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Wheaton Re-Designated as Arts & Entertainment District

Release Date: June 30, 2016

Wheaton, MD – June 30, 2016 – The Wheaton Urban District is proud to announce that Wheaton has been re-designated as an official Arts & Entertainment (A&E) District for the next ten years by the Maryland State Arts Council. In Montgomery County it joins only two other urban districts with the same distinction: Bethesda and Silver Spring.  Along with re-designation, expansion of the District boundaries was also approved to include the new Wheaton Library/Recreation Center and Westfield Mall.  This expansion allows Wheaton to maximize surrounding acreage in an effort to encourage continued economic and community revitalization.

“The re-designation and expansion of downtown Wheaton as an Arts & Entertainment District provides a boost to the redevelopment effort that is underway and furthermore, supports a place where culture, creativity and economic development can come together and thrive,” said Luisa Montero-Diaz, Mid-County Regional Service Center Director.

As part of the A&E re-designation application, the Wheaton Urban District developed a strategic plan which will guide activity and growth in a manner consistent with the values articulated by so many in the Wheaton community.  To view the Strategic Plan, please visit:

To learn more about the Maryland State Arts Council, the A&E program and the tax incentives available to developers and artists within the District, visit