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Veterans Plaza And New Civic Building Opens In Silver Spring

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The area under the canopy at the new Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring will become a skating rink during the winter months.
Matt Bush
The area under the canopy at the new Veterans Plaza in Silver Spring will become a skating rink during the winter months.

By Matt Bush

In Maryland, the finishing touches are being put on a new addition to downtown Silver Spring. Benches and a massive glass canopy dot the new public square at the corner of Fenton Street and Ellsworth Drive.

A public square can be anything, according to Reemberto Rodriguez, the head of the Silver Spring Regional Center. But he envisions it as a place, "from wherever you are, however long you've been here...one month or ten generations, that you feel welcome, that you feel 'bienveniedo,'" he says.

The civic building itself will house meeting rooms large and small, as well as an art gallery and classrooms and rehearsal space for the Round House Theatre School.

Rodriguez loves the whole building, which includes his new office, but he has a special affinity for the square outside.

"Hey let's meet at Veterans Plaza to start our marathon walk," he says. "Let's meet at Veterans Plaza to go to the movies right across the street. Let's meet at Veterans Plaza because we are going to walk down to great restaurants we have on the south side of our business area."

The area under the canopy during the winter months will become a skating rink, and will be a performance venue for the rest of the year.

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