The Economic Future of the Suburbs: Infill, Commerce, Placemaking – Session 2: Commerce
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m. EST
Silver Spring, MD, United States
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The Montgomery County Planning Department’s Winter Speaker Series will examine the shift away from sprawling, car-centric places to more walkable, mixed-use and urban-style communities. Attendees will learn about the physical, social and economic changes that are occurring to ensure a bright future for the suburbs. The presentations will examine strategies for infill housing instead of single-family homes; office building conversions into residential units; digital technology’s influence on retail and commerce; and placemaking as a strategy for economic development. Peter McLaughlin, Development Director of Rockville-based ProMark Real Estate Services, manages construction projects and focuses on new acquisitions, portfolio strategy and redevelopment opportunities. He will discuss the Octave condominiums in Silver Spring, a 1964 office building transformed by ProMark into residential units, and the challenges of such conversions. Heather Arnold, Director of Research and Analysis for Bethesda-based StreetSense, specializes in retail market analysis, incentive planning and merchandising strategies for communities. She was a consultant on the Planning Department’s recently completed Retail Trends Study and will speak about online shopping’s influence on retail and commerce in the suburbs.
Caroline McCarthy, firstname.lastname@example.org