Bethesda, MD-based Washington Property Company (WPC) has leased commercial kitchen space in the former home of Progress Place in downtown Silver Spring, MD to a nonprofit culinary training program offered by STEP (Service workers Training & Education Partnership). STEP is a joint benefit fund operated by Local 23 of the international labor union UNITE HERE in partnership with employers such as Aramark, Sodexo, and Compass Group.
Washington Property Company and Montgomery County, MD have finalized and signed an agreement to develop Progress Place, an innovative center providing a range of services to homeless individuals. The new facility will be built adjacent to a county fire station at 8110 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, Maryland. The County selected WPC last year to redevelop and relocate the current homeless services center, which no longer adequately meets the needs of the community it serves.