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Chevy Chase Lake Redevelopment Plan Given Final Approval

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Chevy Chase Lake will soon see a facelift, with bigger changes to come once the Purple Line arrives.
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Chevy Chase Lake will soon see a facelift, with bigger changes to come once the Purple Line arrives.

After months of work and debate, the Montgomery County Council has given final approval to a redevelopment plan for a small community inside the Beltway.

Chevy Chase Lake spans only a few blocks along Connecticut Avenue inside the Beltway, but thousands drive through each day in and out of the city. For the past few months, the County Council has pored over zoning changes that would allow for the redevelopment of the area, which currently consists of a few strip malls and some open and closed gas stations.

Many residents have resisted the changes, saying the traffic problems that already exist in the area would only get worse if the Council allowed for more homes and businesses there.

The final redevelopment plan the Council approved by an 8-1 vote does allow for a limited amount of redevelopment to start soon, but the much larger facelift can not begin until construction on the stretch of the Purple Line that will stop Chevy Chase Lake begins.

Opponents still worry that timeline would still allow for all the redevelopment to be in place before the Purple Line is running, making the traffic headaches on Connecticut Avenue even worse than they are now.

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