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Speak Out: An Arena at Shady Grove Metro?

Revived plan for an arena could add a new dimension to an area on the verge of growth.

An investor group has in Montgomery County.

The plan calls for an 8,000-seat arena at the Shady Grove Metro station.

County officials are backing the effort.

Steven A. Silverman, the county’s economic development director, told The Washington Post that the arena could solve a longstanding problem for county high schools: There isn’t a facility in the county large enough to host most graduation ceremonies.

This graduation season, 21 of 32 graduations from county schools and programs are being held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, according to a news release from the county school system.

The Shady Grove Sector Plan, which calls for mixed-use development centered around the Metro station, and the development of a centered around the Shady Grove Life Sciences Center, are expected to transform the area in the coming years.

What do you think of the plan to build an arena at the Shady Grove Metro station? Would a venue for graduations, sports, concerts and large community gatherings be welcomed? Would it add to concerns about traffic in and around Shady Grove? Is Shady Grove the right place for such an arena?

Ambd June 25, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Anyone who proposes more development around the Shady Grove Metro station (this means you, Ike Leggett and County Council) needs to ride the metro to and from Shady Grove to downtown every day for a month during the rush hours and see how crowded and miserable an experience it has become for Montgomery Cty residents. Then perhaps they will realize how ridiculous it is to even think about further development in the Shady Grove area without ensuring the necessary infrastructure and transportation improvements are made IN ADVANCE of the development.
Lezlie Crosswhite June 25, 2012 at 05:48 PM
@Ambd: I agree! The county tends to do things bass ackwards. Especially Ike Leggett. His idea is to do what he wants and then ignore the fallout.
Candi Wood June 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM
After 15 years of living within a mile or so of the area in question it sounds like it's time for us to move!!! As if traffic and noise aren't already bad enough...Concerts, shows, graduations, and other events have been held in DC for years and we've somehow managed to survive. Anyone who supports this doesn't likely live in or pass through Derwood on a daily basis. Very disappointing MoCo!
Joey T June 19, 2013 at 04:10 PM
I live down the street. Just do this now, it has been sitting idle too long. They need to have more parking. The whole area around Redland Rd. needs to be updated.

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