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PLCC Coalition Building Happy Hour, October 26, 2023

Time: October 26, 2023, 5-7:30 PM

PLCC Happy Hour

Join the Purple Line Corridor Coalition for a fall happy hour! This is an informal opportunity to connect in-person with organizations, agencies, and neighbors working for equitable change in Purple Line communities. We’re hoping to use this opportunity to expand our network, so please bring a friend or colleague who might be interested in joining the PLCC network!

Please register by Friday, October 20 so that we can give the restaurant an accurate headcount.

What? Happy hour with PLCC*

When? October 26 from 5-7:30 PM

Where? Alegria Food Court, 1535 University Blvd E, Langley Park, MD

*Attending the event is free, but food and drink are at your own expense. Meals range from $15-25

Happy Hour del PLCC

Acompañe a la Coalición del Corredor de la Línea Morada (PLCC) para un Happy Hour este otoño. Esta es una oportunidad informal para conectarse en persona con organizaciones, agencias, y vecinos que trabajan por lograr cambios equitativos en las comunidades de la Línea Morada. Esperamos usar esta oportunidad para expandir nuestra red, por eso invite a un amigo o colega que pueda estar interesado en unirse a la red de PLCC.

Favor de registrarse antes del viernes, 20 de octubre para darle al restaurante el número exacto de asistentes.

¿Qué? Happy Hour con el PLCC*

¿Cuándo? 26 de octubre de 5 a 7:30 pm

¿Dónde? Alegria Food Court, 1535 University Blvd. E., Langley Park, MD

*Asistir a este evento es gratis, pero el costo de la comida y bebidas corren por su cuenta. Los platos de comida fluctúan entre los $15-25

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Feedback needed! PLCC Housing Action Plan update

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO END OF APRIL. We want to hear from you! 
The Purple Line Corridor Coalition welcomes your thoughts on its draft Housing Action Plan: 2023–2027. We will be accepting comments on this draft plan until Sunday, April 30, 2023.  
Click here for the full draft plan.  
Click here for a summary of the plan’s seven (7) core actions: English | Spanish  

How can I provide comments to the PLCC? 
There are two (2) ways to offer comments on this draft plan: 

  1. By web form: Click here to access the web form: English | Spanish
  1. By email: Comments can be emailed directly to Laura Searfoss, Senior Program Director, Mid-Atlantic, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.: lsearfoss@enterprisecommunity.org. Email is the best way to share formatted documents, such as letters. 

More about our Housing Action Plan: 2023–2027 
What is the PLCC’s Housing Action Plan?  
The Housing Action Plan sets the big-picture direction for the coalition’s housing work, including actions we implement directly as a coalition, our advocacy and policy agenda, our engagement of community stakeholders, and actions we hope others will advance within their own spheres of influence. 

Why did the PLCC update its 2019–2022 Housing Action Plan? 
The first Housing Action Plan was designed to guide us until the anticipated opening of the Purple Line in 2022. The construction of the Purple Line has been delayed, expected to open in 2027. And a lot has happened since our first plan. This updated plan reflects our successes, challenges, and lessons over the last few years and aims to be responsive to the needs and aspirations of Purple Line residents. 

Will my comments be anonymous? 
It depends on how you share our comments with us. All comments submitted through the web form will be anonymous unless you voluntarily share your contact information with us to receive a final copy of the Housing Action Plan. All comments sent to us via email will not be anonymous, because they will include identifying information (email address). 

How will my comments be used? 
Your comments will be used to create a stronger plan and as these actions are implemented, more housing choices for people of all backgrounds to stay and move near the Purple Line. We will review all comments and based on those comments, identify potential changes to the Housing Action Plan: 2023–2027. Significant changes to the Housing Action Plan: 2023–2027 will be reviewed by the HAAT Leadership Team. 

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September 28 report release event

September 28 Release Event

Purple Line Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Strategy

The Purple Line Corridor Coalition and the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland are pleased to invite you to the release of a comprehensive set of strategies to drive equitable development along the Purple Line.  “The Purple Line Equitable Transit-Oriented Development Strategy” is the product of a two-year planning process funded by a transit-oriented development planning grant from the Federal Transit Administration. The report includes strategies for affordable housing, small business preservation, safe pedestrian/bicycle access to stations, and inclusive economic growth. 

Please Join Us:
Wednesday, September 28
Brigadier General Charles E. McGee Library
900 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
(outside where the Purple Line will run under the library)
9:30a   Light refreshments
10:00a Program 

Please RSVP here.

We look forward to seeing you!
Join us for the release of a Purple Line ETOD strategy
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PLCC’s 2021-2022 Small Business Support Action Plan

PLCC’s 2021-2022 Small Business Support Action Plan is now available, and it will guide PLCC’s work to support small and microbusinesses through the overlapping challenges of rising commercial rents, construction disruptions, and the pandemic.

The PLCC Small Business Support Action Plan builds on a three-phase small business COVID recovery framework developed by Jill Schlesinger, a nationally-syndicated financial columnist. This includes immediate Triage, medium-term Transition, and long-term Transformation strategies that will create vibrant spaces for the existing community and attract new customers. This plan prioritizes six neighborhoods, referred to throughout the plan as equity areas, where small businesses are most vulnerable to displacement and where increased community investment can drive racial equity. These areas include Greater Riverdale, communities along University Boulevard including Northern Gateway and Langley Park, Long Branch, Bonifant Street and Fenton Village in Silver Spring, and the Brookville Road Business District in Lyttonsville. There are an estimated 830 micro-businesses within 1/2 mile and 513 micro-businesses within 1/4 mile of these stations.

Co-Chaired by the Latino Economic Development Center and CASA, the PLCC Small Business Action Team is focused on supporting existing businesses and strengthening commercial corridors. Strategies identified include:

-Place-based Management, Technical Assistance and Service Coordination

-Policy, Advocacy, and Education

-Marketing and Promotion

-Research and Relationship-Building for Transformation

See the Executive Summary here, and the full Small Business Support Action Plan here.

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