Metro announces sale of property ‘ideal for development’

Image courtesy NAI Michael

Metro plans to “save money by reducing maintenance expenses on property Metro no longer needs, while generating additional capital and operating expenses.” In other words, it’s selling off property that is being promoted as “ideal for development.”

From less than a quarter of an acre to nearly 40 acres, this portfolio of surplus property includes eight lots now on the market spanning DC, Maryland and Virginia and one property available for ground lease. Several sites are near or adjacent to Metro stations, including Columbia Heights, College Park, and Glenmont.  Metro expects to put more property up for sale over the next two years as it continues to evaluate inventory.

A WMATA release posted about the sales, brokered by NAI Michael, makes specific mention of the the following properties currently available for purchase or lease:

Baltimore Avenue, College Park, Maryland

  • Parcel is located at the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and Albion Road and adjoins the Riverdale Park Station residential and retail complex anchored by Whole Foods

Southern Avenue Metro Station Parcels, Temple Hills, Maryland

  • Two parcels adjoining the Southern Avenue Metro Station on the Green Line

Glenmont Metro Station Parcel, Silver Spring, Maryland

  • Parcel adjoins the Glenmont Metro Station west entrance on the Red Line

9400 Lottsford Road, Largo, Maryland

  • Parcel is ¼ mile from the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, in construction, and the Largo Town Center Metro Station on the Blue and Silver Lines

Branch Avenue Metro Station, Suitland, Maryland

  • Parcel is across the street from the Branch Avenue Metro Station on the Green Line

5708 Vine Street, Alexandria, Virginia

  • Pad site just off the intersection of Eisenhower Avenue and South Van Dorn Street

7100 Chestnut Street, Washington, DC

  • Single family lot

12415 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland

  • Pad available for ground lease only next to the Glenmont Metro Station east entrance

1100 Park Road NW, Washington, DC

  • Corner lot at the intersection of Park Road, NW and 11th Street, NW

The last entry, 1100 Park Road NW, is a 7,000 square foot lot in Columbia Heights, that has since 2009 been home to an unofficial Columbia Heights Dog Park.  The proposed sale has neighbors up in arms.  A community organization, 11th & Bark, was earlier formed to work with the D.C. Council on efforts to save the park, and The Current will continue to monitor its efforts. 

“Our riders want affordable, cost-effective public transit and to do that we need to find new sources of revenue and efficiencies,” said Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Paul J. Wiedefeld. “We are turning over every stone, looking at all of our assets to get the most out of every dollar and ensure continued financial stability.”