Wynn addresses local concerns at town-hall meeting

In a sweltering school gymnasium, US Rep Albert Wynn (D-Md 4) told constituents Tuesday night he was hopeful that the Purple Line would get financial help from the feds.

“Once we agree on a route, we can apply for federal funding,” Wynn told 30 area residents at a town-hall meeting inside Sligo Creek Elementary School. “I’m very optimistic that we can get it.”

The proposed Purple Line light-rail project would take riders from Bethesda, through Silver Spring, to New Carrollton. Possible alignments through downtown and East Silver Spring were discussed recently with the state transit administration.

The eight-term Congressman also emphasized improvements to area bus service, which he said was an important complement to the area’s mass-transit system.

“If we want to get people off the road, we need to have good bus service,” Wynn said.

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Video: R. Pace/SSP.

In addition to local mass-transit projects, Wynn said he would pitch for renovations to the old Blair auditorium. However, he admitted it would be a tough sell.

“I don’t want to tell you it looks good. It’s a tough year,” Wynn said.

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The Wayne Avenue auditorium was part of the original Montgomery Blair High School (now Silver Spring International Middle School). However, the performing-arts venue has been shuttered since 1998, according to a group that wants to restore the building.

“I think it’s a good project,” Wynn added. “I’m going to fight for it.”

Video photography by Ronald Pace for The Silver Spring Penguin.

 

2 Responses to “Wynn addresses local concerns at town-hall meeting”

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