Only a Handful of Bethesda, Chevy Chase Properties Affected by Purple Line Plans
But Silver Spring businesses and homeowners could be hit hard.
The properties of only a handful of homeowners and businesses in Bethesda and Chevy Chase are likely to be impacted by plans to construct the Purple Line, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and published late Wednesday night, Jan. 25.
Bethesda businesses listed as being likely to be partially affected by the construction of the Purple Line include the Bethesda Hotel Associates at 7301 Waverly St., the Bethesda Chevy Chase Racquet Club at 4400 Montgomery Ave. and Bethesda Arc LLC (at four separate locations).
Chevy Chase properties listed as likely to be partially affected by the light rail's construction include the Jacobson property at 7600 Lynn Dr., the Landis property at 4300 Kentbury Dr. and the Dietrich property at 7901 Kentbury Dr.
In addition, a property owned by the Town of Chevy Chase on Lynn Drive in Bethesda will likely be partially affected, and the condominium building at 4242 East-West Highway in Chevy Chase is also on the list of properties likely to be partially affected, according to The Post.
The list, as published by The Post, also contains at least one obvious error: The Columbia County Club at 7900 Connecticut Ave., in Chevy Chase, is listed as being in Silver Spring. The club's property is likely to be partially affected by the construction of the Purple Line, according to the list.
Nonetheless, dozens of firms and homeowners that actually are located in Silver Spring will likely be impacted by construction of the Purple Line. Scroll through the list to see the property addresses.
The list—which is not final, transportation officials say—"provides the first detailed look at properties that state transit planners say might be needed to build two tracks for light rail trains along local streets," The Post reported.
"The spreadsheet lists about 500 parcels, including about 170 that would be condemned temporarily during construction before being restored and returned to the owner, said Henry Kay, head of project development for the Maryland Transit Administration," The Post added.