A recent article in the Washington Post states that:
Metro’s real estate team plans to propose leasing 11 properties the agency owns at stations across the region to real estate developers in the hopes of generating economic activity for its partner jurisdictions and new revenue for the agency.
One of those locations is none other than the 5.4 acres of Metro property at the Brookland-CUA Metro Station. This undoubtedly implies development the “Brookland Green”, an area to the east of the Brookland/CUA Metro parking lot that is the only open green space with mature trees remaining in that part of Brookland. For those of us who are fond of the Brookland Green, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise, since the Brookland/CUA Metro Small Area Plan, approved in 2009, calls for developing the space into a mixed use development. The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association has long anticipated that the Brookland Green would face the threat of development and has been working to preserve it for years. I am not anti development at all, especially public transit oriented development, but I feel that development needs to be balanced with the preservation of green spaces for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which is that it would be would be a shame to see the large mature trees on the property felled.
This is not a done deal yet though, as the decision has to get past at a meeting of the Metro board’s real estate committee on Thursday. At the meeting Stanley Wall, Metro’s director of real estate and station planning, will propose that Metro solicit development agreements for the 11 properties. If that goes forward, then the Metro’s full board will also have to approve the plan as well. Enjoy the Brookland Green while you can!