Community Issues

We aim to promote community dialogue, friendship, and goodwill for the residents and commercial enterprises within and around the Long Branch area.  

Our goal includes sharing news and information impacting this community and we hope to bring awareness to community needs, such as revitalization, land use, crime prevention - and of course - the future Purple Line.

 
 

Trash is strewn throughout the creek.  (Yes, that's a desk chair at the bottom of the image)

Long Branch Creek

In addition to being the namesake for our community, the Long Branch Creek provides a green-space that benefits all members of the community.  

An unfortunate side effect of living in a densely populated place, however, is that not all residents are similarly minded when it comes to environmental stewardship and general respect for your neighbors. 

Despite residents' best efforts, including the partnerships with Friends of Sligo Creek, we face an uphill battle. We ask that our representatives, as well as those entities within Montgomery County such as Montgomery Parks Department and Montgomery Planning, to take concrete steps toward protecting Long Branch Creek.

For reference, all of the photos shown here were taken on February 19, 2017, along the stretch adjacent to Long Branch-Garland Neighborhood Park and the Good Acre / Pine Ridge Apartments.


Crime

We're fortunate to live in an area with few incidents of violent crime.  This does not mean that we're immune to crime.  

Though the act of vandalism or graffiti tagging is minor in comparison to other aspects of law enforcement, we encourage Montgomery County Police and Montgomery County Park Police to be vigilant of gang-related tagging.  The image on the right reads, "MS Fuck Your Control," and has been visible along Long Branch Creek for nearly a year now. Prior to that, it read "Fuck the Police" and included MS-related tags.

The Montgomery County Police Department publishes weekly Crime Summaries.  In 2017, the following incidents were reported in the 3rd District of Silver Spring, H1 Beat:

  • 02/16/2017
    • An attempted commercial burglary occurred at the Foxhall Apartments leasing office located at 8715 Piney Branch Road in the early morning hours of 02/05.
  • 02/09/2017
    • A residential burglary occurred in the 500 block of Domer Avenue between approximately 8:30 a.m. and approximately 10:00 a.m. on 01/25. No signs of forced entry; property was taken. The
      suspect was arrested.
  • 02/02/2017
    • A commercial armed robbery occurred at Mega Mart located at 706 University Boulevard East in the early morning hours of 01/21. The suspect displayed a weapon and took cash. The suspect was arrested.
    • A residential burglary occurred in the 8600 block of Piney Branch Road between approximately 12:00 p.m. and approximately 3:00 p.m. on 01/22. No signs of forced entry; property was taken. 
  • 01/26/2017
    • A burglary occurred at Rolling Terrace Elementary School located at 705 Bayfield Street in the early morning hours of 01/17. Forced entry; property was taken.
    • Two residential burglaries occurred in the following areas:
      • In the 700 block of Forston Street at approximately 12:19 p.m. on 01/13. Forced entry; nothing was taken.
      • In the 8600 block of Piney Branch Road between approximately 11:45 a.m. and approximately 3:30 p.m. on 01/16. No signs of forced entry; property was taken.
  • 01/19/2017
    • A residential burglary occurred in the 8600 block of Carroll Avenue between approximately 7:00 a.m. and approximately 5:00 p.m. on 01/06. No signs of forced entry; property was taken.
  • 01/12/2017
    • An aggravated assault occurred in the 8600 block of Garland Avenue in the early morning hours of 01/01. The suspect displayed a weapon and assaulted the adult male victim.
    • An armed robbery occurred in the 8700 block of Carroll Avenue at approximately 3:45 p.m. on 01/04. The suspects assaulted the adult male victim and took his cash and property.
    • Multiple thefts from vehicles occurred between 12/26 and 01/03. Affected streets include the 8300 and 8700 blocks of Carroll Avenue and the 1100 block of Quebec Street. Force was reported in two events, unknown means of entry into the other vehicles; cash, property, and vehicle parts were taken. 
Graffiti tags along Long Branch Creek.

Graffiti tags along Long Branch Creek.


General INfrastructure / Maintenance

There are many infrastructure and general maintenance projects currently taking place in the greater Long Branch area.  These projects are not limited to just involvement on the part of Montgomery County but extend to local jurisdictions (i.e., City of Takoma Park) and to county-wide service providers (e.g., WSSC, Pepco, etc.).

  • WSSC - SR3 Program

WSSC is currently working in the Garland neighborhood to improve the condition of wastewater collection systems.  This work is a part of WSSC's Sewer Repair, Replacement and Rehabilitation (SR3) Program.  

On its website, WSSC notes that they are working hard "to repair and replace parts of the sewer system to restore pipe and manhole conditions. With these improvements, less groundwater will infiltrate into pipes through cracks. As a result, there will be fewer sewer overflows into our waterways enhancing the protection of both public health and the environment, while improving service to WSSC’s customers. Repair work will include pipe lining, relocation, or replacement; replacing manhole frames and covers; grouting; and other types of repairs. The net effect of these changes will be improvement to local water quality and updated infrastructure that will serve WSSC’s customers for many years to come."

WSSC has not published a projected completion date for this work.

  • STreet Disrepair

Due in large part to the ongoing work being conducted by WSSC, many of the residential roadways in Long Branch's Garland neighborhood are in severe disrepair.  

Residential roadway resurfacing for the Garland neighborhood does not appear to currently be under consideration by the Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT). Though WSSC has indicated that minor repaving will be performed at the conclusion of current SR3 projects, Montgomery County should take advantage of this opportunity to study and review current congestion, traffic patterns, and safety considerations within this neighborhood.

  • Flower Avenue Green STreet Project

The City of Takoma Park is currently developing a design for green street features on a 1-mile section of Flower Avenue (between Piney Branch Road and Carroll Avenue). The project includes traffic calming, pedestrian improvements, bus stop improvements, energy efficient lighting and stormwater management features.

Construction on this project is expected to begin in September/October 2017 and has an estimated budget of $3,131,288.

Additional information can be found on the following website.

Typical street in Long Branch.

Typical street in Long Branch.

Curbs found throughout Long Branch/Garland.