Parking garage opening at Twinbrook Metro; Auction rescheduled for Natural Bridge in Va.

October 4, 2013
THE REGION
Garage opening
at Twinbrook Metro

Two Metro stations have new features opening Monday.

Metro will open a 426-space parking garage at its Twinbrook station on the Red Line.

It was built for developer JBG of Chevy Chase as part of a joint deal and replaces a surface parking lot that will become a development with offices, stores and housing.

The price of parking at the station won’t change — $5 on weekdays, free on weekends. The garage is accessible from Chapman Avenue, which runs alongside the station.

Construction started this week on the second phase of the joint project — 206 apartments and 33,000 square feet of shops.

Earlier, the garage had “extensive cracks” that were of concern to Metro officials. The contractor, Coakley & Williams, had said it was prepared to make the repairs to the garage.

Dan Stessel, Metro’s chief spokesman, said in an e-mail that “the cracks weren’t a great concern.” He noted that they were “non-structural in nature.”

But “we wanted the issue corrected before the garage opened,” he said. “Yes, we are satisfied with the fix.”

At the Rosslyn station on the Orange and Blue lines, Arlington County is opening three new high-speed elevators Monday.

Metro recently said that its escalator reliability has improved, but riders are often frustrated at the number of outages throughout the system, which has 588 escalators and 243 elevators.

— Dana Hedgpeth

THE DISTRICT
MARYLAND
VIRGINIA
Auction rescheduled
for Natural Bridge

The auction of Natural Bridge — the Virginia landmark believed to have been surveyed by a young George Washington and once owned by Thomas Jefferson — has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18. The auction had previously been set for Nov. 14.

The auction will include the bridge itself, a 150-room hotel, Natural Bridge Caverns and approximately 1,600 acres. A company was retained by the principal owner, Angelo Puglisi, to sell the landmark, which was bought from King George III by Thomas Jefferson. Many believe it was surveyed in 1750 by George Washington, and the initials “G.W.” are carved on the wall of the bridge, 23 feet up.

— Associated Press

Man wins lottery
for a second time

A Chester man who won $1 million in Virginia’s $5 Million Club lottery game in August has struck it lucky again.

The Virginia Lottery said Friday that Marvin Bouldin won $2 million on a scratch-off ticket in the Millionaire Mania game.

Bouldin took the cash option of $1.5 million before taxes. The convenience store where he bought the ticket received a $10,000 bonus from the Lottery.

Bouldin says he’s “still the same person” despite his double stroke of luck.

— Associated Press

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