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Planning Board to Tour Long Branch Amid Backlash to Redevelopment

Residents have testified that a redeveloped Long Branch would be short on affordable housing.

Members of the Montgomery County Planning Board will take part in a guided tour of the Long Branch neighborhood Thursday, ahead of a pair of a worksessions to study the Long Branch Sector Plan. 

The public tour begins at 10 a.m. and will stop at the following areas: Arliss Street and Garland Avenue; Piney Branch Road and University Boulevard; Flower Avenue and Piney Branch Road. 

The Long Branch Sector Plan offers a framework for land use in the neighborhood over the next 15 to 20 years. Officials have said they hope that two planned Purple Line light rail stations—at Arliss Street and at University Boulevard—will "catalyze redevelopment and reinvestment" in the area.

Residents and elected officials in the area have expressed concern that redevelopment will make affordable housing sparse. 

“We’re asking you not to displace our families with these new changes that are taking place,” said one Long Branch resident at a recent Planning Board public hearing on the plan, the Gazette reports

For more on the tour of the neighborhood, check out the brochure

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