The latest star in Silver Spring’s arts and entertainment crown was forged on a warm day in early September when The State of Maryland, Montgomery County, Lee Development Group and Live Nation broke ground for the construction of the long-awaited new music hall, Fillmore Silver Spring.
Several hundred people gathered on the construction site off of Fenton Street, behind the historic J.C. Penney façade on Colesville Road, as County Executive Ike Leggett, Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Lee Development Group President Bruce Lee and Live Nation’s DC President Ted Mankin joined other local elected officials and arts and business community members to turn the first shovels of dirt to begin construction of the Silver Spring Fillmore, set to open in the Fall of 2011.
The Fillmore Silver Spring will have a capacity of 500 to 2,000 and will feature crystal chandeliers, hardwood floors, dark painted red walls, historic rock art posters – and the iconic barrel of complimentary apples at the door. It will be inspired by the original Fillmore in San Francisco, which launched the careers of such rock, soul and jazz legends as Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Miles Davis and Otis Redding.
The project will boost business in Silver Spring and is projected to return $1.7 million in public benefits annually for the County and State from the start – over and above construction costs.
For additional information on The Fillmore Silver Spring project, go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/fillmore
POSTED AT: Saturday, September 04, 2010 | 9:00:00 AM