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about us

This site maintained by the Planning Division of the City of Takoma Park.  The site furthers the City Council's priority to redevelop the New Hampshire Avenue Corridor and to support economic health and sustainability of the several business districts along the corridor. Questions? Contact us:

Planning Division
Housing and Community Development Department
City of Takoma Park
7500 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

301-891-7119  fax: 301-270-4568

the back story

In the early part of the new millennium, the Council of the City of Takoma Park was faced with yet another less-than-desirable development proposal on a prime parcel of land at the gateway to the City. 

Once again, the City's vision and market perception of the New Hampshire corridor were not aligned.  Noted by planners and citizens as the City's "gold coast" due to acres of parking lots, disintegrating buildings, a transportation network, attractive neighborhoods, and easy access to parks and natural areas, the City Council united to focus staff time and funding on the corridor. 

Early initiatives identified funding sources, aligned neighborhood interests with development potential through a detailed concept plan, teased out market advantages, and dragged developers, property owners, officials, and County planners up and down the corridor. 

Slowly funds were accessed, plans completed, and partners secured.  Through outreach efforts individual businesses and properties were researched and community input sought.

A local Takoma Park graphic artist developed the New Ave logo to market the area.  Other local professionals developed the website while City staff created the content and maintain it as it is today.

your part in the New Ave

From the start, all New Ave projects required partners. 

Most public land is owned by the State Highway Administration,  Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission, PEPCO, and WSSC.  The rest is private, owned by individuals, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, developers, corporations, trusts, and sometimes bankruptcy trustees.

Through working with the community, agencies, private institutions and businesses, improvements change how people live along the New Ave.  From community gardens and a farmer's market to pedestrian-oriented street lights and development plans, we invite you to take part in both enjoying and transforming the New Ave.