The Montgomery County Council had allocated money for the study in the FY2013 budget, but now will not proceed with a feasibility study for redeveloping the bus bay area in Wheaton, in the triangle between Reedie Drive, Georgia Avenue and Veirs Mill Road.
Last year, the Montgomery County Council approved $650,000 for various studies as part of the Wheaton redevelopment package, including the bus bay feasibility study. The study’s inclusion in the budget came after the council rejected a proposal for private developer B.F. Saul to build a platform over the bus bay – a proposal that County Executive Isiah Leggett had supported. The council instead chose a plan that focused on a new headquarters for the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) on Lot 13.
The bus bay feasibility study had left the door open for future redevelopment on the triangle piece of land owned by the Washington Metropolitan Transit Area Authority. The Council’s senior legislative analyst Jacob Sesker (who was instrumental in shaping last year’s new plan for Wheaton) had said that the bus bays were the most challenging and expensive redevelopment site in downtown Wheaton. After the redevelopment of Parking Lot 13 and the town center, the market would change, and it might make getting a platform built cheaper at some point in the future.