Thursday, January 24, 2013
Money for the parks comes through Program Open Space.
Montgomery County got the green light Wednesday to create and expand parks in Burtonsville, Aspen Hill and Fairland. Funding for the parks comes through Program Open Space, which is administered by the state Board of Public Works. The board approved the following Montgomery County projects for funding Wednesday, according to a statement by the Department of Natural Resources: Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties also received funding for parks. Gov. Martin O’Malley chairs the Board of Public Works, whose other two members are Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The property next to Zimmerman Park in the Town of Chevy Chase will not become a public park.
The Town of Chevy Chase Council has decided not to purchase an undeveloped parcel of land—7624 Lynn Dr.—for use as a public park. The parcel of land, adjacent to Zimmerman Park, would have cost the town nearly $600,000, according to the town's website. "The [Town of Chevy Chase] Council voted unanimously (David Lublin being absent) not to proceed with the purchase because it was clear that the community did not favor this action," wrote Mayor Patricia Burda in a statement emailed to town residents. At a recent public meeting, "[many] residents raised fair questions about, among other things, the utility of the property as parkland, whether the benefits of such a purchase were justified by the costs, or whether the money could be better …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The Town of Chevy Chase is accepting public comments and testimony about its possible purchase of an undeveloped parcel of land for a public park.
The Town of Chevy Chase is considering purchasing an undeveloped parcel of land—7624 Lynn Dr., adjacent to Zimmerman Park—for use as a public park. The parcel—which was once two properties that have since been combined—would cost nearly $600,000, according to the town's website. Two independent appraisals—commissioned by the town in 2009 and 2011—have valued the property at $650,000 and $710,000 respectively, and were based on the property being buildable, according to an email message from Town of Chevy Chase Mayor Pat Burda, who added that "from an engineering standpoint, a house can be built there, and the [town] cannot render this lot unbuildable through its building regulations." And, if a house was built on the lot, the town "must …