New Hampshire Avenue Initiative

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"The New Ave" is the City's initiative to encourage public and private investment along the New Hampshire Avenue corridor and to promote the creation of a welcoming regional destination for international goods and services. This is achieved fostering the development of economically viable commercial centers, thriving small businesses, and diverse neighborhoods offering a wide range of commercial and housing options.

To learn more about the exciting business and development opportunities available along the New Hampshire Avenue corridor - and to find out about some great restaurants and places to shop - check out The New Ave external link icon, join us on Facebook external link icon or sign up for periodic email announcementsemail icon with link

Plans for the New Ave

New Hampshire Avenue Corridor Concept Plan

The PDF icon New Hampshire Avenue Corridor Concept Plan (PDF) establishes a framework for the revitalization and redevelopment of New Hampshire Avenue, south of Sligo Creek. The plan includes detailed phasing and implementation steps for a variety of initiatives including the reconstruction of New Hampshire Avenue as a multi-way boulevard with a pedestrian and bike friendly design and mixed use infill projects.

Takoma Langley Crossroads Sector Plans

A comprehensive planning effort undertaken by both Montgomery and Prince George's Counties to prepare for the Purple Line and to facilitate transit oriented development around the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard, the plans include proposed zoning changes, design guidelines, and transportation improvements supported by the community.

The Montgomery County Takoma Langley Crossroads Sector Plan external link icon includes most of Takoma Park's Ward 6, bounded by Carroll Avenue, Long Branch Stream Valley Park, University Boulevard, and the City's eastern boundary with Prince George's County.

The Prince George's County Takoma/Langley Crossroads Sector Plan external link icon area includes Langley Park, which is north of University Boulevard and east of the Takoma Park City boundary.

In May 2015, City Council heard a  PDF iconpresentation on  the Sector Plan area (PDF), with a focus on the development standards used to evaluate development proposals and guide projects in the Takoma Langley Crossroads.


Projects on the New Ave

Here is a sampling of the many projects that make up the New Ave Initiative:

Logo for The New AvenueThe New Ave Website external link icon Business directory for the 500 restaurants, retail establishments and professional services located in the New Ave corridor highlights properties for revitalization and redevelopment while providing information about ongoing infrastructure projects, community grants, small business resources, and local events.

Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape

The Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape Project is designed to create an attractive streetscape for shoppers and pedestrians, promote the use of public transportation by providing ADA compliant linkages, and improve area water quality through using sustainable stormwater infiltration technology. For more information on this ongoing project please visit The New Ave. external link icon

Crossroads Farmers Market

The Crossroads Farmers Marketexternal link icon a producers-only market nationally recognized as a pioneer in bringing fresh produce to low-income families, was established with City support in 2007. Participating vendors grow and/or process their own goods within a 125-mile radius of Takoma Park.

New Ave Placemaking

A variety of colorful benches, seats, rocking chairs, and trash and recycling containers are installed at prominent locations along the New Hampshire Avenue corridor. Unique banners celebrating the international flavor of the business community are displayed along Holton Lane. Murals and sidewalk decals placed at heavily trafficked areas and prominent buildings further promote the New Ave.

Photo example of New Hampshire Avenue placemaking colorful benches and trash cans
Example of New Hampshire Avenue Initiative Placemaking

For a complete listing, visit our Projects page on the New Aveexternal link icon


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