Thursday, August 24, 2017
Last chance to object to MoCo's Ourisman Honda scheme on Bethesda Avenue
This 50-year agreement still does not resolve questions about ladder truck turning space for emergencies behind the Flats at Bethesda Avenue, how the secret future Purple Line extension will now fit between the Ourisman garage and the Flats, and the garage's overwhelming presence over the trail.
Why is the County lobbying so hard for the deal? First, the County ineptly approved the illegal expansion of the dealership, after it reviewed only Ourisman's blueprints rather than researching the complex rights-of-way in that former CSX rail corridor, and doesn't want to go to court over the matter. And perhaps equally important, Ourisman has been a substantial financial donor to current elected officials such as County Executive Ike Leggett and County Councilmember George Leventhal. The latter fact mysteriously is not mentioned in media coverage of the scandal. I am shocked. Shocked.
The public has one final opportunity to weigh in on the deal. Any objection to the agreement must now be filed in writing with County Executive Ike Leggett by the close of business on September 11, 2017, at Executive Office Building, Department of Transportation, 10th floor, 101 Monroe Street, Rockville, MD 20850, Attention: Chris Conklin.