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New Montgomery County Facility Will Cost 'Nothing' Eventually

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Montgomery county leaders, including county executive Isiah Leggett (center) break ground on the new equipment and maintenance operations center.
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Montgomery county leaders, including county executive Isiah Leggett (center) break ground on the new equipment and maintenance operations center.

The county's new equipment and maintenance operations center will be tucked up against the Metro station, as well as the brand new Inter-county Connector. It will cost just under $37 million, but county executive Isiah Leggett says this is part of a plan that over time, will cost the county nothing.

He explains this facility will replace a similar one in the same area, and give an opening to private developers.

"We will generate additional taxes on lands that we no longer will have county facilities on," says Leggett. "Those lands do not generate any tax base right now."

Getting a private developer isn't a guarantee in this economy, but Leggett says they can't sit around.

"We can't wait until the economy is exactly the way you want it to be, because you'll never get there," says Leggett. "But I think we have enough impetus here because of the connectivity and proximity to Metro."

The new county facility will open in two years.

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