Former Silver Spring Library Redevelopment

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Silver Spring, MD 20902

Project Team

Montgomery County Government
Department of General Services

Office of Planning and Development
Ronnie Warner, Chief
240-777-6071


Current Status: Planning

Montgomery County has selected the Martha B. Gudelsky Child Development Center (MBGCDC) & CentroNia team to develop the former Silver Spring Library site for use as an early childhood education and development center. The County will enter into a long-term ground lease with MBGCDC. The County Executive transmitted the Executive Order declaring the site is no longer needed for public use to the Council on March 4, 2019. The public hearing on this Declaration of No Further Need (DNFN) was held on April 10, 2019. The DNFN was approved by the County Council on July 9, 2019. An Option to Lease was executed and MBGCDC has commenced due diligence. The Planning Board approved a preliminary Forest Conservation Plan and a modified Conditional Use application on September 24, 2020. The Conditional Use application was approved by the Hearing Examiner on October 12, 2020.  The Preliminary Plan was approved by the Planning Board on March 25, 2021.  The building plans were submitted to the Department of Permitting Services for permits in June 2022.  The County anticipates entering into the ground lease and for construction to begin winter 2022.

The County will enter a long-term ground lease with its developer partner to provide an early childhood education and development center at the site of the former Silver Spring Library. The new Silver Spring Library opened on Wayne Avenue in 2015.

The Martha B. Gudelsky Child Development Center, Inc. will substantially renovate the existing building and open a licensed early childhood care, education and development facility to be operated by CentroNia for a minimum of 120 children ages 0 to 5 years old. A minimum of 75% of the attendees served by the Early Care Programs will come from families that are eligible under Federal guidelines for free and reduced lunch. The project also will include a minimum of 450 square feet of multi-purpose space that will be made available for use by the general community when not needed for the child care program.

Click here for information on the redevelopment plans.
Conditional Use Application – Planning Board Staff Report
Conditional Use Hearing Examiner Notice
Planning Board Resolution for Preliminary Plan

Former Silver Spring Library: Community Presentation

The Department of General Services held a community presentation of the two finalists for the redevelopment of the Former Silver Spring Library Site on October 4th. The two presentations are below:

Comments received as of December 6, 2017 .

The original Request for Development Proposals may be viewed below:

Proposals submitted to the County from the two finalists are:

View Executive Regulations for the Disposition of Real Property

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