The latest star in Silver Spring’s arts and entertainment crown was forged today when The State of Maryland, Montgomery County, Lee Development Group and Live Nation held a groundbreaking ceremony 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 (LDG) President Bruce Lee and Live Nation’s DC President, Ted Mankin turned the first shovels of dirt to begin construction of the Silver Spring Fillmore set to open in the Fall of 2011.
“This music, entertainment, and community-use venue is the right project, in the right place, at the right time for the County and State in general and the Silver Spring community in particular,” said Leggett. “The Fillmore is an investment well worth making. It activates a vacant storefront and makes money for the County and the State from the start. This exciting venue will create jobs and stimulate more Silver Spring business activity – as well as deliver great music. That’s especially important in today’s economy.
“And, being right across the street from the American Film Institute and down the street from Discovery Communications, we are looking to create a synergy that will result in premier entertainment happening in Silver Spring rivaled by few other places,” added Leggett.
“This is a long-awaited and exciting day in Silver Spring and across Montgomery County. Governor O’Malley and I applaud the tireless efforts that were put in to making this project a reality and we are proud that the State contributed $4 million,” said Lieutenant Governor Brown. “We both look forward to joining our neighbors in Montgomery County at concerts as soon as this new venue opens. This project will help promote the arts in one of the state’s most diverse and dynamic communities. Perhaps more importantly, it will create new jobs and continue to build on the tremendous economic progress that has made Silver Spring a statewide and national model for livable, sustainable community development.”
“We are proud to be part of this partnership and to support this important economic development and entertainment project,” said LDG’s Bruce Lee.
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.
For additional information on The Fillmore Silver Spring project, go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/fillmore
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Media contact: Montgomery County, Patrick Lacefield, 240-777-6507
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