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FFG last reported that the proposed Purple Line stop near the Forest Glen Annex could support the nearby Army base and develop an area filled with lots of open space and potential. But did you know that a MARC train stop once existed at Linden Lane near the train tracks? State Delegate Al Carr wants to restore this station and has created an E-Petition to support this effort. According to the petition, “A restored station here would serve workers at the adjacent Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Naval Medical Research Center as well as residents living in the Linden, National Park Seminary and Forest Glen Park neighborhoods.”
What makes this proposal particularly interesting is that the MTA (Maryland Transit Administration) is seeking to add another Montgomery County Station on the Brunswick Line sometime between 2020-2029. A stop between Kensington and Silver Spring could serve any additional development prompted by the Purple Line and existing neighborhoods that have expanded in recent times – like the National Park Seminary. Could the Forest Glen area benefit from an additional transportation option? We sure think so! If you would like to support this cause – please sign the E-Petition!
JUNE 8, 2015
FOREST GLEN, MD – Metro plans on engaging Forest Glen residents as early as this fall as WMATA continues the redevelopment process for the Forest Glen Metro Station parking lot. According to Stan Wall, WMATA’s director of real estate and station planning, Metro is keen on assessing the existing transit conditions focusing on pedestrian and bicycle access as well as ensuring that the community has a voice on the kind of development they would like to see replacing the 8-acre parking lot. The redevelopment of the surface parking lot would also include exploring better access across Georgia Ave, said Wall in a conversation with FFG. WMATA hopes to solidify some of these details before the solicitation process starts at the end of this year.
What would you like to see as part of this redevelopment? I for one would like to see small community amenities in the form of a coffee shop, café or dry cleaning and some general gathering space (outdoor and indoor) designed in an attractive mixed-use package representing the vibrancy of the Forest Glen community.
Prior to Metro’s open-house, FFG will organize its own community engagement session later this summer. Stay tuned for meeting details and further information!
On today’s edition of Throwback Thursday, we go almost 260 years back in time when the land known as Forest Glen today was purchased by Daniel Carroll, whose son, Daniel Carroll II, would become a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the U.S. Constitution and Articles of Confederation. His other son, John Carroll, would go on to establish Georgetown University.
Prior to Carroll’s purchase in the mid 1700s, the area was occupied by an unknown number of Native American tribes, although it is unclear how the land eventually came to be sold to this prominent local family. In 1887, after being used for almost a century to grow tobacco, Forest Glen was then developed into the Ye Forest Inne, a resort hotel designed by architect T.F. Schneider.
By 1894, the resort’s business model had failed and was then purchased by John and Vesta Cassedy, former educators at the Norfolk College for Young Women in Virginia. The Cassedy family turned the resort into a women’s “finishing school” called National Park Seminary.
By 1936, the Great Depression had hit and the Seminary was rebranded into the National Park College and became an institution that focused on preparing students to enter the labor force. By WWII, the property was sold to the Department of Army under the War Powers Act of 1941.