New Parking Garage

Opens at Metro Station

A 1,500-space parking garage opened Tuesday at the Grosvenor-Strathmore Metro station, a facility that will serve transit users and patrons of the Strathmore Hall Arts Center when it opens next year.

The $28.4 million, six-level garage replaces a surface lot and increases parking by 1,200 spaces. In addition, a walkway featuring artworks will extend from the Metro to the concert hall.

County officials said the new garage will encourage more people to use the Metro. "Improving access to transit is one of the county's highest priorities in our fight to reduce traffic congestion," County Executive Douglas M. Duncan (D) said in a statement.

The garage was financed by county revenue bonds backed by a special parking surcharge at all Montgomery Metro stations. The $4 parking fee is the same as in Metro lots; $1.50 of the amount is the special surcharge. The garage will be operated and maintained by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Voter Registration Drive

Beginning July 17, the Montgomery County Board of Elections will be conducting voter registration drives from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays at local libraries.

The drives will be held at different libraries until Oct. 7. The deadline for registering to vote in November's general election is Oct. 12.

Call your local library to find out the date for a registration drive or call 240-777-8532.

No More Room on Aid List

The Housing Opportunities Commission will not open the waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which provides rental subsidies to low-income residents of Montgomery County. Officials said the federal government cut the amount of money allocated for rent subsidies and the voucher program. Last year, nearly 10,000 residents applied to be put on the waiting list for assistance, whereas the commission usually serves between 200 and 500 new families a year through the program.

Holy Cross Doubles Its ER

A new emergency care center has opened at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, more than doubling the size of the old center. The center, at 1500 Forest Glen Rd., features $6 million in renovations, including private treatment rooms in three clinical areas: acute care, express care and pediatrics.

Patients coming into the center for treatment will be directed to one of the three areas based on their evaluation by the center's triage nursing station. Acute care patients are those who need the most immediate care. The express care center is for patients who have minor injuries or ailments; and the pediatric service features private space for parents to be with their children. For more information, call 301-754-7000.

In addition, beginning Monday, the hospital will relocate its main entrance and visitor valet service to the east side of the complex near Sligo Creek Park to allow for completion of the final phase of an $80 million expansion and renovation project.

Staff writer Mark Jones contributed to this report.