Organic farm wins out over soccer fields

The Battle of Brickyard Road appears to be over, at least for the moment.

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett announced Tuesday that he has abandoned plans to convert a popular Potomac organic farm operated for the last 30 years by Nick Maravell to soccer fields. The county leased the land from the Montgomery County School Board — owner of the 20-acre property — in 2011 with the idea of sub-leasing it Montgomery Soccer Inc., a private sports organization. The decision produced two lawsuits from neighbors — one asserting that the school board acted without transparancy to lease the property to the county, and the other opposed to soccer fields.

In a letter to the board, Leggett announced without elaboration that the county was surrendering the lease. The board voted at a special meeting Tuesday evening to cancel its lease with the county.

The land remains property of the board and is considered a possible future site for a school.

Bill Turque, who covers Montgomery County government and politics, has spent more than thirty years as a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, Newsweek, the Dallas Times Herald and The Kansas City Star.

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