Visit Us at 7328 Carroll Avenue
Fall 2014 Events at 7328 Carroll AvenueThursday, November 13, 7-9 pm - Neighborhood Meeting to explore concerns raised by the development proposals and to build a community vision of how to develop Takoma Junction.
Tuesday, November 18, 7-9PM - State and County Tax Credit Workshop for Small Businesses and Residents in the Takoma Park Historic District. Tenants and owners of commercial businesses in the Takoma Park Historic District should attend this workshop to learn about combined tax credits of up to 45% offered by the County and a new State program geared specifically for small business. Because of the similarity of these tax credit to the residential tax credit, home owners in our Takoma Park Historic District are encouraged to also attend this event.
Wednesday, November 19, 7:30-9PM - "Native Vines: A Delightful Tangle." Speaker: Paula Jean Hallberg, M.C. Master Gardner. Presented by the Takoma Horticultural Club, and hosted as part of HTI's series, "Culture Shift: Connecting with Nature."
Other Important EventsTuesday, November 18, 6:30-9:30pm - City-sponsored Community Open House on the Takoma Junction Proposals. Meet the developers and talk with them about their plans for the Takoma Junction lot in an informal setting. No formal presentation or process, just an opportunity to engage directly with the people and the plans for the Junction, as well as a chance to give city staff your feedback and comments. Takoma Park Community Center, Azalea Room
Monday, November 24, 7:30 pm - City Council Meeting - Continued discussion of the Junction proposals among Council members. Public comment period begins at 7:30 pm in Takoma Park Community Center, Auditorium
The Junction story and the proposals for the City lot are on display in the Historic Takoma window. Details of the proposals can be found at takomaparkmd.gov.
7328 Carroll Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912
P.O. Box 5781
Takoma Park, MD 20913
When visiting Historic Takoma, please walk, bike or take public transportation. Parking is available either in the public lot adjacent to the TPSS Coop, or in front of or behind the Carroll Avenue businesses that are accessed from Lee Avenue.
Tale of the Evolving Takoma Junction
(The Changing Face of Takoma Junction)
by Diana KohnCarnivals like this one were an annual occurence in Takoma Park in the 1930s. Can you guess where the carnival was located? A Takoma Journal headline from June 21, 1935, explains: "Carnival Week Starts July 29; To Be Held at Manor Circle."
The Volunteer Fire Department used the empty space next to the new fire station for their annual fundraiser.
This corner of town, which we call the Junction, has seen its share of comings and goings in the decades since General Samuel Sprigg Carroll first built his Manor House here following the Civil War. After Takoma Park was incorporated in 1890 this intersection became the outer residential edge of the new suburb. The arrival of the Adventists at the turn of the 20th century, and their focus on Sligo Creek for a college and hospital, made the Junction more of an epicenter. Trolleys passing through on their runs to Sligo Creek provided a link from the train station (now the Metro station). The construction of the Fire Station in 1928, and its subsequent role in community gatherings, prompted the development of a row of retail and commercial stores on one side of the Junction. Next came a Safeway grocery (now the Co-op) and a gas station (now the art deco pavilion).
A revitalization in the 1980s added new sidewalks and the Jim Colwell mural to the pavillion. A depot for trash collection became what is now a City parking lot. The intersection also was given its current name, Takoma Junction. The Co-op arrived in 1998, and a series of taskforces were convened to offer new ideas, none of which materialized.
Now the Junction is again the subject of citywide interest as the City Council considers potential 21st century changes. As a new future is debated, this Photo Album offers a look back at the changing face of the intersection where Ethan Allen meets Carroll Avenue.
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