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Date: September 18, 2002 (02-56)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College Trustees Approve New Location for 
Takoma Park Campus Cultural Arts
Trustees Also Okay Purchase of Germantown Biotech Park Land

           The Montgomery College Board of Trustees this week approved the relocation of the College’s planned cultural arts center---the third phase of its Takoma Park Campus expansion project into Silver Spring---to the intersection of Georgia Avenue and East-West Highway.

            Under previous plans, the cultural arts center was to be constructed in a corner of Jesup Blair Park, just north of the District of Columbia line.  The re-siting was proposed last June after several changes in circumstances, including one in zoning requirements that had the effect of opening up more space on the College’s Georgia Avenue property.   

Board Chair Dr. Owen D. Nichols noted that the new location, directly on Georgia Avenue, offers a number of advantages.  “For one thing,” said Dr. Nichols, “it will give the cultural arts center much improved visibility and make it even more prominent as a part of the new Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District.”  Nichols also pointed out that the re-siting will result in lower construction costs.

“We are extremely pleased with the positive reaction to our plans for the C.A.C.,” says College President Charlene R. Nunley.  “We look forward to working with the community to make this facility a focal point of South Silver Spring re-development.”     

The Takoma Park campus master plan, updated to reflect the change in location, will be subject to approval by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.                                                                         

Also this week, Montgomery College trustees formally gave their approval to the purchase of a 20-acre tract of land adjacent to the Germantown campus.  Montgomery County and the State of Maryland are sharing the $6-million cost of the property, on which the College is preparing to develop a new biotechnology center, in conjunction with a county-operated science and technology park.  The complex promises to allow the College to train more workers for Montgomery County’s biotechnology industry, which now includes more than 200 companies.

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