Montgomery County Citizens Lose as County Executive Leases Brickyard Property To Commercial Development

 

Brickyard Coalition
Preserving our Neighborhood 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Keith Williams 301-983-5334

March 26, 2012, Potomac, MD – As feared by the citizens impacted, Montgomery County today announced that Montgomery Soccer, Inc. (MSI) has been selected to construct, operate and manage private soccer fields on the Brickyard Road Public School site.

In fact, MSI was the only bidder. This selection of MSI comes after two years of secret meetings and negotiations behind closed doors between County Executive Ike Leggett, the Board of Education and MSI.

“The Brickyard deal was a political fix from the beginning”, said Keith Williams, President of CARF and a member of the Brickyard Coalition. “The Master Plan calls for a local park with perhaps one recreation field--not four soccer fields without a park”. “We will continue our legal and public efforts to provide an open and transparent process for the best use of the Brickyard property”.

And the promises made by Ike Leggett to the Brickyard community have been broken.

  • The County Executive Leggett promised in writing dual use of the site, but there is no dual use. The cost of the 4 soccer fields is about 3 Million but the only public amenity costs a mere $27,500--less than one percent of the overall cost. This is included solely because it is a place to park younger kids while older kids play soccer games. 99-1. Some definition of dual use.
     
  • The lease to MSI does not restrict artificial turf, it does not restrict lights and it does not restrict sound systems as also promised in writing by Leggett.
     
  • The parking spaces required in lease to MSI are totally insufficient to support the soccer fields which means cars will be parked on the streets surrounding the fields.
     
  • Montgomery County is only receiving $1500 dollars a year for this property valued at 8 Million dollars. Despite all the complaining by the County about the price Nick Maravell was paying, the County intends to charge MSI only $1500 a year to lease 20 acres in Potomac
  • The hours of operation for the soccer complex have been extended to between 7 AM and 9 PM. Goodbye neighborhood and weekends.
  • MSI will have the right to license other third-party vendors and service providers to use the facilities. Food trucks, ice cream vendors and who knows what else.

On Wednesday, the Brickyard Coalition filed a Maryland Public Information lawsuit in Circuit Court, seeking to compel County Executive Ike Leggett and David Dise, the Director of the Department of General Services, to provide all public records relating to the secret Brickyard political deal, which is required by the Maryland Public Information Act.

The Brickyard Coalition is an umbrella organization of civic groups and private citizens joined in opposition to the proposed soccer complex in our peaceful, residential neighborhood. Participating organizations include the West Montgomery County Citizens Association (WMCCA); the Civic Association of River Falls (CARF); and the Brickyard Road Citizens’ Association.

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