Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Rockville funeral home to get new life - as retail (Photos)

The Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapel has been a fixture at 1170 Rockville Pike, but closed in December. It hasn't moved far at all, merging with another local name, Sagel Bloomfield, in a new facility directly across the street in the Talbott Center.
Interestingly, the new facility doesn't have a chapel at all, relying on either services at local synagogues or graveside services.

Musicians like me will remember the left side of this retail center as Veneman Music, or "Veneman's." That store eventually moved to Twinbrook Parkway, and eventually was replaced by Guitar Center. Now it is occupied by Bassett Furniture, and the facade is totally different.

Now the funeral home side of the building is getting a full renovation, and will be marketed for lease as several retail units by KLNB Retail. Work appears to be getting started, and here are some renderings of what the new storefronts - on three levels - will look like.

Renderings courtesy KLNB Retail
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