Cumulus Sale Of WMAL-A/Washington Land Slowed Due To Open Space Concerns
July 29, 2016 at 4:40 AM (PT)
The sale by CUMULUS of the BETHESDA, MD transmitter site for News-Talk WMAL-A/WASHINGTON to TOLL BROTHERS for development as a residential district has been delayed by the county Planning Board due to concerns about open space.
BETHESDA MAGAZINE reports that a memo to the board from the Planning and Stewardship Division posted this week criticizes the preliminary plan for a 328-home development, saying it "falls short" of providing adequate amenities like open space. Zoning laws require at least 15% open space in the project, and TOLL BROTHERS contends that 20% of the proposal includes open space, including presently forested land; it proposed letting MONTGOMERY COUNTY purchase a 5 acre portion of the land for a park but the memo says that the offer is not enough.
Parks master planner BROOKE FARQUHAR told the magazine that the rejection of the TOLL proposal for the 5-acre park is "a basis for sort of negotiating with the applicant."