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Burtonsville Commercial Revitalization

The Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA) sponsored the Burtonsville Market Study (2007) following the realignment of US Route 29 over MD Route 198 in Burstonsville. The realignment by-passed existing, local shopping districts, causing many area retailers to go out of business in the subsequent years following the new road configuration.

The 2007 Market Study showed that this area would face additional challenges from upcoming, nearby development. Thus, the Burtonsville Community Legacy Plan (2008), created short term and long term goals for the area and qualified Burtonsville for potential State funding to support future development. The East County Citizens Advisory Board, along with the broader East County community, provided significant input solicited during several community meetings organized by DHCA.

Based on the recommendations of the Community Legacy Plan, in 2009 DHCA worked with the community to establish streetscape standards for future sidewalks. The Burtonsville Streetscape Analysis and Recommendations Report (2010) created short-term strengthening measures centered on the north side of MD Route 198, the most significant of which were recommendations for improved facades and signage for the retail buildings. Subsequently, DHCA instituted both a Façade Easement Program (2010) and a Retail Center Signage Easement Program (2011). 

Since 2009, Montgomery County DHCA has contributed just over $1.3 million for the Burtonsville Façade Improvement Program, leveraging an estimated $1.45 million in private investment, helping transform the north sife of 198 into an appealing, economy-boosting commercial center. To learn more about DHCA's Facade and Retail Center Signage Easement Programs in Burtonsville, contact Cathy Mahmud at 240-777-3669 or at catherine.mahmud@montgomerycountymd.gov

BURTONSVILLE FACADE IMPROVEMENTS (Along MD Route 198)

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view of Burtonsville Façade (before shot) from Burtonsville Road (Subway, Hunan Manor, and other businesses)                   

 

view of Burtonsville Façade (before shot) from Burtonsville Road (Subway, Hunan Manor, and other businesses)                   

 

view of Burtonsville Façade (before shot) from Burtonsville Road (Subway, Hunan Manor, and other businesses)                   

                          

 

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