Some Takoma Park residents voiced concerns that a redevelopment plan could funnel more traffic to residential neighborhoods during a neighborhood meeting Thursday night.
Residents of Takoma Park’s Ward 6 said they are worried that the proposed Takoma-Langley Crossroads Sector Plan and a new light rail line, which would create two Metro stops on University Boulevard, would cause problems.
Takoma Park Council member Frederick Schultz, who represents Ward 6, said the redevelopment plan calls for more retail space, and that would generate more movement.
“We don’t want the neighborhood to be used as a cut-through area,” Schultz said, of the area near the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard.
The Takoma-Langley Crossroads Sector Plan was created by Montgomery County planners in anticipation of the construction of the Purple Line, a light rail system that will run from New Carrollton to Bethesda.
The sector plan, which hasn’t yet been voted on by the Montgomery County Council, would include rezoning of about 55 acres into a CR Zone, which allows a mixed use for residential, commercial and office purposes. The plan would put the highest density commercial area close to the Purple Line Metro stations and a proposed $12 million transit center, in the northwest corner of the University Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue intersection.
The center would provide a central location for the various bus routes that serve the area and will include a shelter and restrooms, according to the Maryland Transit Administration’s website.
Montgomery County’s development plan also calls for creating new streets, improving New Hampshire Avenue and University Boulevard and building sidewalks and bike paths to encourage walking and biking as means of transportation.
At the end of the meeting Ilona Blanchard, community development coordinator for Takoma Park, proposed scheduling a meeting every two weeks to include community input before the next County Council hearing on the proposal in May.
–By Maryland Newsline’s Maite Fernandez