WMATA planners say extending Metro outward is not wise right now. Extensions like to Price William County don’t make economic sense and Metro needs to focus on its core capacity first. (PlanItMetro)
Housing and politics
When the Alexandria City Council voted to allow JBG to build a new mixed-use plan in the West End, the only dissenter was Alison Silberberg, now the Mayor-elect. Residents and tenant advocates hope that she will negotiate with the developer for more affordable units. (WAMU)
Rockville city officials have proposed a five-block tunnel under Rockville Pike to make way for BRT, connect the Metro station to the town center, and address congestion. It’s still unclear how the town will pay for it. (Bethesda Beat) (Tip: Chester B.)
No development for Lake Anne
A plan to add over 800 new housing plus mixed-use square footage at Reston’s Lake Anne community is squashed for now. It would have taken 12 years to complete the build out. (Reston Now) (Tip: KC)
Montgomery County officials are considering creating a loan authority to allow residents to refinance student loans. The program could help attract and retain young, educated workers in the county. (Post)
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