(Bethesda, MD, February 3, 2011) -- On January 27, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett signed the public hearing officer’s report and recommendation for the abandonment of a portion of Lincoln Street, as requested by Suburban Hospital.
In April 2008 the hospital had requested abandonment of one block of Lincoln Street between Old Georgetown Road and Grant Street in order to construct an addition to the hospital and a new parking structure.
The addition to Suburban Hospital represents the first major clinical enhancement to the hospital facilities since 1979. It will provide 15 state-of-the-art operating rooms, on-site physician offices, and all-private patient rooms. The new parking garage will resolve long-standing parking shortages on the campus, enhance pedestrian and vehicular safety, and reduce the amount of surface parking.
“Suburban Hospital was very pleased that the public hearing officer and County Executive recognize that the significant public benefit resulting from the hospital being able to implement its campus enhancement plan outweighs the inconvenience to some of closing one block of a three-block street where the neighborhood is well served by several other roads,” said Leslie Ford Weber, senior vice president of government and community relations. The public hearing officer’s report also notes that the neighborhood around the hospital will benefit from the construction of additional sidewalks provided by the hospital, the reduction in cut-through traffic, and improved traffic conditions.
The County Executive has conveyed this report and recommendation to the Montgomery County Council, which has final authority over the approval of the abandonment.