Thursday, March 30, 2017
Ourisman Honda said to be in violation of 3 rights-of-way at Capital Crescent Trail
Control of at least one of those rights-of-way may belong to the federal Surface Transportation Board, not Montgomery County. That is because the trail right-of-way was once a CSX rail line called the Georgetown Branch. Montgomery County's primary secret interest in the space here is the plan to eventually extend the Purple Line to Westbard and the Shops at Sumner Place via the trail right-of-way.
Questions raised about the additional easements yesterday will have to be resolved before the Ourisman appeal of the county's order to halt construction can go forward. During yesterday's conference, it was also revealed that the County Department of Permitting Services stopped Ourisman's demolition of its new wall by the trail, out of concern for the safety of passersby.