New Hampshire Avenue Initiative
“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 by 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, join us on Facebook or sign up for periodic email announcements.
Projects on the New Ave
Here is a sampling of the many City-led projects that make up the New Hampshire Avenue Initiative:
Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape
The Ethan Allen Gateway Streetscape Project is designed to create an attractive streetscape for local residents and shoppers at this important intersection on New Hampshire Avenue. The project employs Complete Streets principles, promoting walking, biking, and public transportation, while adding green space and improving water quality with stormwater management facilities.
Crossroads Farmers Market
The Crossroads Farmers Market, 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. Recent green improvements have been made to the Holton Lane Gateway area. Murals celebrate the culture and identity of the New Ave, as do grant-supported performances and events.
The New Ave Website
A hub of information, www.theNewAve.com provides a business directory for the 500+ restaurants, retail establishments, and professional services located in the New Ave corridor. The website highlights properties for revitalization and redevelopment while providing updates about ongoing infrastructure projects, community grants, small business resources, and local events.
Plans for the New Ave
New Hampshire Avenue Corridor Concept Plan
The 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 multiway 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 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 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 presentation on the Sector Plan area (PDF), with a focus on the plans, standards, and guidelines used to evaluate development proposals and guide projects in the Takoma/Langley Crossroads area.