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County Executive Seeks Use of Eminent Domain for Century Boulevard Extension

The Montgomery County Council will decide Tuesday whether the county executive can take the land

Montgomery County Council will decide on Tuesday whether to authorize County Executive Ike Leggett's use of eminent domain to acquire land needed to extend Century Boulevard to Doresy Mill Road.

Century Boulevard is of interest because it is a major vein of the proposed Corridor Cities Transitway, a 15-mile transportation system offering service between the Shady Grove Metro station and the COMSAT site in Clarksburg. The Germantown neighborhood affected by the road extension is the Cloverleaf District, one of the CCT’s stops.

As of Monday, only two of the five landowners affected had agreed to give up land, according to testimony during the county council’s transportation committee meeting.

Farouk Youssef, president of Cloverleaf Center Condominiums, told the committee that the community he represents, Cloverleaf I, had reached an agreement with county transportation officials last week.

County records show an agreement had already been reached with Cloverleaf Townhome Condominium.

On Jan. 23, the county executive’s office sent a letter to property owners stating that Leggett was going to ask the county council for the authority to acquire the land through eminent domain.

The council had already authorized spending $9.3 million for the half-mile extension. The total cost of the project was estimated at $13.3 million. Developers would bear $4 million, council records show.

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