Montgomery County, Maryland is seeking to obtain a clear transportation corridor. However, the notion that private interests are paying a substantial amount of the bill raises the concern of the private interests being the true beneficiary of the transportation improvement.
As is so frequently espoused in this blog, most courts deem any transportation improvement to be a “Public Use” under the respective State Constitutional provision. However, these private engagements which propagate the eminent domain proceeding are bothersome and painful.
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.