For Myrna Rosen-Byer, getting to work next week will be as easy as walking across the street, taking an elevator down to Metro's newest station and riding a few minutes to her office at Wheaton Plaza.

Pete Anderson is hoping the new Metro station will bring tourists from downtown to his country store of antiques, crafts and gourmet foods that has served the Forest Glen community for more than 100 years.

But for Nathan L. Wilansky and many of his neighbors, the new Forest Glen Metro station, which will open Saturday after years of planning and controversy, leaves a psychological scar almost as deep as the tracks that lie beneath his quiet community.

Twelve years after Metro chose Forest Glen as the site for its off-the-Beltway subway station, the community remains bitterly divided over the impact of Metro on the century-old neighborhood.

Those in favor of the station, mostly younger people and those who work downtown or in Silver Spring -- nearly 40 percent of the community -- applaud the convenience of being a few blocks from a Metro station. An added bonus, they said, will be an increase in housing values; the average price of a house in Forest Glen now is $160,000, according to the planning department.

"It's good for the area overall. It makes getting from one place to another more convenient," said Alan Berger, a member of the Americana-Finnmark Condominium board. Berger said real estate prices rose when the station was first announced, but appear to have stabilized since then.

Holy Cross Hospital's administration supports the station's location because it will provide direct access to the hospital for its 2,000 employees, for students from George Washington University who are part of the hospital's residency program and for patients, said John Walker, a hospital spokesman.

Those opposed to the station -- and there are many -- maintain that the station should never have been built, that it is a safety hazard, that commuters trying to reach the station will tie up streets and steal residential parking spaces and that the serene nature of the neighborhood will disappear forever. Some question the safety of the elevators that will carry riders between the surface and the station 200 feet below.

"There is a great deal of question of whether there is a need to put {a Metro station} smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood," said Wilansky, president of the Sanford Vale Citizens Association, which joined a number of other area civic associations to oppose the station.

The Forest Glen station was born partly of a desire to have a Beltway stop in eastern Montgomery County and partly to generate additional ridership for a line running from Silver Spring north to Wheaton and Glenmont, said William R. Barron, a planner with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The Wheaton station also will open Saturday. There is no money for the planned Glenmont station.

Forest Glen "wasn't envisioned as a high-volume station," Barron said. "It is expected to have a large walk-in" ridership, with the remaining riders driving or catching buses from the areas east and west of the station. But as the plan progressed, the transit authority included parking spaces for 585 cars.

Because drivers coming off the Beltway onto Georgia Avenue northbound will not be able to make a left turn onto Forest Glen Road during rush hours, commuters will be forced to take a right on Forest Glen, then make a U-turn on a residential street to get to the parking garage west of Georgia.

It is the prospect of those riders pouring onto Forest Glen streets that unnerves some residents. Police have instituted a permit parking system to prohibit nonresidents from parking on local streets from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. But for some that is not enough.

"It is going to do a lot of damage to the present traffic system," said Stephen Hotsko, who has lived in the Forest Grove subdivision for 29 years. "There is going to be a bottleneck at Georgia Avenue and Forest Glen Road. Right now, they are asking us to get parking tags . . . to be able to park in front of your own house."

Montgomery Transportation Director Robert S. McGarry said that signs would be put up on the Beltway urging people exiting at Georgia Avenue to go south to the Silver Spring station instead of north to Forest Glen.

If people turn right on Forest Glen and try to backtrack to the subway station by using driveways and side streets, McGarry said, the county would take steps to restrict drivers.

"We're going to watch that," McGarry said. "If it becomes a problem, we'll fix it."

Forest Glen is a quiet community of 8,700 people bordered by the Beltway on the south, Dennis Avenue to the north, Sligo Creek on the east and Seminary Road on the west and intersected by Georgia Avenue. The area developed in the late 19th Century around what was once a resort hotel near the grounds of an exclusive finishing school for girls. The area today, with its curving roads, nearby Sligo Creek Park and wide, spacious houses, still retains some of the feel of a resort town.

Many people bought their houses when the community expanded in the early 1950s, or in the 1970s and 1980s when the area attracted baby boomers seeking to be close to the District, the Beltway and Georgia Avenue. A planning commission analysis shows that 56 percent of the homeowners have lived in the neighborhood for at least eight years.

Pete Anderson moved to the Forest Glen Park subdivision in 1962 and has been one of the owners of the 107-year-old Forest Glen Country Store, next door to the original resort hotel, for 15 years. He plans to place brochures in downtown hotels extolling the history of Forest Glen and is considering running a shuttle van the mile to his store from the Metro. He also plans to double the size of the store's small restaurant.

"We will probably do some evening meals, continue the crafts, pottery and jewelry upstairs and do more baking," Anderson said. "As far as we are concerned, we are looking forward to it."

Staff writer Stephen C. Fehr contributed to this report.