Maryland State Highway Administration (MSHA), Department of General Services