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Fire Station 18 Might Cross Georgia Avenue

Montgomery County is looking at a new location for the fire station at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road in Glenmont.

Before the State Highway Administration begins construction of the new interchange at Georgia Avenue and Randolph Road, the fire station that sits at the southeast corner must move.

The will discuss the site change at its meeting Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Rockville.

Original plans sited the new location on a piece of property in Glenmont owned by the Washington Metropolitan Administration Transportation Authority. But the county did not make a commitment to purchase the land, which has now shrunk because of the new Metro parking garage at the Glenmont station.

David Dise, who directs the county's department of general services, told councilmembers at a public hearing Tuesday afternoon that if the fire station were built on the downsized WMATA property, there would only be room for three fire engine bays, instead of four.

Because of concerns that a smaller fire station would not be able to handle service needs in the area, : The southwest corner of the Georgia Avenue-Randolph Road intersection. 

This property is currently empty, but was once the site of the old Glenmont Elementary School, and was a planned location for the Victory Youth Center.

The fire station would occupy a little over one third of the property, Dise said.

Councilmember Nancy Floreen suggested using the extra space for recreation purposes, specificially at least one youth soccer field.

Chris Coleman July 18, 2012 at 07:44 PM
So, it would move literally across the street from its current location. That's fine, but I really hope something useful is put on the rest of that property (not that the Fire Station isn't useful).
AntonFisher July 18, 2012 at 08:32 PM
The rest of it will be a community Park.
Raj A Gool July 19, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Great idea, that lot has been vacant for way too long.
Ben Schumin July 19, 2012 at 06:51 PM
This is a great idea. Seems a perfect spot to put a fire station, and it won't be a fifth point on an intersection in this new location. How many people have accidentally turned into the fire station when making a right onto Randolph from Georgia Avenue?

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