More culturally diverse sounds, sights, and bites in Wheaton

Wheaton re-designated as Arts and Entertainment District

WHEATON, Md. - The sounds, sights, and bites in one area will soon reflect its diverse culture.

The Maryland State Arts Council re-designated Wheaton as an Arts and Entertainment District for another decade.

“It really is a mechanism for enhancing economic development in a district and enhancing community engagement in a particular area,” said Luisa Montero-Diaz, Mid-County Regional Service Center Director.

For example, qualifying, local artists are exempt from paying income tax.

“Wheaton is a very diverse community, a lot of people are represented particularly in the restaurants that people come to Wheaton for,” said Montero-Diaz.

From The Cancun Grill to Limerick's Pub--even the food is diverse.

Downtown Wheaton's boundaries will also be expanded, but perhaps the biggest upcoming change will be in Wheaton Triangle.

“[It’ll] have a plaza with seating, grass, landscape--potential for art in many places,” said Montero-Diaz.

Construction in Wheaton Triangle will begin next January.

It is expected to open to the public in 2019.

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