Is relocating government offices to Wheaton a crucial step in jumpstarting redevelopment?
Absolutely not, writes Dan Reed on his Just Up the Pike blog, disagreeing with Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, who has championed moving the county headquarters of the Park and Planning Commission to Wheaton.
Reed argues that office workers do not spend much money on local businesses and that a better solution would be to focus on residential build-up, as the Wheaton Sector plan does by calling for 6,600 new homes in downtown Wheaton.
Another good thing for Wheaton, Reed adds, is the new campus of the dual-language Ana G. Mendez University in Wheaton Plaza because it will bring evening and weekend traffic to businesses in the area.
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