The current location of the Blair G. Ewing Center (formerly the Mark Twain School) is along Rock Creek Park. It is at the peak of a hill 400+ feet above sea level and the hill is sharply contoured down steep slopes to the stream bed below. The bus depot would presumably include a filling station, which means underground storage tanks and the substantial likelihood of leaks and other pollution running-off directly into the creek.
Putting a multi acre bus depot on top of this hill is environmental folly. The rain would wash every bit of leaked diesel fuel, motor oil, bus cleaning solvents, paint, grease and tire dust directly downhill into the stream. In no other location along the creek is there a commercial plot of that nature so close to the water.
The Council has banned lawn pesticides and earmarked millions in funding for the construction of thousands of new "Green Streets" facilities around the County, in hopes of preventing erosion and improving water quality. Yet they still intend to put an industrial facility on top of a a steep hill draining directly into Rock Creek. How does putting the bus depot at the Blair G. Ewing Center (on Avery Rd) make any environmental sense?
In addition, the Ewing site is currently zoned in a way that specifically prohibits things like bus depots (i.e., currently R200), and would therefore require re-zoning, which could take multiple years to accomplish (see, e.g., former Vitro/BAE Systems' site re-zoning process) and would almost certainly involve significant litigation from environmental groups, given the school's location within the Rock Creek watershed and only being about 500 feet or so from the creek itself.
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