Redevelopment Plan for Long Branch Emphasizes Transit

County officials presented ideas on land use for the Silver Spring neighborhood.

A bundle of ideas to enhance the Long Branch neighborhood's sense of community and to increase walkability from the planned Purple Line were presented to the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday.

The Long Branch Sector Plan offers a framework for land use in the neighborhood over the next 15 to 20 years with a focus on the area on Piney Branch Road between Flower Avenue and University Boulevard. Officials hope that the two planned Metrorail stations—at Arliss Street and at University Boulevard—will "catalyze redevelopment and reinvestment" in the area. 

An enhanced pedestrian and bicycle network; rezoning that requires developers to make their projects friendly to walkers, cyclists and Metro riders, and a historic designation for Flower Theatre are among the proposals suggested to spur redvelopment. 

The Planning Board will set a public hearing this winter to hear testimony from the community before a series of work sessions to amend the plan. The Montgomery County Council will need to sign off on the final draft of the sector plan before it takes effect.  

Woodside Park Bob December 14, 2012 at 03:13 PM
This article contains a common error. It says "Officials hope that the two planned Metrorail stations— ...." The Purple Line is not a Metro line. It is a light rail modern version of a trolley running mostly on tracks in streets, not on a dedicated high speed right-of-way. One also has to wonder about how realistic a plan is that relies on the Purple Line given the ever-decreasing likelihood that there will be any money available to actually build it. Even if we don't go over the "fiscal cliff," federal money will be very limited, but the Purple Line relies on federal funds. In addition it also requires state funds, but the transportation fund is essentially empty and soon won't even be able to totally fund maintenance on existing roads, etc. And meanwhile the state just increased the estimate of how much it will cost to build the Purple Line.
Sue Ann Gething December 14, 2012 at 04:05 PM
The Purple Line offers no better service than what is currently offered by the extensive bus lines that constantly run that area. The buses are reasonably priced and able to be flexible when something blocks their path. After the last few years of high-priced, low service metrorail, I would prefer to stick with reliable, fast, and adaptable buses.


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