Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The county school board voted to cancel its lease of the Brickyard site in Potomac with the county, which had planned to develop the site with soccer fields.
The Brickyard Road property in Potomac—owned by Montgomery County Public Schools and leased for use as an organic farm for the past three decades—is no longer being considered for lease to the county, which intended to turn it into soccer fields, MCPS announced Tuesday night. In a letter to the county school board on Tuesday, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) wrote that the county was relinquishing the county's lease on the site, and that the county no longer intends to develop the property for recreational purposes. The site—once slated for a middle school—has been the focus of months of controvery and legal wrangling. A group of Potomac activists, residents and farm supporters want the site to be maintained as an organic farm…
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
“We have thousands of kids competing for fields in this county,” booster parent says.
Parents say the soccer fields proposed by the Brickyard Soccer Field Project are long overdue. For nearly two years, the Brickyard Road Middle School site in the heart of Potomac has been embroiled in a heated battle between Montgomery County’s mission to turn the site into youth soccer fields, and local activists’ desire to save a 32-year-old organic farm. The most vocal of the fight’s participants have opposed the county’s plan, but soccer parents are starting to speak up. "I really feel that the bottom line is that the people in Potomac—and many of my friends live there—they don't want the traffic, they don't want the hassle. But it's really not about that small group in Potomac. It has to be about what's best for the county," said …
Monday, October 1, 2012
The coalition has offered to withdraw its legal suits if three conditions are met.
A proposal described as an olive branch has been offered in a touchy and expensive legal case that has involved Potomac residents, county officials and even the governor in a dispute over the future of an organic farm. The Brickyard Coalition, in a proposal to Montgomery County Public Schools, has offered what it says is a way to end lengthy litigation over the Brickyard Road Middle School site in Potomac. The school property currently is home to a 30-year-old organic farm, but soon may be turned over to Montgomery County so the land can be developed into soccer fields. The county, the board of education, the farm and the Brickyard Coalition have spent thousands in the court battles in which opponents of the development claim the county …
Sunday, April 22, 2012
The week's top Montgomery County news headlines.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Catch up on news you might have missed this week, including the county planning director's resignation, a rapper's unsolved shooting death and an armed robbery in North Potomac. Planning Director Rollin Stanley Resigns Montgomery County Planning Director Rollin Stanley announced his resignation Thursday. He will be leaving his post in mid-May for a planning position in another jurisdiction. Read more on Chevy Chase Patch. Board of Education Approves Rock Creek Hills for New Middle School Site The Montgomery County Board of Education approved Rock Creek Hills Local Park in Kensington this week as the site for a new middle school in the cramped Bethesda-Chevy Chase cluster. But, the school site has run into opposition from both the …