But the east side of the Shady Grove area planned for smart growth development is still experiencing some hiccups. Although the Department of General Services has already chosen NVR and LCOR to development the land, the county is having trouble finding a satisfactory solution – temporary or permanent – for moving the more than 400 buses, along with parking spaces for drives and training functions, elsewhere in the county.
The County Council has given itself until the end of 2015 to declare “no further need” on the property, in the hopes that it can have solutions in place by then for the 35-acre site. As a temporary solution, the council has considered placing buses at a number of sites throughout the county and is considering the current Blair Ewing Center on Avery Road as a permanent site.
“Well, there’s no perfect solution; that’s for sure. But we will have a solution, and we have to come up with one. This is simply unacceptable to have buses at this location,” Leggett said, because of the area master plan and its proximity to public transit.
MCPS has to vacate the site of the bus depot by 2017 and has been trying to find a location for the bus depot for about a decade.