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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 01/18/2011

Groundbreaking at Glenmont Metro

By Washington Post Editors

State and local officials held a groundbreaking Tuesday for a new parking garage at the Glenmont Metrorail Station.

Construction, which began earlier this month, is expected to continue for about a year on the six-story parking garage, which will be across Georgia Avenue from the station.

The 1,200-space garage should open in early 2012, Metro said, and will bring total parking at Glenmont to nearly 3,000 spaces. The new garage is expected to cost $24.7 million.

"The current demand for parking at Glenmont is overwhelming and far exceeds available capacity, with the garage filling up by 7:45 a.m. on most weekdays," said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. "When this new garage is completed in 2012, commuters will no longer be turned away due to lack of station parking."

According to officials, the Glenmont Station, which opened in 1999, has the fourth highest number of weekday boardings in Montgomery County, with an average of 6,000 (Silver Spring and Shady Grove have the most with more than 13,000).

Other officials who appeared at the groundbreaking included U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.); County Council President Valerie Ervin; and Metro Interim General Manager
Richard Sarles.

"By increasing parking at Glenmont from just under 1,800 spaces, to almost 3,000 parking spaces, we are making Metro a much more attractive alternative to driving down Georgia Avenue," Sarles said.

Officials hope the garage will earn a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council for being environmentally friendly through its use of energy-efficent materials and green construction practices.

By Washington Post Editors  | January 18, 2011; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Metro, Montgomery County  
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A photo-op for a parking garage? Please, spare me.

How about getting these same pols to DO SOMETHING about the Glenmont area and find some ways to entice developers to either bulldoze the nearby shopping center and start fresh or do a major overhaul. THAT would be worthy of a photo-op, not a stupid parking garage.

Posted by: B-rod | January 19, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

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